The Hamilton Hound is a hunting dog breed originating from Sweden, recognized for its elegant and athletic appearance. They are friendly, energetic and expert tracking dogs.

General details

The breed is of medium size, weighing between 18 and 26 kilograms. The height in males is between 53 and 61 cm and in females between 49 and 57 cm. Their life expectancy is 14 to 17 years. The Hamilton Hound belongs to Group 6 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes hounds, tracking dogs and similar breeds.

Breed history in brief

The Hamilton Hound is a breed of dog originating in Sweden, developed by Count Adolf Hamilton in the 19th century. Selectively bred from different hounds, it was designed for hunting in difficult terrain. Renowned for its ability to track and chase prey, the Hamilton Hound has become a valuable companion in hunting. Although its popularity as a companion dog is growing, it is still most common in Sweden.

Breed characteristics

The Hamilton Hound is a medium-sized dog breed with a sleek, athletic appearance. Its ears are medium sized, set high and fall forward, hanging close to the cheeks. The eyes are dark in color and alert in expression, and the tail is strong at the base and carried straight or slightly curved. The coat is short and harsh, and its typical coloration is white with black and brown markings (tricolor) evenly distributed on the body, including a black facial mask. The Hamilton Hound is described as a friendly, courageous and energetic dog. They are intelligent dogs and receptive to training, although they may show some independence. As hunting dogs, they have a strong tracking and hunting instinct, so it is important to provide them with sufficient mental stimulation and physical exercise.

Common health problems

The Hamilton Hound breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as osteochondritis dissecans, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, cataract, corneal dystrophy, hemophilia A, hypothyroidism, lens luxation, optic nerve hypoplasia, von Willebrand's disease and progressive retinal atrophy.

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