Developed in the late 1800s by the founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, Count Adolf Patrick Hamilton, the Hamiltonstövare is a medium-sized hound traditionally used to hunt fox and hare.
Originally known as the Swedish Hound, Count Hamilton created the Hamiltonstövare by crossing the English Foxhound, some Harriers, and three extinct breeds from Germany: the Curlandish Hound, Holsteiner Hound, and Heiderbracke.
The Hamiltonstövare is a beautiful dog with a white blaze on its head, down the neck, four white paws, and a white tail tip. It differs from an English Foxhound in that its frame is lighter and it was not bred to hunt in a pack.
Weight: Female: 50–60 lbs (23–27 kg), Male: 50–60 lbs (23–27 kg)
Height: Female: 19–22 inches (49–57 cm) Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm)
Coat: Weather resistant, tight to body. Undercoat short, close and soft.
Life span: 14-17 years
Temperament: Sweet, Energetic, Devoted, Patient, Friendly, Courageous.
Health: Healthy breed. Few susceptible to hip dysplasia and epilepsy.
• Bred to refuse deer scent.
• First shown in Sweden in 1921.
• Also known as the Swedish Foxhound and the Hamilton Hound.
• Used as service dogs in the United States since the late 1990s.
ANKC: Group 4 (Hounds)
KC (UK): Hound
FCI: Group 6, Section 1.2 Scenthounds: Medium-sized #132