Hamiltonstövare FCI Standard
Although the similar hounds existed in Sweden already in the Middle Ages, the first breed member was shown only in 1886. The Hamilton Hound was used for hunting the small game and vermin. It was also good in tracking and retrieving and was able to work in a very rough terrain and severe climate.
Today, the Hamilton Hound is still very rare outside Scandinavia and Great Britain where it is widely used as a companion animal and for hunting. This breed is currently recognized by the Kennel Club (England) and FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale).
The Hamilton Hound will be very patient with children and makes a great playmate for them. It will excitedly greet any guest trying to instantly become their friend. However, this breed can be too friendly and will loudly bark and jump over other people that can lead to unwilling accidents. So teach your dog to behave properly and be more reserved. The Hamilton Hound makes poor guard and watchdog.
Most breed members will get along well with other dogs but the Hamilton Hound has a strong prey drive and will chase non-canine animals. It is possible to socialize your dog with other household pets, but for strange animals this breed is always a threat.
• patellar luxation;
• congenital heart disease;
• gastric torsion;
• canine hip dysplasia.
Obedience training is very important for this breed, as it prefers to do what it likes rather than what it is asked for. If your dog trusts and respects you it will learn quickly all the basic commands. The sensitive Hamilton Hound needs to be trained only with positive methods like treats, reward and praise.
With a competent trainer this dog will be able to learn and perform almost any task or a trick. Socialization must start from the very young age as in case with any other dog.
The Hamilton Hound loves to hunt, run and play. But you can let your dog off the leash only in a fully secured area as if it starts following the scent it can run away and never come back. This breed is definitely suited only for an individual or a family with an active lifestyle. It also needs a lot of space to run (better a field), therefore the Hamilton Hound is not for an apartment living.