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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!

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!