Small Jura Hound
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Features of the breed
History of Origin
The Small Jura Hound is one of the Small Swiss Hound varieties, which is a more miniature copy of the medium-sized Jurassic Hound. In the twentieth century, hunting in enclosed areas began to develop and rapidly gained popularity in Switzerland, but medium-sized hounds were too fast to hunt in such conditions. It is what led to the need to find smaller hounds that had the same qualities. Thus, the crossing of the Jurassic medium-sized hound and the dachshund hound resulted in the small Jurassic hound breeding.
The Small Jura Hound is a breed of dog that develops excellent speed and has a keen sense of smell. Because of these qualities, they can easily help the hunter to catch game running away from shots. These dogs are natural-born hunters; they are always passionate about finding and tracking prey, which is not easy to hide or escape from them.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Small Jura Hound is a breed whose members have a powerful muscular build, an elongated straight back, and strong limbs. The small size of this hound speaks for itself by the name of the breed. This dog has a very fast and agile gait, which is characteristic of hunting breeds that can run with incredible speed. And this is not surprising since their main purpose is to catch a game, trying hard to escape.
The Small Jura Hound is a smooth-haired breed that is black with brown or reddish-brown spots on the cheeks, eyes, limbs, and chest. A white spot is also sometimes allowed on the chest.
The thick black eyelids of the pet make its eyes more expressive and its gaze more deep and thoughtful. The contours of the Small Jura Hound’s cheeks are clear, with a small crease at the edges of the jaw. The ears are long and floppy, low-set.
The Small Jura Hound is hardy, agile, and flexible and needs a fair amount of physical activity. When hunting, it behaves completely independently, has an excellent sense of direction, and makes quick decisions when following its prey.
She is characterized by the perseverance and determination of a true hunter and, at the same time, the friendliness and sociability of a companion dog. It is energetic when hunting and, at the same time, almost always calm and balanced at home. The Small Jura Hound shows loyalty and affection to its owner, and with proper training, is rarely aggressive towards both people and other dogs.
The Small Jura Hound does not require much effort in grooming. It is enough to understand the dog’s care’s key features to ensure that the pet is properly cared for. To keep the pet’s coat smooth and pleasant to the touch, it should be combed regularly. A special natural brush or glove can be used for this purpose. Bathing the Small Jura Hound is recommended only after heavy soiling. Following these simple tips will help keep her coat clean and healthy.
When caring for this breed, it is important not to forget about the need to clean the ears. It is recommended to wipe their upper part with a damp natural cloth several times a month. At the same time, care should be taken to ensure that the ears do not remain wet, as this can lead to fogging and, subsequently, to ear disease.
An essential rule of care for the Small Jura Hound is to provide sufficient exercise due to its hunting nature. Long active walks, physical exercise, and training are vital conditions for the Small Jura Hound.
Training of the Small Jura Hound should be done from an early age, as it, like any hunting breed, is prone to rebellion in childhood and is not at all ready to obey its master. Therefore, its training may require a lot of effort and patience. The most important thing in practice is to earn her attention without using force and coercion.
Like other Swiss Hound subspecies, the Small Jura Hound has a remarkable intelligence, which creates excellent conditions for fast and successful rearing. It can learn quickly, to understand what is good and what is bad.
The Small Jura Hound is native to the Swiss mountains and has excellent “mountain” health. Regular exercise, proper nutrition, and regular care and preventive examinations at the veterinarian help it stay in good shape.
Like any long ears owner, the Small Jura Hound is prone to ear canal inflammation and the development of other ear infections. Also, if not active enough, dogs of this breed may develop diseases of the nervous system.
To stay in shape and stay healthy, the Small Jura Hound needs a balanced diet. The pet needs to eat quality protein foods and get enough energy. She needs the power to have strength for physical activity and exertion. Satisfying this cycle of needs is very important for a breed whose nature includes hunting instincts.
The pet’s diet should consist of meat, vegetable soups with meat broth, and milk porridge. It is important to maintain adequate vitamins and minerals, which can be regulated with special vitamin capsules.