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Smart, and strong with a glossy, richly marked coat, the Hamiltonstovare is a medium/large sized hound. Slightly longer than they are tall, the Hamiltonstovare has a close-lying, short, tricolour coat (black, tan and white), neat hard feet and a proud head and upstanding carriage.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking one to two hours a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog

Key Facts

Lifespan: 14-17 years
Weight: Between 23-27kg
Height: 53-61cm for males and 49-57cm for females
Colours: Tricolour coat of black, tan and white
Size: Medium/large
Kennel Club Groups: Hound


Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 4/5
Easy to train: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 5/5
Grooming needs: 4/5
Shedding: 1/5


Alert, determined and independent, although perhaps a little more inclined to listen to a human than some of their ancestors, the Hamiltonstovare is not a dog for the inexperienced or faint-hearted! If left bored, unsupervised or lonely, they will become vocal and destructive. The Hamiltonstovare will enjoy a home where someone is home all the time, and with people who enjoy fell-running, Cani-X or scent-based sports/games. They are good with children on the whole but this is a fairly large hound and when young, can be quite boisterous and bouncy!

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Sweden

One of Sweden’s most popular hound breeds, the Hamiltonstovare was developed in the late 19th century by one of the founders of the Swedish Kennel Club, Count Adolf Hamilton.
Count Hamilton used a mixture of popular hounds to create his perfect breed - particularly the Foxhound, Harrier, Holsteiner and Heidebracke.
Unlike most of their ancestors however, the Hamiltonstovare is not bred to work in a large pack. Instead, they were developed to be used singly or in pairs, to flush fox and hare to waiting guns. First recognised in 1921, the Hamiltonstovare has remained a relatively rare breed, with a core of breed supporters who endeavour to keep the breed going.

Health and Common Concerns

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Hamiltonstovare Dogs 

Training Hamiltonstovare Dogs 

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Did You Know?

Although the Hamiltonstovare is considered a Swedish breed, much of their ancestry comes from German and English hounds.

In the past, in both Germany and England, owning hunting hounds was illegal for anyone not a member of royalty or nobility. This was because all the game and of course the land itself, belonged to the noble and royal families and so ownership of such a hunting dog, including the type that became the Hamiltonstovare, was illegal, and could result in heavy penalties as just owning one implied the owner was poaching!

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