Hamilton Hound


A medium sized Hamilton Hound
Hamilton Hound Quick Summary
Also Known AsSwedish Foxhound
Height (at withers)18-23.5in (46-60cm)
Weight50-60lbs (23-27 kg)
Hair Colour(s)
Lifespan12-15 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size7-8
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingLow
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftHigh

The Hamilton Hound is a medium-sized handsome looking dog, and is lighter in frame than the English Foxhound. The body is rectangular in shape with a level topline, deep chest, moderately sprung ribs, straight forelegs and a low-set tail. The head is long with a long rectangular muzzle, a black nose, dark brown eyes and high-set hanging ears. The coat consist of a short, soft undercoat and a short weather-resistant outercoat, and the colouring tends to be combinations of three with a white blaze on the head, neck, paws and tip of the tail.


Hamilton Hounds are calm and friendly dogs with sweet, affectionate natures. They are fun-loving but also very hard working and love to be out hunting as well as being with their family, and they require plenty of daily exercise to prevent the risk of behavioural issues. These dogs make loyal companions and great family pets, and despite not being aggressive, would not hesistate to protect a loved one. Some can have a tendencey to bark if neglected. Despite being quick to learn and quite laid back they can be stubborn, often preferring to do what they like to do rather than what is being asked, and so can be difficult to train. For this reason they are more suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training rather than novice owners. Hamilton Hounds are good with older, more considerate children as they are very patient towards them, and are tolerant of other dogs, but caution is required around small animals and pets as they will tend to chase them. As these are friendly, non-agressive dogs, they make unsuitable watchdogs.

History & Skills

Hamilton Hounds originate from Sweden, where they were developed in the 1800s by one Count Adolf Patrick Hamilton to hunt foxes and hares over difficult terrain and under difficult weather conditions. Their ancestry includes German Hounds, English Foxhounds, Beagles and Harriers. Due to their excellent hunting abilities this breed has became popular not only in its home country but also in Great Britain, and is gaining popularity in other countries too.

Breed Specific Ailments

Hamilton Hounds tend to live between 12-15 years and are a hardy breed of dog. Some of the health problems noted in this breed includes hip dysplasia and epilepsy, although both only in very few instances.


Hamilton Hounds are low shedders and so may be suited to those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are low also, and all they require are occasional brushing and bathing if and when required. The ears should be regularly checked and kept clean too.

Exercise & Environment

Hamilton Hounds tend to live indoors but are not suitable for small homes, such as apartments, but they can adapt to most environments providing they are given enough exercise. As they thrive on human attention, they wouldn't do well being kept outdoors and would tend to bark and annoy the neighbours. These dogs have a lot of endurance and need a daily walk, and make good jogging companions too. They shouldn't be trusted off the lead unless in a secure area as they tend to chase scents and small animals.


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