The breed is also known as the Smalands Hound and it originated from Sweden. It is believed to be the oldest scent hound breed in Sweden with existence dated as far back as the 1500s. It is a rare breed mostly just used in the Smalands district of southern Sweden. It weighs between 33 and 40 pounds and stands at a height of 17 to 20 inches. Muscular and sturdy in frame, it bears a slight resemblance to the Rottweiler but smaller in size. It has dropped ears, a defined stop and muzzle and dark brown eyes with a calm expression. The tail is typically docked and the chest is broad and deep with tan markings. The belly is tucked up and the shoulders are well laid back and muscular. The coat is made of a topcoat of harsh, medium length hairs and an undercoat of soft and dense hairs. It is predominantly black with defined tan markings on the face, chest, above the eyes and the bottom parts of the legs.
The Smalandsstovare is a hunter’s companion and has been primarily used to hunt foxes and hares as well as wild birds. They are independent and tireless hunters with an excellent sense of smell, undeterred even by foul weather and difficult terrain. They are very adaptable and energetic but are calm and laid back when indoors and in the company of its human family. They are loyal and obedient but because they are natural, solitary hunters can be willful and stubborn at times. They can live for about 12 to 15 years.