The Hamiltonstovare is a breed of dog, bred as a hunting hound. The breed was developed in Sweden by the founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, Count Adolf Hamilton. Its ancestry includes several German hounds as well as English Foxhounds and Harriers.

The breed is known by the white blaze on the head, down the neck, four white paws, and a white tail tip. It differs from an English Foxhound in that its frame is lighter. (1)


Well proportioned, giving impression of great strength and stamina.

Handsome, upstanding dog of striking colouring. Hardy and sound. (2)


A typical hound in temperament—sweet and friendly to all—the Hamiltonstovare is also a hardworking hunter. It is happy to be with its family, but it is also happy to be out hunting.

The Hamiltonstovare is its "own hound," and although it is friendly and gregarious, it naturally defers to doing what it wants rather than what might be requested of it. It takes enthusiasm and praise to persuade the Hamiltonstovare to comply with its owner's requests, but it'll do it if it's inspired. (1)


Dogs 53-61 cm (21-24 ins). Ideal size 57 cms (22.5 ins)

Bitches 49-57 cm (19.25-22.5 ins). Ideal size 53 cm (21 ins) (2)

In Conclusion

Now you know a little about the Hamiltonstovare you may have think that this is the dog for you. Before you make a decision, please make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the Hamiltonstovare and its needs and whether this breed would suit your lifestyle.


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