A handsome tri-colored hound from Sweden developed for hunting, this breed with the fun-to-pronounce name is the result of crossing English Foxhounds with Harriers. Developed in the 1800s by Count Adolf Hamilton, one of the founders of the Swedish Kennel Club, the breed filled a very specific need for a sturdy, capable dog that was able to flush out prey for its hunter companion.
The Hamiltonstövare is a large-sized breed dog that resembles the English Foxhound, but its frame is lighter. A tri-color breed, they feature a black and brown coat with some white on the face, neck, tail and lower legs. Their undercoat is short, close and soft, and especially thick in the winter time making it perfect for those cold Nordic climates.
Being rather high energy and stubborn, this is a breed that requires confident handling and good socialization. With dedicated handeling they are known to be easy going, friendly, sweet and loyal. It’s important to note that this is a breed that likes a lot of attention from its humans and general stimulation and activity. Like all breeds with these highly-tuned hunting and tracking instincts, they are extremely intelligent and if left alone for long periods can come up with their own idea of fun and games, otherwise known as “being naughty.”