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Smart, and strong with a glossy, richly marked coat, the Hamiltonstovare is a medium/large sized hound. Slightly longer than they are tall, the Hamiltonstovare has a close-lying, short, tricolour coat (black, tan and white), neat hard feet and a proud head and upstanding carriage.

14-17 years
Between 23-27kg
53-61cm for males and 49-57cm for females
Tricolour coat of black, tan and white
Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a large garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Cannot be left alone
Generally healthy breed

The Hamiltonstovare is generally a robust breed but can be prone to:
- Hip dysplasia

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


Alert, determined and independent, although perhaps a little more inclined to listen to a human than some of their ancestors, the Hamiltonstovare is not a dog for the inexperienced or faint-hearted! If left bored, unsupervised or lonely, they will become vocal and destructive. The Hamiltonstovare will enjoy a home where someone is home all the time, and with people who enjoy fell-running, Cani-X or scent-based sports/games. They are good with children on the whole but this is a fairly large hound and when young, can be quite boisterous and bouncy!

Vet Rating

History and Origins

Ideal Owner

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Hamiltonstovare Dogs 

Training Hamiltonstovare Dogs 

Suitability for Family Life

Did You Know?

Although the Hamiltonstovare is considered a Swedish breed, much of their ancestry comes from German and English hounds.

In the past, in both Germany and England, owning hunting hounds was illegal for anyone not a member of royalty or nobility. This was because all the game and of course the land itself, belonged to the noble and royal families and so ownership of such a hunting dog, including the type that became the Hamiltonstovare, was illegal, and could result in heavy penalties as just owning one implied the owner was poaching!

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