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Smålandsstövare
Smaland-Stövare.jpg
Other names Smalands Hound
Country of origin Sweden
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The Smålandsstövare (also known as Smalands Hound) is a breed of dog that originated in Sweden in the 1500s. Thought to be the oldest scent hound breed in Sweden, it was first recognized by the Swedish Kennel Club in 1921.

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Description

Appearance

The Smalandsstovare typically weighs between 33 and 40 pounds (15 to 18 kg), and stands 17–20 inches (43–51 cm) tall. The coat is typically black with tan markings, similar to those of a Rottweiler. It has been thought that perhaps the Smalandsstovare's naturally short tail(never docked) was a trait created by a very early breeder named Baron von Essen.

Temperament

Although mostly seen as a hunter's companion, The Smalandsstovare is quite a willing dog and can make an ever-lasting friend. The Smalandsstovare is very loyal to one's owner and will put itself between an intruder.

History

There is historical proof that this dog was used for pursuing hares and foxes in the Middle Ages. However, for the Smalandsstrovare, selective breeding hadn't started until the 19th century, which made it recognized finally in 1921.

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