History of the Dutch Smoushond
The history of the Dutch Smoushond begins in the 19th century when German breeders were discarding fawn puppies born in their Coarse Haired Pinscher (later became the Schnauzer) litters. These pups were obtained by a Dutch merchant who sent them back to Holland, where they were purchased for vermin control in stable yards. They became quite popular, thriving until WWII almost destroyed the breed. The few remaining dogs were not enough to continue the bloodline and in 1949 it was removed from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) registration. Then, in the 1970s, a Mrs. Barkman began searching for examples of the breed. While only obtaining mixed dogs that resembled the original type she was successful in recreating the Dutch Smoushond and it returned to the FCI registers.