Hamilton Hound

Other names: Swedish Hound, Hamiltonstövare

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The Hamilton Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog, with a well-proportioned body, writable in a rectangle, strong and vigorous, but without the impression of heaviness.



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Hair type Short
Origin Sweden
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 23 kg to 27 kg From 49 cm to 57 cm
Male From 23 kg to 27 kg From 53 cm to 61 cm
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History of the breed

Of Swedish origin, the Hamilton Hound is said to have been obtained from crosses between various varieties of European Hounds , mainly from Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain. The first known representatives of the breed were presented at a dog show in Sweden in 1886 . It was a couple belonging to Count Adolf Patrick Hamilton (1852 – 1910) composed of a male named Pang and a female called Stella . It is from these 2 dogs that the breed will be developed and it is therefore in reference to their owner that it will be called Hamilton Hound from 1921 , that is to say 11 years after his death.

Physical features

His hair: short but not excessively, of rough texture, well applied against the body. It is smooth and shorter on the head, ears and front sides of the limbs. It is longer, but not fringed, on the inner side of the tail and the back of the thighs.
Its color: tricolor, composed of black on the top of the neck, the sides of the trunk and the upper part of the tail, of tawny patches (gold to reddish brown) on the head, ears and limbs, as well as a white list on the top of the muzzle and markings of the same color on the upper and lower sides of the neck, chest, tip of tail and lower limbs.
His head: quite long. The skull is slightly rounded and moderately broad, the stop well defined without being excessively pronounced, the nose very black and developed, the muzzle long and almost rectangular in shape, the upper lips thin and tense (more pronounced in the male), the jaws scissor bite and dry cheeks.
His ears: rather high set, slightly raised when the dog is attentive, of soft texture and applied against the cheeks.
His eyes: dark brown in color with a rather calm gaze.
His body: longer than high (writable in a rectangle) and harmoniously built. The neck is long and powerful, the withers well marked, the back straight and strong, the loins muscular and a little arched, the croup slightly oblique, long and broad, the chest long and well let down, the ribs slightly arched and the belly. slightly raised.
Its tail: attached at the line of the back, thick at its base and tapering towards its end. Carried straight or slightly in saber, it does not exceed the line of the back even when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Hamilton Hound is a dog described as friendly and with a balanced temperament . He is affectionate towards his master, to whom he is very attached. He does not have the reputation of being an excellent keeper, but the area where he particularly shines is clearly hunting . The Hamilton Hound is, in fact, a determined hunter , enduring and with a fine flair. He knows how to give voice and prefers to hunt alone, in the company of his master, rather than within a pack. Hares and foxes are his favorite game.

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If it must be educated with a certain dose of firmness , the Hamilton Hound does not support any form of brutality, being particularly sensitive. He needs to learn gently while integrating the limits that must not be crossed. Learning to recall is very important in this dog, as it is for all those intended for hunting.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Hamilton Hound is much more at home in the country than in the city . It can nevertheless adapt to an urban lifestyle if it benefits from a large fenced garden and can be walked frequently, but apartment life is hardly suitable for it.


Ease of gaining weight

The Hamilton Hound does not encounter any particular health problem , as long as it is properly and regularly cared for.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Gastric torsion
Minor concerns
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Hamilton Hound dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Hamilton Hound is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Hamilton Hound is characterized by a light shedding , which, with its short coat, makes it easy to care for .

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week . This will be used to remove dead hair, maintain the cleanliness of her dress and skin and activate the production of protective sebum.

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1300 €

The purchase price of a Hamilton Hound is between € 1,000 and € 1,300.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Hamilton Hound is between € 450 and € 650.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Hamilton Hound cannot afford to be inactive for too long. As a hunting dog, he needs to walk and run freely . Long daily walks are therefore necessary.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(KC) The Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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