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Hamilton Hounds are noble, active, affectionate, very easy going, but can be stubborn. They are very patient with children.

Overall Status

Height 19 to 24 inches
Temperament Agile, Versatile, Regal
Weight 40 to 75 pounds
Life Expectancy 14 to 17 years
Coat Color Tri-color
Barking Level Medium

Quick Factors

Dog Friendly
Exercise Need
Grooming Needs
Strangers Friendly
Family Affectionate
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Daily Care

Grooming Tips

Hamiltons require very little grooming and are very easy to keep clean. They are seasonal shedders that only shed low to moderate in the spring and fall. Hamiltonstovare also does not drool and rarely have a doggy odor.

A bath once a month and proper nail and dental care are all that are required to keep them looking their best.

Exercise Tips

As a hunting breed, the Hamiltonstovare has high exercise requirements. This breed needs more than 30 minutes of brisk exercise per day and he will appreciate having a fenced yard in which to run and play. Hunting training can also provide some additional exercise.

Feeding Tips

As a medium-sized dog, the Hamiltonstovare should be fed a high-quality dry food formulated for adult dogs. Because the breed was developed for hunting, he may do well on an active or working breed formula as long as you are careful about overfeeding to prevent obesity.

Health Tips

Hamiltonstovare is very healthy and rarely diagnosed with inheritable diseases. But they could also get hip dysplasia and epilepsy, but it rarely happens.

Care should be taken to not over-exercise them before their growth plates have closed. They are also sensitive to heat and cannot be outside for long periods of time in temperatures over 80 degrees.


As a hunting breed, the Hamiltonstovare generally responds well to training. Even so, they are best kept by experienced dog owners who will train the dog with consistency.

Though they are generally friendly and easygoing, the Hamiltonstovare can sometimes be stubborn or independent, as is often the case with hounds. For this reason, it is recommended that you start training and socializing your Hamiltonstovare from as early on as possible.

Regular exercise will also be important for preventing the development of problem behaviors.


The Hamiltonstovare is a native breed of Sweden, where it was founded in the late 1800s by the founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, Count Adolf Patrick Hamilton.

He used English Foxhounds, Harriers, and three now extinct breeds from Germany: the Curlandish Hound, Holsteiner Hound, and Heiderbracke. The hounds credited with founding the Hamiltonstovare breedwere known as Pang and Stella, owned by Hamilton.

The Hamiltonstovare was first shown in Sweden in 1921. They were known as the Swedish Hound then, but the name has since changed to honor the breed founder.
Unlike its English relatives, the breed was not developed to hunt in a pack, but instead used as a solitary hunter or as a pair. To this day, the Hamiltonstovare still performs its original purpose in Sweden, where the breed has a popular following.

Most recently, Hamiltons have started to make an impact around the world outside of Sweden, though they are still very rare in the United States.

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