Height: Minimum: 17½ in (44.5cm) Generally: 18-22 in (45.5-56cm) Short-legged varieties: 12-15 in (30-37.5cm)
Coat: Swiss & Bernese: rough, wiry, with a thick undercoat Lucernese: short and very dense
Color: Swiss: white with orange markings Bernese: white, black, with strong tan markings Lucernese: white with gray or blue speckling and broad dark or black markings
|The scenthounds of Switzerland include the Swiss
Hound, the Bernese Hound, and Lucernese Hound.
There are also short-legged versions, produced by
crossing the Dachshund with the full-size versions
to produce specialized hunters for certain types of
terrain. All three hounds are very similar in abilities,
character, and appearance, except for color of coat.
They have keen noses, great powers of endurance,
and will work over any terrain. They make excellent
tracking dogs and are used to hunt a variety of game,
including hare, fox, and deer.
Swiss Hounds are calm companions but have strong
hunting instincts and are powerfully built, and so are
not suitable as household pets. They need a lot of
exercise, and should be groomed with a hound glove,
and a slicker for the rough-coated varieties.