The Swiss Hound, known in his native Switzerland as Schweizer Laufhund ("Swiss Walking Dog"), is a medium-sized hound of ancient origin known for its exceptional hunting skills. It has a distinctive "racy" look indicating speed and agility. Traditionally, the breed has been used to hunt hare, deer, fox and wild boar. There are four varieties of the Swiss Hound: Bernese Hound, Jura Hound, Lucerne Hound, and Schwyz Hound. The Lucerne Hound shows ancestral relationship to French hounds. Its temperament is described as lively, sensitive, docile and very loyal. Although originally this breed was developed for hunting, Swiss Hounds make wonderful family pets. Very clean and quiet, they love the company of people and children of all ages.
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The Bernese Hound is a tricolor hound known at home as Berner Laufhund. It has a narrow head and long, folded ears. The short, smooth, and dense coat is white with black patches or black saddle. There are light to dark tan markings over the eyes, on the cheeks, the inside of the leathers and around the vent. The white may have light black ticking.
This hound comes from the Jura region of western Switzerland close to the French border where it is called Le Bruno du Jura. It is characterized by the absence of white markings in its coat. The coat is tan with black blanket, sometimes with black overlay, or black with tan markings over the eyes, on the cheeks, around the vent and on the legs. There may a small white patch on the chest with or without black or gray ticking.
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In this variety the coat is white with orange patches or orange saddle, with or without orange ticking.
The Lucerne Hound resembles the Bluetick Coonhound. Its "blue" coat results from a combination of black and white hairs. There are black patches or black saddle, light to dark tan markings above the eyes, on the cheeks, on the chest, around the vent and on the legs.
- FCI-Standard # 59
- David Alderton. Dogs
- Club Suisse du Chien Courant