The Swedish Badger Dog is a breed of dog that originated in Sweden, where it excelled as a deer tracker. The dogs are recognized by their elongated body and short legs. They also have a keen sense of smell and a friendly and loyal personality.
Dogs of this breed have a medium size, with a robust and muscular appearance. Males are between 32 and 38 centimeters tall, while females measure between 30 and 36 centimeters, weighing between 16 and 18 kilograms. This breed is known for its longevity, with a life expectancy of up to 15 years. They belong to Group 6 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes hounds, tracking dogs and similar breeds.
Breed history in brief
The Swedish Badger Dog originated in Sweden in the 20th century, specifically the first dogs were registered in 1913, although there is little information about the breed until 1930. It is descended from the Westphalian Dachsbracke, a German hound that was imported to Sweden in 1910. The breed was recognized for its ability as a deer tracking dog, although it is also an efficient hunter of hares and foxes.
The breed was recognized by the Swedish Kennel Club in 1953. Today, it is more commonly used as a hunting dog than as a companion pet.
The Swedish Badger Dog has a robust body and well-developed muscles. Its head is elongated, tapering towards the nose. The eyes are very expressive, dark brown, while the ears are low set, medium length and hang close to the cheeks. The tail is thick at the base and long, can be carried low or raised slightly, but never over the back.
The coat is harsh and compact, and is available in all colors with white markings. According to the established breed standard, predominantly white, liver or bluish-gray is not acceptable.
The dogs are described as shrewd and keen hunters, endowed with a keen sense of smell. Although they can be stubborn, early and proper training can prevent independent behavior. They do not show aggression or shyness and tend to form strong bonds with their owners.
Common health problems
The Swedish Badger Dog is generally considered a healthy breed with no known breed-specific diseases. However, like all dogs, they can be prone to some health problems such as hip dysplasia, ear infections and allergies. Regular check-ups with a veterinarian, a healthy diet and regular exercise can help prevent or treat these problems.
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