Get to know the Dutch Smoushond
All you need to know about the breed
With their good looks and affable personality, the Dutch Smoushond is certainly a top terrier all round. Both friendly and laid-back, they are well-suited to a busy family life (or, indeed, any other domestic set-up). Very gentle dogs, and naturally playful, the Dutch Smoushond is known for being particularly good with children, once trained.
Hailing from the Netherlands, the origins of the Dutch Smoushond are somewhat shrouded in mystery. Thought to be descended from the schnauzer group of dogs, what we do know is that they became popular among the local gentry in the late 1800s, often used in stables to keep the local rodents in check. More recently, with their excellent temperament, they have become highly prized as a companion animal.
Often described as almost teddy-bear-like in their looks, the Dutch Smoushond can be distinguished by their shaggy, unkempt coats, appealing dark-brown eyes and short, waggy tails – not to mention their full-on facial hair (“smous” meaning bearded in Dutch). Agile and muscular, the Dutch Smoushond does need a fair amount of exercise every day. But, at other times, they’ll be more than content to curl up on the couch with you.
2 facts about Dutch Smoushonds
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Dutch Smoushond