Breed Standard

Swiss Hound has very antique origins. His presence already in the times of ancient Rome is defined on the mosaic.
Swiss Hound has 4 color variations:
1.) Bernese Hound
2.) The Jurassic Hound
3.) The Hound Luzern
4.) Schwyz Hound


Eng .: Swiss Hound; ger. Schweizer Laufhund; cz .: Švýcarský honič


Swiss Hound has very ancient origins. His presence already in the times of ancient Rome is defined on a mosaic, discovered at Avenches, it is presented in packs of various Swiss hounds. In the 15th century it was searched by Italian dog lovers and in the 18th century by the French in particular also for its exceptional ability to hunt hares. His lineage was probably influenced by hounds of French origin, who were transferred back to Switzerland by mercenaries. In 1882 the establishment of standards for each of the five variants of the Swiss Hound. In 1909, those standards were revised and were reported disappearance Thurgoviského dog. January 22, 1933 he was appointed a single standard for all 4 variants of the Swiss Hound. The ancient version of Jurassic hound, type St. Hubert, meanwhile disappeared.


Swiss Hound is a hunting dog used for hunting hares, foxes and boars sometimes. He hunts in an independent manner, also on difficult terrain, wild chases and hunts very firmly and decisively.
Swiss hound is a dog of medium size, its body structure reveals great stamina and strength. He has a lean head and long muzzle with long ears that give the impression of refinement.
There are 4 versions of the Swiss Hound:
1.) Bernese Hound (Bernese Hound)
2.) The Jurassic Hound (Jura Hound)
3.) The Hound Luzern (Lucerne Hound)
4.) The Swiss – Švycký Hound (Schwyz Hound)

The length of the body is in proportion to his height at withers about 1,15 / 1st

The height at the withers is in proportion to the depth of chest about 2/1.

The length of muzzle is in proportion to the length of skull about 1/1.

The skull is elongated, narrow, lean, rather round, has a noble impression axes of the skull and muzzle are slightly divergent. Frontal furrow and wrinkles are present. Stop is defined, but not significantly. The nose is completely black, well developed, with wide nostrils. The nose is sharper, narrow, it does not end with the tip or square, nasal bridge straight or very slightly convex. Lips: Moderately developed, upper lip just covers the lower jaw. Cheeks: Clean, zygomatic arch is not prominent. His eyes are dark or light brown, correspond to the color of the coat, slightly oval, medium-sized, eyeliner are well pigmented eyes have a very soft expression. The ears are set well above eye level, pointing to the back of the skull, long, reaching down to his nose. Ear is not noticeable, the ears are narrow and furrowed podklesávají, twisted ends and rounded, supple and covered with fine hairs. The neck is elongated, elegant, muscular, with loose skin on the front, but without noticeable dewlap. Neck, back, shoulders and tail should form a harmonious and noble outline. Withers: discreetly defined. Back is strong and straight. Chest deep rather than wide, is well reduced, reaching at least to the elbows. TAIL: Set in prolongation of the croup, of medium length, elegant, tapering to a point, it is formed into a slightly zvedajícího it spins at rest or in slow gait mostly hanging without a distinct spin. When an action or motion is carried over the line stern, but never falling over the back, never curled, it is densely covered with hair, but not gross or riser. Forelimbs has very muscular, lean, without heaviness, when viewed from the front, parallel, seen in profile are vertical, they have good bone structure. Shoulders long and sloping, well connected to the chest. Forearm straight, wide and wrist joints are strong and wide. Hind legs are very muscular, but in harmonious relation to the forelimbs. The paws are almost spherical, with tight toes, pads hard and coarse and strong nails, colored as well as the color of the coat. The movement is light and regular, his back should remain at the same level, with slight oscillations of the head and neck.

His skin is soft, supple and well-fitting, in 4 color variations:
1.) Bernese Hound
– Under the black coat has black skin under the white coat is slightly white and black marble.
2.) Jura Hound
– Under the black coat has a black skin underneath tan colored coat is a little lighter.
3.) Lucerne Hound
– Under the black coat has black skin, blue spots under the skin is a little lighter.
4.) Schwyz Hound
– Under orange coat has a dark gray-colored skin, white hair beneath the skin is white and black marble.


dog the tap 49 to 59 cm, without any tolerance.
Female has a tap 47 to 57 cm, without any tolerance.


Swiss hound weigh between 15-20 kg.


Swiss Hound has a short, smooth and thick hair on the head and ears is very soft.
There are 4 color rainbow Swiss Hound:
1.) Bernese Hound
– Has a white coat with black patches or black saddle, with light or dark tan markings around the eyes, cheeks, inside the ears and around the hole; white coloration sometimes occurs with very slight black spots.
2.) Jura Hound
– A tan coat color, with a black blanket, sometimes with black coating; a tan or black markings around the eyes, on the cheeks, around the vent and on the legs; Sometimes it may appear small white patch on the chest which may be slightly speckled (black or gray dotted)
3.) Lucerne Hound
– My hair colored “blue”, which results from a combination of black and white hairs, very heavily speckled, with black patches or white saddle is light or dark tan markings above the eyes, nose, chest, around the vent and on the legs; black “blanket” is enabled.
4.) Schwyz Hound
– A white or orange patches or orange saddle; White color is sometimes very slight orange ticking; orange “blanket” is enabled.


Swiss Hound is an independent, lively and passionate dog enthusiastic for hunting. It is sensitive, docile and very attached to his master. It needs a slight but consistent training.


Swiss Hound needs plenty of regular exercise, long walks, regular load and adequate grooming. Otherwise it does not require any special care.


Swiss Hound on average live to 12-13 years.




Hunting dog and companion.


FCI VI. – Scenthounds and related breeds.
Chapter 1.2. – Hounds of medium size.
With working trial.
The official abbreviation in the Czech Republic:
Swiss Hound: SVH
1.) Bernese Hound: BRH
2.) The Jurassic Hound: SVH
3.) The Hound Luzern: LZH
4.) The Swiss Hound: SVH


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