Smous from the Netherlands

Other names: Dutch Griffon, Hollandse Smoushound

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The Smous of the Netherlands is a sturdy, compact and powerfully built small dog without coarseness or heaviness. It is recognizable by its rough coat and is cut for rodent hunting.



Photo: Smous breed dog from the Netherlands on Woopets
Hair type Long
Origin Netherlands
Template Small
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight
Female From 9 kg to 10 kg From 35 cm to 40 cm
Male From 9 kg to 10 kg From 37 cm to 42 cm
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History of the breed

Dutch breeders, including Mme. M. Barkman van der Weel, nevertheless endeavored to safeguard the breed, which gained renewed interest from the 1970s. The Hollandse Smoushond Club was thus founded in 1978. La Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized the breed definitively on March 11, 1981.

Physical features

His coat: long (4 to 7 cm), coarse, wire-like, straight and giving the dog a shaggy appearance. Presence of an undercoat. Longer on the cheeks, with mustaches, beard and eyebrows.
Its color: all shades of single-colored yellow, ideally dark straw.
His head: rather broad, rather short, with a trim typical of the breed. The stop is well marked, the skull is relatively short and a little rounded, the nose black and broad, the muzzle straight, the lips black and tight.
Its ears: small, drooping, set high, with the tips pressed forward against the cheeks when the dog is awake.
His eyes: large, round, dark brown in color, displaying a look that is both friendly and lively.
Her body: writable in a square (a little longer in the female), giving an impression of vigor. The back is straight, the kidney slightly arched, the croup slightly inclined, the belly very slightly raised.
Its tail: short (not exceeding the hock), carried happily, but without curling over the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Dutch Smous are alert and energetic dogs, without being overactive. He is rather obedient, very friendly, sociable and full of cheerfulness. The Smous from the Netherlands knows how to give affection and, when it comes to being active, to be agile and enthusiastic. He enjoys family life and the company of children . At home, he behaves mainly as an alarm dog, ready to alert any suspicious intrusion.

The Dutch Smous is a fairly easy dog to train and socialize . Docile and intelligent, he will do anything to please his master. A small dose of firmness, associated with softness and play, will make a balanced dog and very pleasant to live with.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Smous of the Netherlands adapts to all lifestyles as long as it is walked enough. He needs to stay active and close to his family . We should therefore avoid leaving him alone for too long and make sure to offer him enough activities on a daily basis. It is not a problem at home, unless you have rodents as pets. His past as a rat hunter can resurface in the presence of what he considers pests.



Ease of gaining weight

The Smous of the Netherlands is an overall robust dog with solid health . He doesn’t fear much disease as long as we take care of him properly. He has a good life expectancy, reaching 14 years on average .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Smous dog insurance from the Netherlands .

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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Smous from the Netherlands is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Smous from the Netherlands is fairly easy to maintain . You just have to take care of the regular maintenance of her shaggy dress.

The Smous of the Netherlands needs a lot of exercise to be active and to be happy. Several daily walks are recommended.

It is recommended to brush the dog weekly to keep a clean and protective coat.

Price and budget

Purchase price


The purchase price of a Smous from the Netherlands is between NC and NC.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Dutch Smous is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


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