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Other name(s): Hamiltonstövare; Hamilton Hound; Hamilton-Laufhund; Swedish Foxhound

The basics:
The Hamiltonstövare (Hamilton Hound) was developed about a century ago by the founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, Count A. P. Hamilton, who wanted to create the ultimate hunting hound. It's popular in its native Sweden for hunting fox and hare. This endurance hunter will demand a lot of exercise, yet it possesses a strong prey prey drive, so you will need to be willing to leash train your pet to keep from having it take off on the proverbial wild goose chase.

Appearance / health:
The Hamilton Hound is a medium-sized dog, with a well-muscled and proportionate body. The head is slightly small with a long tapering muzzle. The eyes are large, dark, and obliquely set. The ears are triangular, set high, and fold down from the base by the sides of the cheek. The neck is long and muscular. The legs are straight, lean, and muscular. The tail is long and carried low when the dog is in a relaxed mood.

The Hamiltonstovare sheds little and requires daily brushing to keep its coat healthy and clean.

Hamiltons require daily exercise to keep it fit and healthy. Brisk, long walks coupled with enough opportunities to run around in a midsized fenced yard are suitable for this breed. Hamiltons may enjoy camps, picnics, and treks.

The Hamilton Hound is generally a very healthy breed though it is known to occasionally suffer from hip dysplasia (crippling of movement owing to displacement of the hip joints) and epilepsy (involuntary nervous seizures).

Behavior / temperament:
The Hamilton Hound is always used to hunt independently and rarely in packs. The breed loves company and hates to be left alone. If left alone, these dogs may indulge in destructive activities. Their hunting instincts are strong, and hence they must never be left off leash. They are likely to follow an attractive scent for hours. Owners that have the time to train and exercise them are suitable for this breed.

The Hamilton Hound is quick to learn and responds well to obedience training. Positive reinforcement methods yield desirable results.

Hamilton Hounds may tend to howl at times.

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