The Dutch Smoushond is an originally Dutch dog breed that has been around since the 19th century. In the past, this dog was mainly used as a rat and mouse catcher in the Amsterdam textile industry. The breed gets its name from its rough, tan coat that resembles a "smous" (an old-fashioned word for a rubbish dump). In the 1920s, the breed was almost extinct, but it was revived by a number of enthusiasts. Today, the Dutch Smoushond is a rare but beloved breed among dog lovers.
The Dutch Smoushond is known for its lively and cheerful character. They are real companion dogs that like to be with their owner and get attention. They are intelligent and eager to learn and are quick to learn new tricks. They are also watchful and alert, making them good watchdogs. The Dutch Smoushond is generally social towards other dogs and people, but can be a bit stubborn. It is therefore important to properly socialize and train them at a young age.
The Dutch Smoushond is generally a healthy breed, but as with all dog breeds, certain hereditary disorders can occur. For example, the breed can be prone to epilepsy, hip dysplasia and eye problems. It is therefore important to have the parents tested for these disorders before breeding them. In addition, a good diet and regular exercise are important to prevent obesity.
The Dutch Smoushond has a rough, yellow-brown coat that needs to be brushed regularly to prevent tangles and felting. It is important not to wash the coat too often, as this can damage the skin's natural fat layer. It is wise to trim the dog from time to time to keep the coat short. In addition, it is important to trim the nails regularly and brush the teeth to prevent dental problems.