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Swedish solo hunter developed by Count Hamilton

The richly coloured black, white and tan scent hound from Sweden is the result of crossing the English Foxhound with German Hounds. The breed was developed by Count Hamilton, a hound enthusiast and a founder of the Swedish Kennel Club. The Hamiltonstovare hunts singly and not in packs and was developed to hunt fox, deer, hare and wild boar. The breed first appeared in the Swedish show rings in 1886. Hamiltonstovare are most commonly multi-purpose dogs; they are hunters, show dogs, and pets, all in one regal and versatile little package. As a hound, they follow their nose wherever it goes (and will not return for a good long while), so leads and fences are a necessity with this breed. Unlike most scent hounds though, the Hamiltonstovare has an extremely high prey drive for both scent and sight. They can make excellent lure coursing dogs.

Hamiltonstovare are an active breed but they do have an off switch. They are ready to warm the sofa one day and go for a 10 mile hike the next. They are a highly intelligent breed that thrives on being with their people and doing things that make their people happy. Hamiltonstovare are a highly perceptive breed and adore their family. They are happy, lively dogs who crave companionship and would make a good family dog. However, due to their boisterous nature may not be suited to families with really young children. They make excellent service dogs, especially for medical alerts and psychological alerting. Hamiltonstovares do have a high prey drive though, so they may not be the best dog for homes with rodents or even some cats as pets.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE


Most of these stats are from the The Kennel Club UK. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKHound
Bred ForHunting
Rare BreedYes
Country of OriginSweden
TemperamentFriendly, Even-tempered
Exercise NeededMore than 2 hours a day
Size of Home NeededLarge
Height at Withers – Females49 – 57 cm / 19¼ – 22 ½ in
Height at Withers – Males53 – 61 cm / 21 – 24 in
GroomingOnce a week
CoatShort, Double Coat
Life Expectancy10 – 14 years
  • King Karl XII owned these hounds during his reign which lasted from 1682 to 1718 and right up until the end of the 18th Century only royals and the nobility were permitted to hunt using these hounds.
  • Hamiltons form strong ties with their families and dogs are never very happy when they find themselves left on their own for longer periods of time.
  • Hamiltonstovares prefer hunting alone or with one companion, as opposed to in a pack. This is a key difference between them and similar breeds.
  • Over the years, Hamiltons have been bred to refuse the scent of deer, and so it does not hunt a deer.
  • They are also called the Swedish Foxhound and Hamilton Hound.


Breed standards vary throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Hamiltonstovares.


Click on any picture below to view it larger and in a slideshow, it’s worth it! 😃


Enjoy this video about Hamiltonstovares, you can view the entire playlist of videos about this breed on our YouTube Channel by clicking the button below:


Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Hamiltonstovare breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here. The rareness of this breed is evident when I can only find one website dedicated to it!

Thanks for reading!

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