The Schiller Hound (Schillerstövare) is a scenthound hunting dog that originated in Sweden in late 19th century. Its progenitors are Swiss Hounds and the Harrier. This rugged breed was developed by Swiss farmer Per Schiller as fox and rabbit hunting and the first dogs were shown in a dog show in 1886.
This is a medium size breed that is known as the fastest Scandinavian dog for its incredible speed on freezing cold terrain while hunting for long periods. Immense power and endurance are other hallmarks of this breed. This medium size breed stands between 20-23 inches and weighs 39-55 lbs. The dog has a beautiful lean but well muscled body with striking golden tan coat. The Schiller Hound comes with a long, triangular head, broad and slightly arched skull and long, straight muzzle that leads to well developed black nose. Lively and expressive eyes are dark brown and high set, soft ears hang down flat. A Schiller Hound has a long powerful neck that is closely fitted with supple skin. This breed has a slightly longer than tall body that has strong and level back, well developed deep chest with moderately sprung ribs, muscular and broad loin and slightly tucked-up belly. Rather high set tail is thick at the base and tapers to the tip. It is carried either straight or slightly curled. The Schiller Hound has a medium length, harsh and close-fitting coat that comes with a black mantle on tan colour.
The Schiller Hound breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by UKC and FCI.
This dog comes with a rich golden tan with a jet black mantle. Small white markings on chest and toes are acceptable.
The Schiller Hound has a short, glossy, harsh and close-lying coat that is longer and smoother on back of thighs and underside of the tail while shorter on head, ears and front of the legs.
The Schiller Hound is a very energetic, lively and robust dog that loves to hunt foxes. As a hunter, this breed displays its fast speed, great stamina and unparalleled skills in hunting and cornering the game. During hunt for the game, this dog becomes oblivious of harsh weather and difficult terrain. It will not touch the target once it succeeds in cornering it and instead, wait for the master to come and finish the job.
As a house pet, the Schiller Hound is loving and affectionate but does have an independent nature and very high exercise needs. Usually calm in the house, the dog will make a great playmate of children with its lively and playful nature. It generally gets along well with other dogs but does have high prey drive and should not be trusted with small pets.
The Schiller Hound needs lots of space for its energy outlet and is not a breed for apartment dwellers; nor it is for weak or first time owners as these dogs need a firm and experienced master.
The Schiller Hound has a short coat that is low maintenance in nature. Once a week brushing will be enough to remove dead hair. A thorough rubdown of coat with wet cloth will bring out natural sheen.
Ears and feet should be checked after a hunting trip to remove thorns and burrs.
This breed needs a firm and confident owner who can train this dog in a firm manner as this breed may show independent behavior to a weak or inexperienced owner.
Early age socialization with people, places, voices and other dogs is also important.
The Schiller Hound is a working breed that has very high energy levels. This dog needs lots of room to play, run and roam as and when it likes. It needs an outlet for its energy levels. A daily walk is a must but not sufficient. This dog will need atleast a large yard or preferably a house in rural or suburban location.