Breeds 101



The Hamiltonstovare was created in Sweden by the founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, Count Adolf Hamilton; He bred the first Hamitonstovare in the late 19th century by crossing varieties of German Beagle with the English Foxhound and local Swidish hounds.

The Hamiltonstovare was first shown in 1886. Except in Great Britain, where it is fast becoming a successful show dog and working hound, this handsome dog is virtually unknown outside Scandinavia; One of Swidish 10 most popular breeds.

The Hamiltonstovare hunts alone or with a canine partner, and pushes its prey (fox or hare) toward the hunter rather than trapping. It is never a pack hunter.

It is capable of tracking, trailing and flushing game. It bays in a typical hound-like fashion when it finds wounded quarry.

This breed is known by the white blaze on the head, down the neck, four white paws, and white tail tip. With a coat that thickens considerably in the winter, this industrious dog is content working in snow-covered Swedish forests.


Large: Females: 18 to 22 inches; Males: 19 to 23 inches; 50 to 60 pounds.


Three-color (black, brown and white).


They make excellent family pets; they are very affectionate and get along with almost anyone; they are very patient with children; they are sweet, gentle and intelligent, but sometimes can be stubborn. Their hunting instincts are still very strong, and they’ll go after anything that looks like prey, even other family pets.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner in suburban home.


They need to be taken on a daily, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle; they should never be left off leash unless in a secure area; they need a proper training; very little shedding, bathe once a month.

Life expectancy:

About 12 years.