Schillerstovare – General Description
The Schillerstovare, translated as the Schiller Hound in English, is a breed of dog of the scenthound type, originating as a hunting dog in Sweden in the late 19th century.
Classification and Standards
- FCI Group 6, Section 1.2, #131
- UKC Scenthound Group
Character & Temperament
The breed standard describes the ideal temperament as lively and attentive.
The Schillerstovare originated in southern Germany as a mix of Swiss hounds and the Harrier, and is named after a Swedish farmer, Per Schiller (1858–1892), who exhibited the breed at the first Swedish dog show in 1886. The Swedish Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1907. It is recognized internationally by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale as breed number 131. The breed is still used as a hunting dog, and was recognized by the United Kennel Club in the United States in 2006. The breed is also recognized by a number of minor registries, hunting clubs, and internet-based dog registries.
Size & Appearance
The Schillerstovare is a medium to large sized running hound for hunting fox and rabbits, standing 21-24 inches (53–61 cm) at the withers and weighing 40-55 lbs (18–25 kg). The coat is harsh and not too short, lying close to the body. The color is black and tan, a tan body with a black mantle on the back. The drop ears are broad and not excessively long, and the long tail is carried on a line with the back when running. Faults in the breed (which indicate the dog should not be bred) include items of structure that would impede running, such as obtuse angle between shoulder blade and upper arm and restricted hind movement, along with dish faced and aloofness.
Health & Maintenance
No unusual diseases or claims of extraordinary health have been documented for this breed.
- Breed Standard – http://www.fci.be/uploaded_files/131gb2001_en.doc
- United Kennel Club, Schiller Hound – http://www.ukcdogs.com/WebSite.nsf/Breeds/SchillerHound
- Pleple2000 (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
- Lilly M (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
FCI-Standard N°131/ 17.11.97/ GB
TRANSLATION : Renée Sporre-Willes.
ORIGIN : Sweden.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 17/07/1997.
Scenthound that gives tongue and is used for hunting hare and fox. It is not a pack hound, nor hunted in couples or used for hunting deer.
F.C.I. CLASSIFICATION :
- Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
- Section 1.2 Medium-sized hounds.
With working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY :
At the first Dog Show in Sweden in 1886 some 189 scent hounds were on exhibition. Among them were a sister and brother, named Tamburini and Ralla I, owned by a farmer, Per Schiller. They descended from famous hounds kept at the Kaflås estate. These hounds were probably descending from Southern Germany, rather small, tan with black mantle and slight white markings. The Schillerstövare was further founded on Swiss hounds and a considerable infusion of British hounds, mainly Harriers. The breed quickly became homogenous in type. The Schillerstövare was recognized as a breed by the Swedish KC in 1907.
GENERAL APPEARANCE :
Well proportioned, sinewy and noble giving impression of speed and strength.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
Slightly rectangular body.
BEHAVIOR /TEMPERAMENT :
Lively and attentive.
Longish head. Seen from both the front and side, the head should be triangular without the muzzle being snipy.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Skull only slightly arched and broadest between the ears.
Stop : Stop well defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Nose black, with well developed nostrils.
Muzzle : Muzzle long and bridge of nose straight and parallel to line of skull.
Lips : Lips should be tight and closely lying.
Cheeks : Cheeks lean.
Jaw/Teeth : Scissor bite. Teeth strong and well developed.
Eye : Dark brown with lively expression.
Ear : Set high, when drawn forward, ears not to reach half-way along muzzle and may be raised slightly when the dog is attentive. Soft, hanging flat with fore edge lying closely to cheeks.
Long and powerful, merging nicely into shoulders. Skin on neck supple and close fitting. Males should have a well defined arch of the topline.
Withers : Withers well defined.
Back : Back level and strong.
Loin : Loins musclar and slightly arched.
Croup : Croup slightly inclined, long and broad.
Chest : Chest deep, long, well developed and reaching elbows. Ribs moderately sprung.
Underline and belly : Belly only slightly tucked up.
Set on in line with back. Straight or slightly curved in sabre fashion. Wide at base and tapering towards tip. In length reaches hock. When the dog moves, tail preferably not carried above the level of the back.
General appearance : Strong bone in harmony with the general appearance of the dog. When viewed from front forelegs appear straight and parallel.
Shoulder : Shoulder long, muscular and well laid back. Closely lying.
Upper arm : Upper arm long and forming a right angle to shoulder.
Elbow : Elbow set close to body and not visible under ribcage.
Pastern (Metacarpus) : Springy and forming slight angle to forearm.
Forefeet : Oval in shape with well knuckled and tight toes.
General appearance : Strong and parallel when viewed from behind.
Thigh : Muscles well developed ; thigh broad when viewed from the side.
Stifle : Well angulated.
Hock joint : Well angulated.
Metatarsal : Short, lean and straight.
Hindfeet : Like front feet. Dewclaws undesirable.
Parallel, strong, and long-reaching.
Harsh, not too short, lying very close to body. On head, ears and front of legs coat should be short and smooth. Under tail and on back of thighs top coat may be longer.
Tan with well defined black mantle ( blanket) that covers back and sides of neck, down to sides of trunk and on upper side of tail. Slight white markings on chest and toes permissible. Black hair mingled in the tan not allowed in adult specimen. Black markings on the cheeks are permissible though.
Height at withers :
Males : 53-61 cm, ideal size 57 cm (22, 5 ins).
Bitches : 49-57 cm, ideal size 53 cm (21 ins).
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
- Wrong proportions between length of body, height at withers and depth of chest.
- Lack of masculinity or femininity.
- Broad skull, pronounced occiput.
- Over- or undershot mouth, level bite.
- Bulgy cheeks.
- Light eyes.
- Short, steep croup.
- Tail carried above the line of the back.
- Obtuse angle between shoulder blade and upper arm.
- Restricted hind movement.
- Undefined mantle with abundant infusions of tan hair.
- Heavy black mantle that covers chest, sides of trunk, shoulders and thighs.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
- Aggressive or overly shy.
- Pronounced over- or undershot bite.
- Size outside the maximum and minimum limits.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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