Lucernese Hound, Schweizer Laufhund, Swiss Hound
The The Luzerner Laufhund is one of four varieties of Swiss Hounds, the other three being the Jura, Berner, and Schwyzer. The title ‘Laufhund’ means ‘walking dog’, the name given to these scenthounds as they are not used with horses, but rather with hunters traveling on foot. Each variety specializes in its own prey, the Luzerner being used with boar, deer, hare and other small game.
Luzerner Laufhund Standards
- FCI (Group 6)
- UKC (Scenthound)
- 33-44 lbs
- medium-sized scenthound
- ears are long, reach at least the tip of nose, and twisted or folded
- tail is long, tapers
- coat is short, smooth, and dense
- "blue" - white with black patches, heavily speckled
- "blue" - white with black saddle, heavily speckled
- may have tan markings
History of the Luzerner Laufhund
All of the Swiss Hounds are ancient breeds, each developed in a specific, isolated region in Switzerland. The Luzerner Laufhund hails specifically around the central city of Lucernel. In 1881 these breeds were separated by region, but they returned to a single standard with four varieties in 1993.