The Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund (FCI No, 60) (translated into English as the Swiss Hound, is a breed of dog of the scenthound type from Switzerland. Niederlaufhund means short-legged hound. The breed has a number of different varieties (all of the same breed).
Appearance The general appearance is of a hound similar to the Schweizer Laufhund, with a smaller body and shorter legs. The breed has long drop ears and a long tail. Size is 35–43 cm (13.8 -16.9 ins) at the withers, females somewhat smaller. The varieties of the Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund are arranged by coat colour and texture: Small Bernese Hound (Berner Niederlaufhund) - tricolour: white, black and tan, tan marks over the eyes. smooth-haired Small Bernese Hound - short and smooth coat coarse-haired Small Bernese Hound - harsh single coat, small beard on the face
Small Jura Hound (Jura Niederlaufhund) -smooth single coat, black with tan markings above the eyes, some white. Small Lucerne Hound (Luzerner Niederlaufhund) - smooth white coat speckled with grey or black to give a blue appearance, with black patches and tan marks over the eyes. Small Schwyz Hound (Schwyzer Niederlaufhund )- smooth white coat with yellow-red to orange-red patches.
History The smaller, shorter-legged hounds were bred from the Schweizer Laufhund in the early 1900s, for hunting in smaller areas. The Schweizer Niederlaufhund Club was formed in 1905.