Swiss Hound
St. Hubert Jura Laufhund
MBIS RBCSWO Ch. Madelaine Sur l'Etang
Photo courtesy of Mason Kennels

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds 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.




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

Breed Profile:

The Swiss Hound (also known as the Schweizer Laufhund or Chien Courant Suisse) is a very determined and capable hunter, used to hunt hare, roe deer, fox as well as boar. Today, there are four varieties of Swiss Hounds: The Bernese Hound, Jura Hound, Lucerne Hound and Schwyz Hound. The main differences between the varieties 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 Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

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Training Resources

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Additional Information

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Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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