Dutch Smoushound

Dutch Smoushound Breed description: Character & Co

Dutch Smoushound


PROFILE: Hollandse Smoushond - origin, history & suitability.

The Hollandse Smoushond, often referred to simply as the Dutch Smoushond, originated in the Netherlands. According to historical sources, this dog became popular in the 19th century, especially in Amsterdam:

  • Amsterdam dog: it was considered the "gentleman's terrier" and was especially popular among city dwellers.
  • Threatened with extinction: After the Second World War, only a few of this breed were still to be found. However, through targeted breeding programs, the population could be rebuilt.


The Hollandse Smoushond is characterized by its adaptability and friendliness, making it an excellent family and companion dog:

  • Family Dog: With its friendly and gentle nature, it gets along well with children and other pets.
  • Alertness: despite its small size, it is a vigilant dog and sounds the alarm when strangers approach.
  • Adaptable: whether living in an apartment in the city or a house in the country, the Smoushond adapts to different living conditions.


The Hollandse Smoushond is not only a part of Dutch history, but also an ideal companion for families and singles. His friendly nature, combined with alertness, makes him an excellent housemate. Despite his almost forgotten history, new life has been breathed into him through breeding programs, so today he can once again be found in many Dutch households. Those looking for an adaptable, loyal and loving dog will find the perfect partner in the Hollandse Smoushond.

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Dutch smoushond isolated on white
Alternate Name Hollandse Smoushond, Dutch Rattler
Origin Netherlands
Life expectancy 12 - 15 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Pinscher and Schnauzer type
AKC group not recognised
KC group Terrier Group

Basic nature

The Hollandse Smoushond is primarily a friendly and lively companion. Originally bred as a stable dog, he often shows a marked alertness without being aggressive.

Character traits at a glance

  • Social and Friendly: This dog is known for its amiable nature. He gets along well with children and other pets when properly socialized.

  • Alert: Although he is small, he has a strong guarding instinct. He will warn his territory and family of strangers, but is not aggressive.

  • Adaptable: He will adapt to both city life and country life as long as he gets enough exercise.

  • Intelligent and Capable of Learning: The Hollandse Smoushond learns quickly and responds well to positive reinforcement.

Interaction and Socialization

  • With Children: He is tolerant and patient with children, although early socialization and supervision are important.

  • With other animals: He does well with other pets, especially if he grows up with them from a young age.

  • With strangers: He can be a bit reserved at first, but quickly warms up and becomes friendly with the right introduction.


The Hollandse Smoushond is an ideal family dog for those looking for an active, intelligent and loyal companion. His friendly and adaptable nature, combined with his alert instincts, make him a valuable member of many households. With proper training and socialization, he will undoubtedly be a loyal and loving companion.



The Hollandse Smoushond is known for its rough, weather-resistant coat. It not only gives him his characteristic appearance, but also protects him from various weather conditions:

  • Brushing: To keep the coat in good condition, it should be brushed regularly. This prevents matting and keeps the skin healthy.
  • Bathing: This dog only needs to be bathed when it is particularly dirty. Excessive bathing can strip the coat of its natural oils.
  • Ears & Eyes: The ears should be checked weekly and cleaned as needed. Eyes need to be checked regularly for redness or discharge.


The Hollandse Smoushond is generally hardy and less susceptible to many genetic diseases:

  • Known Problems: As with many breeds, hip dysplasia or eye problems can occur.
  • Life Expectancy: With good care and nutrition, this dog has a life expectancy of 12-15 years.


When breeding the Hollandse Smoushond, it is important to follow the breed standards and to pay attention to the health of the breeding animals:

  • Breeding associations: there are special breeding associations and clubs dedicated to the preservation of this breed.
  • Health Testing: Before breeding, both parents should be tested for known breed specific diseases.
  • Socialization: puppies should be socialized early and acclimated to different environments, people and other animals.


The Hollandse Smoushond is an easy to care for and hardy dog that can live a long, healthy life with proper care and nutrition. When breeding, attention should always be paid to the health and welfare of the animals in order to preserve the breed for future generations.

Hollandse Smoushond sitting

The Hollandse Smoushond has a rough, weather-resistant coat. This coat not only protects him from the elements, but also gives him his characteristic appearance:

  • Color: The coat is a solid shade of yellow. Variations of this yellow can occur, but they should not be too light or too dark.
  • Texture: It is rough and wiry, but should never be curly.
  • Care: Despite its coarseness, the coat is easy to care for. Regular brushing is sufficient to remove dead hairs and to aerate the skin.


The Hollandse Smoushond has a square body proportion. This means that the height and length of the body are approximately equal:

  • Head: His head is relatively broad with a round skull shape. The eyes are dark and round, while the ears are medium sized and pendulous.
  • Expression: The Hollandse Smoushond has a friendly and curious expression, which reflects his outgoing nature.


  • Size: The shoulder height will be between 37-42 cm for males and 35-40 cm for females.
  • Weight: The ideal weight is between 9-10 kg for males and 7-9 kg for females.


The Hollandse Smoushond is notable for its distinctive, coarse coat and friendly expression. With its compact size and easy-care coat, it is the ideal companion for families and dog lovers looking for an uncomplicated four-legged friend with a strong character.

Fur length medium
Fur -
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy square
Size ♀ 35 - 40 cm
Weight ♀ 7 - 11 kg
Size ♂ 37 - 42 cm
Weight ♂ 7 - 11 kg
Suitable For Beginner, Children, Seniors

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