Breed Spotlight – Hamiltonstovare

This versatile scent hound, originally bred in Sweden to hunt fox and hare, is also known as the Hamilton Hound and the Swedish Foxhound. This agile, regal dog is named after the founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, Count Adolph Patrick Hamilton, who founded the organization in the late 1800’s. 

The Count wanted a versatile, flexible hunting dog who could navigate the varied Swedish terrain so he used a mix of Harriers, English Foxhouds, and three German breeds which are now extinct: the Heiderbracke, the Holsteiner Hound and the Curlandish Hound. The breed was developed to be a solitary hunter, unlike it’s English kin, who hunted in packs.

The result is a dog that when kept as a family pet, will follow its nose, so leashes and a fenced in yard are a must. At home, the Hamiltonstovare is a low manintenence companion who has been described as lazy. They also rarely shed.

While they do retain the traditional stubborn nature of the hound, they are extremely motivated by food, so they are relatively easy to train. The breed is excellent for service dog work, conformation dog shows, weight pull, tracking, therapy dog work, and lure coursing. 

One major problem with this breed is that they are very hard to find, as there is only one recognized breeder in the United States, located in Virginia. 

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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