The Hamiltonstövare is above all a working dog, bred for hunting fox and hare, working singly or in pairs rather than in a pack. The combination of working ability and a lovely temperament makes the Hamiltonstövare a pleasant shooting dog. Standing 19 to 24 inches (49 to 61 centimetres) at the withers, makes him one of the larger stövare.
Links to Breed Descriptions
Swedish Native Breeds: http://www.skk.se/global/dokument/hundrasguiden/svenska-raser.pdf
SKK Website | Hamilton Hound: https://www.skk.se/sv/hundagande/kopa-hund/svenska-hundraser/hamiltonstovare
Hamiltonstövare Club of America -- Judges Education presentation: Internet Archives: https://web.archive.org/web/20160316030717/http://www.hamiltonstovareusa.com/images/JudgesEducation.doc
Other Names for Breed
Swedish Foxhound (colloquial)
Chien courant Hamilton
Sabueso de Hamilton
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: Sweden
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
Canine Chronicle: Masterminds – The Hamilton Hound 218 – May, 2013, text and illustrations by Ria Hörter
Our Review of Hamilton…the Dog Breed
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club (FSS breed - FCI standard)
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. Finland: Database: FKC - KoiraNet-jalostustietojärjestelmä
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Sweden: RAS: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
US Recommended Health Tests: https://www.hamiltonstovare.org/health
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
US: Hamiltonstövare Club of America: https://www.hamiltonstovare.org/
Sweden: Svenska Stövarklubben http://www.stovare.se/stovare.asp
Svenska Hamiltonstövareföreningen http://hamiltonstovare.se/
Finland: Finska stövarklubben http://www.ajokoirajarjesto.fi/svenska/
Norway: Hamiltonringen http://www.hamiltonringen.com/