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Lucernese Hound

Size: Medium

Weight: 34 - 44 lbs.

Height: 18" - 23"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Health Problems: Generally healthy; but have a hereditary tendency for obesity.

Origin: Switzerland (Middle Ages)

Also Known As: Luzerner Laufhund, Lucernese Swiss Hound

Group: Hunting

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

Due to its hunting nature, the Lucernese Hound requires frequent exercise, including daily walks, jogs, romps or play sessions.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


Like most hunting hounds, the Lucernese Hound is free-spirited and energetic. The breed is known to do well with children and other pets, particularly when raised with them from a young age. Lucernese Hounds have a protective nature, but do not always make good guard dogs. They will alert you to an intruder or disturbance, but will not necessarily guard you from the danger. Adjusts well to urban living as long as it receives plenty of exercise.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


While its exact origins are unknown, it is thought that the Petit Bleu de Gascone may have played a role in its development due to the Lucernese Hound's tri-colored coat of brown, black and blue.