Swiss Hound (Schweizer Laufhund)

Swiss Hound
(Schweizer Laufhund)

Origin: Switzerland

  – Males: 49-59cm
  – Females: 47-57cm

Varieties: Bernese Hound, Jura Hound, Lucerne Hound and Schwyz Hound

Also Known As: Schweizer Laufhund; Swiss Hound; Chien Courant Suisse

Swiss Hound
St. Hubert Jura Laufhund
MBIS RBCSWO Ch. Madelaine Sur l’Etang
Photo credit: Mason Kennels

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Breed Profile

The Swiss Hound is a very determined and capable hunter, used to hunt hare, roe deer, fox as well as boar. The main differences between the four varieties of the breed are their skin and coat colours. The breed is of medium size with a lean head and long muzzle and with an appearance of nobility.

In temperament, the Swiss Hound is passionate about hunting, sensitive, docile and very loyal to his family members.


Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Swiss Hound puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main General Information page.)

Additional Health Resources:


Breed Standards


Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.


Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.


Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Breed Listing

*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit:

*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.

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