Hamiltonstövare Breed description: Character & Co



The friendly hunting dog from Sweden: The Hamiltonstövare

The good-natured, social hunting and companion dog of Swedish descent owes its name to Count Hamilton, its creator. He was recognized in 1955 by the FCI in the section of the medium-sized running dogs and is to be seen because of his people-friendly nature meanwhile also here more and more frequently, although he is bred in the German-speaking countries still little.

Origin of the Hamiltonstövare

The history of the Hamiltonstövare begins with the end of the hunting privilege of the Swedish nobility around 1789, which brought an increased need for hunting dogs, because now also the Swedish population was increasingly engaged in hunting. Because of this development, Count Adolf Patrick Hamilton felt compelled to create a new breed. The Hamiltonstövare was created from crosses of English Foxhound, Harrier, Beagle and German Hounds and is still bred mainly in the country of origin. From 1968, the animals were also imported to England, where they slowly gained a foothold and from where they finally spread throughout Europe. Today Hamiltonstövare belong to the most popular companion dogs of the Europeans and are not to be excluded also as hunting dogs any more.

Breed characteristics of the Hamiltonstövare

  • Origin: Sweden

  • Life expectancy: 11 - 13 years
  • Care requirements: easy to care for
  • Activity level: high
  • FCI: Group 6 - Running dogs, bloodhounds and related breeds
  • Section 1: Hounds
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Alternate Name Hamilton Hound
Origin Sweden
Life expectancy 11 - 13 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level high
FCI group Scent hounds
AKC group Foundation Stock Service
KC group Hound Group

Typical character traits of the Hamiltonstövare

The character of a Hamiltonstövar is very versatile, as on the one hand it can be a very cozy family dog that snuggles up to you in front of the stove in the evening, but on the other hand it expresses its wild side when hunting. Dogs of this breed are quick to get excited about sporting activities and exercise of any form and show great docility in cognitive training such as learning new tricks, dog sports and clicker training. This is a very social dog who gets along well with children and strangers, but can be possessive and tends to defend his property and family with everything he has. He is usually very open and friendly towards other dogs. Hamiltonstövaren often form the habit of taking objects lying around and destroying them by chewing on them.


What are typical diseases of the Hamiltonstövare?

Hamiltonstövare are very robust dogs in terms of health. Their breeding is very untouched, which is why they are not very susceptible to hereditary diseases. However, as with other breeds, it is important to take good care of them and keep regular checkups with your veterinarian, as well as get the required vaccinations. You should also not neglect ear care, as dogs with droopy ears tend to suffer from ear diseases more often than dogs with prick ears.

Breeding of the Hamiltonstövare, breeder and costs

If you have decided to buy a Hamiltonstövare after much consideration, it is still quite difficult to find the right breeder in this country. Although the dog is already quite popular in Europe, it is still little bred in Germany and in the neighboring countries. The breed is bred in Europe mainly in Sweden, but also in the United Kingdom. Only a few German breeders offer their puppies for sale from time to time. Due to the small number of breeders in the German-speaking area, it is not possible to make a statement about the price, but if you are interested in a puppy, you will certainly find one on the Internet via Swedish websites with private breeders.

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Hamiltonstövare are strong, well proportioned dogs with a rectangular build and long, slightly domed head. The breed does not tend to be overweight and has a height at withers of 53 - 61 cm in males and 49 - 57 cm in females. The tail starts at the level of the back line and runs straight to slightly sabre-shaped. It tapers to a point at the end.

It is a short-haired breed, whose coat is tricolored in appearance. Hamiltonstoväre are characterized by the combination of golden tan with black coat with white markings on the chest, on the fangs, on the paws and on the tip of the tail. According to the FCI classification no other colouring is allowed.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy strong, sporty
Size ♀ 53 - 61 cm
Weight ♀ 22 - 27 kg
Size ♂ 49 - 57 cm
Weight ♂ 23 - 27 kg
Suitable For -


  • ear canal inflammation

    Chronic inflammation of the ear canal can occur in some breeds. Common in dogs that like to swim.

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