The Smalandsstovare is the oldest and smallest scenthound breed native to Sweden. Also known as Smaland Hound, this small to medium size dog originated in 16th century. Origination of this dog took place during Swedish Empire when soldiers returned home from great wars (1611-1718), bringing with them Polish, German, English and Baltic hounds which were crossed with local Spitz type farm dogs. The resulting litters became the foundation for Smalandsstovare.

This noble looking breed is a remarkable hunter of both furred and feathered game but its specialty lies in fox and hare hunting. This versatile and tireless hunter works alone and is undaunted by harsh weather and difficult terrain. Lively and tenacious when hunting, this adaptable breed makes a very calm and obedient family companion when it is with its human family.

The Smalandsstovare is a small to medium size dog with height and weight between 18-21 inches and 33-44 lbs respectively. It comes with a cobby yet compact body. The lean skull broadens between ears. Well developed muzzle with a straight nose bridge leads to black nose with wide nostrils. Dark brown eyes have calm expression. Moderate length ears are set high and hang down flat. Long and powerful neck blends smoothly into shoulders. This breed has a square body that comes with well developed chest having well sprung ribs, short and powerful back and slightly arched and muscular loin. The belly is slightly tucked up. Long tail is carried straight or slightly curved. Medium length, harsh and close-fitting coat has a well developed undercoat. It comes in black and tan colouring with or without white markings on chest and toes.

The Smalandsstovare breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI and UKC.

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