Other names: Hamilton Hound, Swedish Foxhound
The dog with the gentlemanly name is a lighter and altogether more Scandinavian variation on the English Foxhound. Friendly, charming, and hard-working, as his James-Bond-parody of a breed-name might suggest, this chap is a strong and handsome take on the scenthound, and can be as free-willed as he is sociable. In contrast to his scenthound cousins, the Hamilton Hound has pretty keen hunting eyes in addition to that well-developed nose. If you can handle his often-independent behaviour, you’ll find this chap to be a warm and low-maintenance addition to the household.
Key facts about the Hamiltonstövare
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Origins and history
This Swedish dog was created by, and takes his name from, Count Adolf Patrick Hamilton; it’s only a pity they didn’t call the breed the Count Adolf Patrick Hamilton Hound. The Count stuck together five disparate breeds in the late eighteenth century – the English Foxhound, Harrier, Curlandish Hound, Holsteiner Hound, and Heiderbracke – and this is what he got. The first official Hamilton Hounds were named Pang and Stella and not, sadly, Neil and Christine.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Hamiltonstövare
Female : Between 19 and 22 in
Male : Between 21 and 24 in
Female : Between 51 and 60 lb
Male : Between 51 and 60 lb
Type of coat
This veritable child’s drawing of a dog is smartly rectangular in shape but boasts a joyful patchwork of tricolour fur. His muzzle is long and segues elegantly into his arched and modestly-sized head. His ears are long, flappy napkins, his neck and shoulders powerful and no-nonsense. The Hamilton Hound’s chest is deep and his belly barely betrays its straight line, leading back to a tail held aloft and curved like a sabre.
Good to know
You cannot hunt deer with this dog. Lust for deer hunting has been selectively bred out of the Hamilton Hound.
The Hamilton Hound is a warm and affectionate companion.
This playful dog loves to entertain and to be entertained, and tracking games are good for channeling his energy.
This dog is generally a calm type, but will become more eager outdoors.
He is an intelligent dog, quick to learn and even to become manipulative by acting on his observations.
The Hamilton Hound is a natural hunter and finds the deepest inspiration in the sights and smells of small, fast-moving fluffy animals.
Fearful / wary of strangers
He is self-assured, and rarely aggressive towards strangers.
Although he is quite autonomous, he still needs regular contact with his social group.
Behaviour of the Hamiltonstövare
This breed was created for teamwork, and he will become disruptive if left alone for long periods.
Easy to train / obedience
Although he can prove stubborn towards his teacher, the Hamilton Hound is eager to learn and can even progress to be a service dog if given the right start in life.
More of a crooner than a barker, he may all the same sound his voice off with undesirable frequency if not taught otherwise in his youth.