Swiss Hound

Other names: Bernois, Courant Bernois, Bruno du Jura, Lucernois, Courant schwytzois, Schweizer Laufhund

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The Swiss Hound is a medium-sized, vigorous hunting dog, built for endurance and with a noble appearance. There are 4 varieties of Swiss Hound, differentiated mainly by the color of the coat: the Bernese Hound, the Bruno du Jura, the Lucerne Hound and the Schwyz Hound (Schwyz Hound)



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Hair type Short
Origin Swiss
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 15 kg to 20 kg From 49 cm to 59 cm
Male From 15 kg to 20 kg From 49 cm to 59 cm
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History of the breed

The Swiss Hound is a breed with very ancient origins . It was represented in Roman times (Helvétie) in particular in a mosaic discovered in the current Avenches, which then bore Aventicum. Popular with hunters and Italian farmers (15th century) and French (18th century), the Swiss Hound a total of 5 varieties; in addition to those mentioned above, there was also the Thurgau scent, which has since disappeared. The first standards were drawn up in 1882, then revised in 1909.

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Physical features

His hair: short, dense, smooth, finer on the head and on the ears.
Its color: white with black spots or saddle and fawn markings for the Bernese Hound. Fawn with black or black coat with fawn markings for Bruno du Jura. Blue (association of black and white hairs), speckled and spotted with black (or saddle), with tawny markings for the Lucerne Hound. White with spots or fawn orange saddle or slightly trout for the Schwyz Hound.
His head: dry. The skull is elongated, narrow, domed. The occipital protuberance is apparent, the stop is marked but not excessively, the nose very black, the nostrils wide open, the fine and narrow muzzle, the lips not very developed, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors, the dry cheeks and the zygomatic arches. not prominent.
His ears: long, narrow, drooping, flexible, rounded at their end and furnished with fine hair. Set low, below the eye line and behind the skull.
Her eyes: more or less dark brown, in accordance with the color of the dress. Oval in shape, medium in size and showing a look full of sweetness.
His body: the neck is elongated and well muscled, the top line forms a harmonious line, the withers are very slightly marked, the neckline open and full of elegance, the back compact and straight, the kidney supple and muscular, the Croup a little sloping and elongated, the chest rather high and well let down, the ribs slightly arched, the belly slightly raised and the flank full.
Its tail: moderately long, thin at its end, in line with the croup and slightly curved upwards. Hanging when the dog is at rest, carried higher when awake or in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Swiss Hound is characterized by great vivacity , associated with remarkable gentleness and a deep attachment to its master. In hunting action, he shows passion, determination and endurance. Specialized in shooting hare, roe deer, fox and, more rarely, wild boar, the Swiss Hound prefers to evolve alone with his master than within a pack. His ability to give voice and that of working on difficult terrain are particularly appreciated.

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The Swiss Hound is not complicated to train if you start it early enough and firmly . Any form of brutality should however be ruled out in favor of an education based essentially on positive reinforcement . His hunting instincts facilitate his learning, while making it necessary to acquire a good recall from an early age.

Living conditions

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

Developed for hunting, the Swiss Hound can adapt to urban living world if it is walked enough and has a large fenced garden .


Ease of gaining weight

The Swiss Hound enjoys fairly solid health . There is no predisposition to a particular disease for this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Swiss Hound is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

The Swiss Hound only asks for basic maintenance measures.

It is recommended to brush the dog regularly, once or twice a week , in order to get rid of dead hair and maintain its cleanliness and well-being.

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price


The purchase price of a Swiss Hound is between NC and NC.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Swiss Hound is between € 450 and € 650.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Long daily walks allow the Swiss Hound to exercise and be stimulated.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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