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Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund
Small Swiss Hound
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Schwyz Hound, a variety of Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund
Country of origin Switzerland

The Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund (FCI No, 60) (translated into English as the Small Swiss Hound, is a breed of dog of the scenthound type from Switzerland. Niederlaufhund means short-legged hound. The breed has a number of different varieties (all of the same breed).



The general appearance is of a hound similar to the Schweizer Laufhund, with a smaller body and shorter legs. The breed has long drop ears and a long tail. Size is 35-43 cm (13.8 -16.9 ins) at the withers, females somewhat smaller.

The varieties of the Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund are arranged by coat colour and texture:

  • Small Bernese Hound (Berner Niederlaufhund) - tricolour: white, black and tan, tan marks over the eyes.
    • smooth-haired Small Bernese Hound - short and smooth coat
    • coarse-haired Small Bernese Hound - harsh single coat, small beard on the face
  • Small Jura Hound (Jura Niederlaufhund) -smooth single coat, black with tan markings above the eyes, some white.
  • Small Lucerne Hound (Luzerner Niederlaufhund) - smooth white coat speckled with grey or black to give a blue appearance, with black patches and tan marks over the eyes.
  • Small Schwyz Hound (Schwyzer Niederlaufhund )- smooth white coat with yellow-red to orange-red patches.


The smaller, shorter-legged hounds were bred from the Schweizer Laufhund in the early 1900s, for hunting in smaller areas. The Schweizer Niederlaufhund Club was formed in 1905.[1]


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