Hamiltonstovare Breed Clubs, Breeders and Rescue
The Hamiltonstovare is the most popular hound in Sweden where he was created by Count Hamilton in the late 1800s. A founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, he founded his new breed on English Foxhounds and German hounds. A smooth coated, richly coloured tri-colour about the size of a Labrador the Hamiltonstovare stands foursquare and has a very dignified mien. He measures up to 60cm and is solidly built to match, weighing up to 60lbs.
Unlike most hounds he works alone and is used to find and flush game back to the guns; he indicates his success by baying. The Hamiltonstovare has an excellent nose and when on the trail is hard to distract, and will only return when he is ready. Clearly, a hound who needs a secure garden and who should be exercised with due consideration for roads and livestock.
He has gained great affection in his homeland and even entered into the folklore. A small elf, Tomten, is said to help Swedish housewives. He is accompanied by a Hamiltonstovare called Karo. Although they are still a rare breed in this country, which means they are not awarded Challenge Certificates and so cannot earn the title of Champion they have achieved a very high standard and succeed at high levels of competition against other breeds.
As his Foxhound ancestry would suggest, the Hamiltonstovare does enjoy plenty of exercise and this must be taken into consideration before acquiring one. Do not expect him to return when called. His temperament is good; even-tempered and friendly he makes a fine house dog as long as his exercise requirements are attended to.
His richly coloured coat is short and soft, but becomes quite thick during the winter. A slicker brush would probably suit him best, especially when he is changing coat and a zoom-groom to hurry out the dead coat. Boiled linseed oil added to the feed will bring out a wonderful gleam in his coat.
Rescue and Rehoming
Hamiltonstovare Club of Great Britain Welfare Mrs Diane Cook Email 01420 86183
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog contact your dog’s breeder.