Breeds of dogs: Hamiltonstovare

Breeds of dogs: Hamiltonstovare

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Sweden.
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds.

Hamiltonstovare (Hamilton Hound - Chien courant Hamilton) is considered a mixture of "Southern Germany and Switzerland Hound" with "Foxhound" and "Harriers". They were presented in the first Swedish exhibition by Count Adolf Patrick Hamilton. Hamilton presented two subjects to that exhibition, a male and a female, later considered the precursors of the breed, which took their name from him.

General aspect

Medium sized hound, well proportioned, never heavy. This dog must give the impression of great strength and vigor. Sexual dimorphism must be evident in this breed.


This typical hound is used for hunting hare and fox. Hemiltonstovare is not a pack dog and is never used in hunting deer. His temperament is stable and friendly. He is affectionate and sweet with his master and his family. Pretty independent dog. Quite resistant.


Hamiltonstovare (photo

Hamiltonstovare (photo


- males between 53 and 61 cm
- females between 49 and 57 cm.

Trunk: well proportioned and with good muscle groups.
Head and muzzle: typical hound. Rather broad skull and full muzzle. Tense lips.
Truffle: always black in color. Nostrils well open.
Teeth: the teeth are complete and correct. Strong jaws, capable of carrying a hare or a wild animal.
Neck: strong and well inserted.
Ears: they are very attached, and when the dog is attentive they have to get up only slightly. They are soft, resting on the cheeks; the front edge is not folded out.
Eyes: they are dark brown, with calm expression.
Arts: well upright, strong and straight. Pretty muscular hindquarters.
Shoulder: with right inclination.
Musculature: excellent development.
Tail: it is attached in extension of the back line, straight or slightly curved like a saber. Reaches the hock in length.
Hair: rough, not too short, well adherent to the body.
Allowed colors: tricolor. It is black on the neck, the sides of the trunk and the upper face of the tail. The head, ears and limbs, as well as the lateral faces of the neck, trunk and tail are tawny in color. The tawny color can vary in tone or up to deep and deep reddish brown. White list on the upper face of the muzzle. It is possible to have white on the upper and lower faces of the neck, on the bib, at the end of the tail and in the lower part of the limbs as well as on the feet.
Most common defects: monorchidism, cryptorchidism, limbs not straight, tail badly worn, clear eyes, ears badly worn, incorrect movement, prognathism, enognatism, lack of premolars, insufficient lip, underdeveloped musculature, defective rear end, shy or fearful character, colors not allowed by the standard , narrow skull, smooth coat, non-standard sizes.

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