A tail of two lengths
Original Name : Smålandsstövare
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 18-21¼ inches, ideally, 19¾ inches
Female size : 16½-20½ inches, ideally 18 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Sweden
These elegant Swedish hounds are strong and sturdy but lacking any heaviness. Smalandstovares are calm, gentle, loyal and attentive.
Clean skull of medium length, broadest between the ears, well defined stop.
Depth is almost equal to half the height at the withers.
Black and tan, all shades of tan from amber to warm auburn, small white markings on chest and feet permitted.
Set fairly high, raised slightly when attentive.
Either long, extending from the topline, straight or curving slightly, saber-shaped, or naturally short, stumpy or bear-like.
Medium length, harsh, close on the body, coarser on back and neck, short, dense, soft undercoat.
In the early 20th century great efforts were invested to revive the old Smalandsstovare type, especially the natural short-tailed variety, although the 1921 standard permitted long tails, too. Black and tan was established as the color, but red and yellow were also allowed, as were white markings.New blood was regularly introduced into the breed, sometimes from strong lines of other breeds, but the practice was discontinued in the 1950’s. It was also during this decade that dogs responding to the type but of unknown origins were registered as Smalandsstovares.
Did you know ?
The province of Småland was home to a large variety of dogs in the 19th century. Some of them had German, Polish and Baltic origins, having arrived in Sweden with soldiers returning from one of the many wars that ravaged Europe in the 17th century. These hunting dogs were crossed with local Spitz-type farm dogs and English hounds.