Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Smålandsstövare

Smaland Hound


ORIGIN

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FCI
Sweden.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
17.07.1997.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Scent hound used for hunting hare and fox. It is not a pack hound and not used for hunting deer.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.2Scenthounds, Medium-sized Hounds
With working trial

UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Renée Sporre-Willes.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
A great variety of scent hounds existed in the county of Småland during the 19Th century. Some, whose ancestry came from German, Polish and Baltic hounds, had accompanied soldiers returning to Småland from the great wars (1611-1718). Those hounds together with local farm dogs of spitz type with an addition of English hounds became the foundation of the Smålandsstövare. Size as well as colour varied, as did the length of tail. Some where black-and-tan, others red or yellow. White markings were common. Some dogs were born with short tails. In the early 20Th century great efforts were made to re-establish the old Smålandsstövare, mainly the bobtailed variety, although the first standard drawn in 1921 allowed both the natural short and long tail. Colour was primarily decided to be black-and-tan but red and yellow was allowed as was white markings. The Smålandsstövare has had continuing additions of new blood, sometimes with strong lines to other breeds. The last time new blood was added was in the 1950’s, when for a short period, dogs of accepted type but with unknown background where registered as Smålandsstövare.
UKC
The Smaland Hound originated in Sweden. It is a combination of scenthounds from Germany and Poland, mixed with English hounds and local spitz type dogs. As recently as the 1950’s new blood has been added to the breed by recognizing dogs that were of similar type but unknown pedigree. The Smaland Hound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Robust dog with a somewhat elegant look. It should be strong but not heavy in built. Coat should be harsh.
UKC
Robust and strong, somewhat elegant, with a harsh coat.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Almost square in body. Depth of body should be nearly equal to half of the height at withers.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Calm, kind dog with a faithful and keen temperament.
UKC
Calm and kind with a faithful and keen temperament.

HEAD

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CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Lean and of medium length. Broadest between the ears.
UKC
The skull is lean and of medium width. It is broadest between the ears. The stop is well defined.

Stop

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FCI
Stop well defined, distance from occiput to stop should be equal to that from stop to tip of nose.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Nose black, with large nostrils.
UKC
The black nose has large nostrils.

Muzzle

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FCI
Muzzle well developed, neither coarse nor snipy. Bridge of nose straight and parallel to line of skull.
UKC
The muzzle is the same length as the skull. It is well developed. The nasal bridge is straight and parallel to the top of the skull. The cheeks are lean. The upper lips only slightly overhang the lower.

Lips

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FCI
Upper lips only slightly overhanging.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Scissor bite. Teeth strong and well developed.
UKC
The Smaland Hound has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Cheeks

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FCI
Cheeks lean.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark brown with calm expression.
UKC
The dark brown eyes have a calm expression.

Ears

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FCI
Set fairly high and slightly raised when the dog is attentive. Slightly shorter than the distance from base of ear to half-way along muzzle. Hanging flat and tips rounded.
UKC
Set fairly high and hanging flat, the ears are slightly raised when the dog is attentive, and are rounded at the tips. They should reach only half way along the muzzle when pulled forward.

NECK

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FCI
Moderately long, powerful without being coarse, merging beautifully into shoulders. Skin on neck supple and close fitting.
UKC
Moderately long, powerful and clean, the neck fits smoothly into the shoulders.

BODY

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UKC
The body is square in proportion. The chest is well developed, and the ribs are well sprung. The withers are well defined, and the back is short and powerful. The loin is muscular and slightly arched, and the croup is broad and slightly sloping. The belly is only slightly tucked up.

Withers

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FCI
Withers well defined.

Back

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FCI
Back short and powerful.

Loin

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FCI
Loin musclar and slightly arched.

Croup

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FCI
Croup slightly inclined, long and broad.

Chest

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FCI
Chest well developed with well sprung ribs.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Belly only slightly tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Either long and set on in a straight line with the back. Straight or slightly curved in sabre fashion. Barely reaching hocks. Half length tails also permissible. When the dog moves, tail preferably not carried above the level of the back.
Naturally born short tail ( stumpy tail ), beartail permissible.
UKC
Long, set on a straight line with the back, and carried straight or slightly curved; half length; natural bob. Full or half length tails are preferably carried below the line of the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
When viewed from front forelegs appear straight and parallel. Strong bone in harmony with the general appearance of the dog.
UKC
The shoulder blades and upper arms are long, and form a right angle.

Shoulder

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FCI
Shoulder long, muscular and well laid back. Closely lying.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Upper arm long and forming a right angle to shoulders.

Elbow

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FCI
Elbow set close to body and not visible under ribcage.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The elbows set close to the body. The legs are straight and parallel, with strong bone. The pasterns are springy and slightly sloping.

Pastern

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FCI
Springy and forming a slight angle to forearm.

FEET

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UKC
The feet are firm, with well knuckled, tight toes.

Forefeet

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FCI
Firm with well knuckled and tight toes.

Hind feet

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FCI
Like front feet. Dewclaws undesirable.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong and parallel when viewed from behind.
UKC
The hindquarters are strong, and the legs are parallel when viewed from behind.

Thigh

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FCI
Muscles well developed and thighs broad when viewed from side.

Stifle

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FCI
Well angulated.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The thighs are broad, and the stifle and hock joints are well angulated. The rear pasterns are short, lean and straight.

Hock joint

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FCI
Well angulated.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Short, lean and straight.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Parallel, strong and long-reaching.
UKC
Parallel, strong and long reaching.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Medium length, harsh, close fitting coat that is coarser on back and neck. Undercoat short, dense and soft. On head, ears and front of legs coat should be short and smooth coach. Under the tail and back of thighs top coat longer than on the back. Coat well developed between toes and pads.
UKC
Medium length, harsh and close fitting, with a well developed undercoat. Under the tail and on the backs of the thighs the hair may be slightly longer.

COLOUR

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FCI
Black-and-tan. Tan, any shade from amber to a warm auburn. Small white markings permissible on chest and toes.
UKC
Black and tan, with or without small white markings on the chest and toes.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI

Males 46-54 cm, Ideal size 50 cm.
Females 42-52 cm, Ideal size 46 cm.
UKC
Height at the withers for males is 18 to 21 inches. For females, it is 16.5 to 20 inches.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • Wrong proportions, i.e. too rectangular in body.
  • Lack of masculinity or femininity.
  • Heavy head, broad skull.
  • Short or snipey muzzle.
  • Pendulous lip corner.
  • Overshot or undershot bite, level bite.
  • Light eyes.
  • Too long in back.
  • Short, steep croup.
  • Tail carried over level of the back.
  • Restricted hind movement.
  • Short or thin coat.
  • Lack of tan-markings ; black pencilling in the tan.
  • Too much white or white in non-permissible areas.
  • Liver-and-tan colour.
UKC

Teeth: Overshot, undershot or level bite.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Color: Lack of tan markings. Black penciling in the tan markings. White in non permissible areas. Liver and tan coloration.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Aloofness.
  • Pronounced over- or undershot bite.
  • Height at withers which is less than or exceeds allowed variations by more than 1 cm.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.