Dutch Smoushond

FCI standard Nº 308

Origin
The Netherlands
Translation
Hollandse Smoushondenclub
Translation approved by the Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied in Nederland, 02.06.2010 /original version: (EN)
Group
Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer type- Molossian and Swiss Mountain- and Cattle dogs
Section
Section 1.3 Pinscher and Schnauzer type
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Wednesday 11 March 1981
Publication of the official valid standard
Wednesday 02 June 2010
Last update
Friday 16 March 2012
En français, cette race se dit
Smous des Pays-Bas
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Holländischer Smoushund
En español, esta raza se dice
Perro Smous holandés
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Hollandse Smoushond

Usage

Companion Dog.

Brief historical summary

In the middle of the nineteenth century it was very popular amongst the upper middle classes in the Netherlands to follow horse and carriage and to catch rats in the stables. Although the origin of the breed is uncertain it is generally believed that the yellow Schnauzer was one of the original dogs in the creation of the breed. A dog dealer in Amsterdam sold these dogs as ‘Gentleman’s stable dogs’ to visitors of the Amsterdam commodity exchange. Soon the name changed into ‘Smous’ i.e. rough bearded. This was to distinguish it from the Brussels Griffon. The first Standard dates back to 1905; it was drawn up by Messrs. H.A. Earl of Bylandt, A. Woltman Elpers and L. Seegers. After a long period in which popularity and decreasing public interest took turns, the last litter was registered in the Dutch Stud book, Nederlands Honden Stamboek (N.H.S.B.) in 1949. In 1973 Mrs H.M. Barkman van der Weel took the initiative to reconstruct the breed. She started with crossbreeds that looked like the Dutch Smousdog.
Since 1978 the interests of the Hollandse Smoushond is protected by the Hollandse Smoushonden Club. In 1980 the 1905 standard was revised.

General appearance

Rough coated, lively, active, strong and squarely built. Compact and sturdy. Bitches are allowed slightly more length of body.

Important proportions

Height at the withers preferably equal to physical length of body.
The relation between length of the skull, from occipital bone to stop, and length of the muzzle, from stop to tip of nose, is 2:1.
The depth of chest is about half of the height at the withers.

Behaviour / temperament

The Dutch Smoushond is affectionate, gay, friendly and free spirited by nature, has a lively disposition but is not nervously over-active, nor easily frightened.

Head

Cranial region

Head
The head is broad and shortish with a distinct stop. The garnishing is very characteristic.
Skull
Broad and shortish, slightly domed. 
Stop
Distinct.

Facial region

Nose
Preferably black and broad.
Muzzle
Broad. The length of the muzzle is preferably half the length of the distance stop-occipital bone. Bridge of the nose straight.
Lips
Tight with black rims.
Jaws and teeth
Preferably a scissors bite. A pincer bite (edge to edge) or just slightly undershot mouth is not considered as faulty.
Eyes
The dark brown eyes are very typical of the breed, they have a friendly and lively expression and they are large and round, neither bulging nor deep-set.
Ears
The ears are rather high-set, relatively small and drooping. When the dog is alert, the points of the ears lean a little forward against the cheeks.

Neck

Rather short and muscular.

Body

Body
The body must give an impression of sturdiness.
Topline
The neck line runs smoothly into the upper line of the body.
Back
Straight.
Loin
Slightly arched.
Croup
Slightly sloping.
Chest
Gives a broad impression, not unduly deep and with well sprung ribs. Forechest not very pronounced.
Underline and belly
The belly is slightly tucked-up.

Tail

The tail is rather short, preferably no longer than reaching to the hock joint, carried gaily but not curled over the back.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Moderately angulated, strong and muscular.
Shoulders
Moderately sloping.
Upper arm
About the same length as shoulder blade.
Elbows
Close to body.
Forearm
Legs straight with sturdy bone, placed well under the body.
Pastern
Rather upright.
Forefeet
Round, neat and small (cat-feet.) Dark nails are preferred.

Hindquarters

Generality
Moderately angulated, strong and muscular.
Upper thigh
Of same length as lower thigh.
Lower thigh
Of same length as thigh.
Stifle
Moderately angulated.
Metatarsus
No dewclaws.
Hock
Moderately angulated.
Hind feet
Round, neat and small (cat-feet.) Dark nails are preferred.

Gait and movement

An easy, supple and regular gait.

Coat

Hair
Hair on the body is coarse, wiry, harsh, straight and with an unkempt look about it, approx. 4-7 cms long with a sufficient undercoat. Curly or woolly coat and tendencies to mat are undesirable. Hair on the head is preferably of the same wiry texture as on the body. The hair is longer on the cheeks and forms moustaches, beard and eyebrows. The eyebrows may drop a little over the eyes as long as they do not hide the eyes or interfere with the sight. The legs are covered with the same textured hair as on the body though slightly shorter. The hair on legs is pointing backwards, thus suggesting a slight feathering; no dense or woolly coat must cover the legs, thus hiding the true outline. The hair on the tail is bushy all over.
Colour
Self-coloured yellow in any shades with a preference for a dark straw colour. Ears, moustaches, beard and eyebrows may be of a darker nuance of yellow. Any other colour than yellow is undesirable.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Males: approx. 37-42 cms. Females: approx. 35-40 cms.
Weight
The weight varies between 7 - 11 kgs.

Faults

• 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 and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
 Lack of breed type.
 Fraudulent modification of the dog or evidence of such practice by use of substances or surgery.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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