The Swiss Hound is scent hound used for hunting hare in Switzerland. It was popular in Italy during the 15th century and in France during the 18th. The lines of the breed may have been mixed with French scenthounds. There are four varieties of Swiss Hound: Bernese Hound, Jura Hound, Lucerne Hound, and Schwyz Hound.
The breed is lean and medium sized. It is strong with a lean head and long muzzle. The Swiss Hound appears very noble and strong.