Last Updated on February 20, 2023 by Pets Feed
The Hamilton Hound (Hamiltonstovare) is a fairly large hunting dog breed that was bred at the end of the 19th century in Sweden. Hardy, hardworking with excellent eyesight and flair, specializes in fox and hare hunting. Today, the loyal and obedient Hamilton Hound is often brought in as a companion.
Everyone dreams of a dog as a loyal friend and companion who will never betray and will always be there. When choosing a dog, the choice is very difficult, and you don’t know who to choose. There are many dog breeds that suit people in all planes, one of the rarest and most sought-after dog breeds is the Hamilton Hound. What is this dog breed, and why is it so rare?
|Country of origin||Sweden|
|Weight||53 – 61cm|
|Height (at the withers)||23 – 27 kg|
|Life expectancy||10 – 13 years|
The Hamiltonstovare is an intelligent and strong dog of medium to large size. The length of his body slightly exceeds the height. The coat is short, with a tricolor (black, tan and white). The height of adult males is 53-61 cm, females 49-57 cm and weigh 23-27 kg.
- Head: clearly defined. There is no sagging skin. The transition to the muzzle is noticeable, elongated.
- Jaws: Of normal size, powerful.
- Ears: Hanging. Slightly raised due to cartilage. Set high.
- Eyes: Small and open. Chestnut.
- Trunk: Harmoniously developed. Strong and muscular. The body is taut, the loin is strong, the croup is wide.
- Legs: Thin, but strong and sinewy. Well developed.
- Hair: Short, hard and dense. Fits well. There are three colors: white, red-brown and black.
Character and behavior
The Hamiltonstovare has good character and is an affectionate companion as long as his hunting instinct is satisfied. It is a dog in love with the terrain, able to follow a path for several kilometers, so it is essential that we are sure that it will come back when we call it.
It is also very important to build a waterproof fence in the garden. It likes people and is calm, although it may be too busy for a home with very young children.
The Hamiltonstovare is a dog used mainly for hunting and, above all, specialized in hunting foxes and hares. Its activity consists in tracking down and hunting its prey and in alerting the hunter. Therefore, this requires a lot of exercise. It is a dog suitable for rural areas, and on the contrary, it does not adapt well to urban life.
Its hyperactivity and the need for support do not make it suitable for owners who live alone, preferring active families. This dog is determined to hunt, with a solid constitution, very resistant to the Scandinavian cold, unbearable and who love work
As a family, the Hamiltonstovare is gentle, stable, calm, reliable with children, obedient, easy to train and calm with other dogs. On the other hand, it can bark and destroy due to sadness, boredom or separation anxiety if it is left alone for a long time.
Hamiltonstovare dogs are known to be healthy and they do not seem to be affected by the hereditary and congenital disorders which afflict many other pure breeds. However, the conditions known to affect the breed are as follows:
- Hip dysplasia.
- Elbow dysplasia.
Therefore, we recommend veterinary visits every 6 or 12 months to help us follow adequate preventive treatment, also strictly monitoring the vaccination schedule and performing periodic, internal and external dewormers.
The Hamiltonstovare has a short, coat-lying coat and does not require much grooming other than brushing once a week. If you’ve walked your dog in the park or in the woods, be sure to check his ears for insects and mites. Also, always keep your pet’s eyes clean and trim the claws if necessary. Bathe your dog at least once a month.
History of the breed
The history of the Hamiltonstovare dates back to the 16th century. With the advent of weapons and a new type of hunting fun, hunting dogs began to be imported into the country from England, France, Germany and other European countries. Until the end of the 18th century, hunting with hounds was the prerogative of the upper strata of the population. Many noble persons kept kennels and bred their own type of dogs. With the abolition of restrictions, they quickly spread throughout the country in the form of many hounds of excellent appearance and working qualities.
In the middle of the 19th century, Earl Adolph Patrick Hamilton, known for his love of dogs and hunting, began purposeful breeding work. His “ideal” hound had to meet a number of requirements: to be smart, independent in work, but at the same time obedient, unpretentious, hardy and friendly. Hamilton’s hound is believed to be a cross between various Swedish, South German, Foxhounds and Harriers. The breed was first exhibited in Sweden in 1886 under the name Swedish Hound. In 1921 it was renamed in honor of the author.