Schillerstövare

Schiller Bracke, Schiller Hound

This pretty specimen, well appreciated by Swedish hunters, has never really managed to go beyond the borders of his native country. Even though he is very common in Sweden, the Schillerstövare is still quite rare outside his country. It is thus in Sweden that one must go to discover this eternal hunter at heart.

Height 49 to 61 cm
Weight 18 to 25 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years
Home country Sweden

Quick Overview of the Schillerstövare

Temperament

  • Dynamic and attentive
  • Lively and robust
  • Independent
  • Pleasant life companion

Appearance

  • Well-proportioned
  • Athletic physique
  • Very pleasant general appearance

Health

  • No particular pathology
  • No listed genetic diseases
  • Rarely ill
  • Generally healthy

Temperament of the Schillerstövare

Dynamic, attentive, lively and very robust, the Schillerstövare is an outstanding hunting dog that is highly appreciated, making him a pleasant companion, very devoted to his master.

His education must be undertaken at an early age, adequate and firm, as well as his socialization, which must be adapted to his independent character.

He can easily adapt to all family situations, while remaining above all a hunter. Hunting is his real reason for living.

Even if he is very attached to his master, he is quite independent, which requires an adequate education. His well asserted character requires a firm and uncompromising education.

The master must be able to live up to the strong temperament of his dog. Both his education and socialization must be undertaken from a very young age and perfectly adapted to his condition.

He can live with all types of owners, but the hunter is always his best friend and first choice.

Obtained by crossbreeding hunting dogs of several different nationalities, he has retained all the characteristics of the hunting dog, and lives only in anticipation of the next hunting episode.

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Breed Appearance

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The well proportioned Schillerstövare has a noble and very elegant look. His muscular physique gives a glimpse of his strength and great speed.

His general appearance is very pleasant, and his lively expression makes it easy to guess his rather active temperament.

Height

Between 53 and 61 cm (20.87 to 24.02 inches) for the male
Between 49 and 57 cm (19.29 to 22.44 inches) for the female

Weight

Between 18 and 25 kg (39.68 to 55.12 pounds) for the male
Between 18 and 25 kg (39.68 to 55.12 pounds) for the female

Color

His dress, on a fawn background color, has a black mantle, covering the edges of the neck and back, then descending to the sides of the trunk, as well as on the upper side of the tail.

Some small white patches on the toes and chest are allowed by the standard.

Hair

His hair, firmly adhering to the body, is rather harsh and medium length.

Morphology

His head has a somewhat domed skull, and a well marked stop. His eyes are dark brown, and have a beautiful, vivid expression.

His large, flexible ears are hanging down, and the front edge of the ears is very close to the cheeks. His small nose is all black. His tail, reaching almost the hock, is carried slightly sword-shaped or straight.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #131

Tips About this breed

He is basically a hound, preferring to work alone.

The Schillerstövare is apparently the fastest of the Swedish hunting dogs, possessing an unparalleled dynamism to carry out his work at the side of the hunter.

This hunter at heart is very devoted to his master, and will follow him in all hunting episodes without any issue.

Hunting is his true vocation, and he must be able to regularly benefit from days devoted to his favourite sport.

Physically very solid, he can live and hunt in the great outdoors, fearing neither the extreme cold nor the snow.

His robust physique is adapted to working in all weather conditions.

The Schillerstövare prefers large spaces where he can practice without any restrictions, and he is not really suited for apartment living.

He must be able to run free, to spend his boundless energy.

The city dweller who wants to own such a dog must make sure that he can provide him with adequate space, where he will be able to exercise and spend all his energy on a very regular basis.

Health of the Schillerstövare

The breed is not affected by any particular pathology, nor any officially listed genetic disease.

The Schillerstövare is rarely ill, and generally enjoys very good health and life expectancy.

GROOMING

It is preferable to check and clean his large hanging ears regularly to avoid potential infections, which can be caused by foreign bodies, especially upon returning from a hunting episode.

His pretty coat also requires regular brushing to keep it clean, beautiful and healthy. However, no other maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

The Schillerstövare appeared first in Sweden in 1886 at an exhibition where nearly 189 hounds were shown. In the batch were Tamburini and Ralla I, a sister and brother then owned by Per Schiller, a farmer from Southern Germany.

Both dogs were bred from crosses between Austrian, German and Swiss hounds. Subsequently, a considerable infusion of blood from British hounds, especially the Harrier, was added to the breed.

After these crosses, the breed very quickly acquired a homogenous type and was recognized by the Swedish Kennel Club in 1907 as a breed in its own right. However, his official standard was not registered until 1952. Although he is appreciated in Sweden for his hunting abilities, he is not very widespread elsewhere in the world.

The Schillerstövare is still appreciated today for hunting on Swedish territory. This hound has a strong voice and excels at hunting foxes and hares.

He hunts alone, not a pack dog, nor does he hunt in pairs. He is never used for deer. He makes a good life companion, even if this is not his primary vocation.

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