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Smaland Hound

Size: Medium

Weight: 33 - 40 lbs.

Height: 18" - 21.5"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Sweden (1500s)

Also Known As: Smalandsstovare

Group: Scenthound

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Smaland Hound needs plenty of exercise and room / time to run.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


Although mostly seen as a hunter's companion, The Smalandsstovare is quite a willing dog and can make an ever-lasting friend.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


The Smaland Hound originated in Sweden during the Middle Ages, when poor farmers could only afford to raise one dog. Thus, it was important to farmers to have a good all-around hound dog like the Smaland, which hunted a variety of prey, including: elk, hare, fox, otter, squirrel and forest birds. Historians believe the breed may be descendants of the spitz.

Pet Facts

The Smaland Hound has a small (short) tail that is the result of selective breeding. With the black and tan coat, the Smaland Hound somewhat resembles the Rottweiler. The breed was recognized by the Swedish Kennel Club in 1921. Smaland Hounds are believed to be the oldest breed of scenthounds in Sweden.