The Dutch Smoushond, also known as the Dutch Ratter, is a breed of small dogs developed from terrier-like ratters used in the stables of the Netherlands and Germany. Thought to be linked to the popular German breed Schnauzer, the Dutch Smoushond is not well-known outside its country of origin. It is characterized by a broad, short head, domed skull, large, round eyes, black nose, high-set, drop ears, short, muscular neck, straight forelegs, moderately angular, strong hindquarters, and somewhat short tail carried gaily.
|Other Names||Dutchie, Hollandse Smoushond|
|Coat||Wiry, coarse, harsh, straight, with an unkempt appearance|
|Color||All shades of yellow, preferably dark straw|
|Temperament||Affectionate, obedient, intelligent|
|Litter Size||2-5 puppies|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Netherlands|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||ACR, ACA, APRI, DRA, CKC, FCI, NKC, UKC|
Although the exact origin of the Hollandse Smoushond is unclear, its ancestors might have been influenced by the Schnauzers. During the late 19th century, the dogs were known as a gentleman’s companion, commonly kept as pets for their excellent ratting ability. However, during the Second World War, its population declined to the point of extinction.
In the 1970s, a Dutch dog enthusiast named Mrs. Barkman started to revive the breed through selective cross-breeding with other breeds, including Border Terrier crosses. A reference to this breed appears in Rien Poortvliet’s book “Dogs.”
The Hollandse Smoushond Club was established in 1905 for registering the dogs as purebred. The FCI acknowledged the breed in 2001.
The Smoushond is a loving family companion that is always eager to please its people. Since it is cheerful by nature, it will happily keep you entertained throughout the day with its playful antics.
Friendly, sober, and sensitive, the dog is known for its adaptability. It can live in an apartment provided it gets an adequate amount of exercise.
Although it remains gentle around humans, it is always alert to people it does not know. It can live peacefully with other pets including cats and dogs.
Because of its smartness and docile nature, it is considered a trainable breed.
Socializing your dog early by walking it around a public place and introducing it to people around it is important. Do not reward your Smoushond for being skittish of unknown people, and be sure to let them pet your dog in its chest or chin.
Teach your dog to respond to some simple commands like sit, lie down, come, stay, and leave. Try to teach your Smoushond one command per training session, which should not last more than 10-15 minutes.
Give it a high-quality, nutritious dog food containing animal fats and proteins along with fish oil, soya oil, rice, vegetables, and fruits.