His well built physique with well-developed musculature, seems specifically adapted to follow riders and horses, and to catch harmful vermin from the surrounding area.
His general appearance, adapted for these functions, has earned him the nickname of "coachman's dog" and "stable dog". His overall appearance is neither heavy nor coarse.
In general, the female's body is a little longer than the male's.
Between 35 and 42 cm (13.78 to 16.54 inches) for the male
Between 35 and 40 cm (13.78 to 15.75 inches) for the female
Between 15 and 20 kg (33.07 to 44.09 pounds) for the male
Between 15 and 20 kg (33.07 to 44.09 pounds) for the female
His coat color is generally yellow, but a dark straw colour is preferred.
His hair is harsh, rough, coarse and rather shaggy all over the body, and of medium length on the legs, where it forms a sort of fringe.
On the head, it is slightly shorter, but some specimens also have whiskers, beard and eyebrows longer than the rest of the head.
His slightly domed skull has a clearly defined stop. His large, round, very dark eyes are a characteristic feature of the Dutch Smoushond, with his lively and caring expression.
His small, drooping ears are triangular, set high and close together on the cheeks.
His little nose is all black. His short tail, carried cheerfully, is never curled over the back.
It can sometimes be shortened to two thirds of its natural length, or left natural.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 2, section 1 and is #308