A scent hound breed originating from Switzerland, it is also known as the Schwezerischer Niederlaufhund (“niederlaufhund” means short-legged hound in Swiss). It is relatively low on leg and comes in a variety of colours and patterns. It bears a general resemblance to the Schweizer Laufhund, only smaller body and shorter legs. It has long ears that are dropped, a long tail that is carried hanging down or curved slightly upwards when the dog is in action, a broad and deep chest and an alert and friendly facial expression. There are four recognized varieties of the breed according to differences in colour: the Small Bernese Hound (black and white with tan markings over the eyes), the Small Jura Hound (a smooth and single coat of black with tan markings above the eyes), the Small Lucerne Hound (smooth coat of white with grey or black speckles and black patches and tan marks over the eyes), and the Small Schwyz Hound (smooth coat of white with yellow-red or orange-red patches).
A passionate and tireless hunter, the Small Swiss Hound can hunt even on difficult terrains. They have a keen sense of smell and a unique cry that it emits when hunting and searching. At home they make good companions with their calm temperament indoors but a lively disposition when at play. They are friendly, reliable and strong. They are not suitable for apartment dwelling and would be happy in a farm or a rural setting. They need daily long walks and can live for about 12 to 14 years.