KC Pedigree, Medium-Large

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

This very smart, dapper dog takes its name after Count Hamilton, the founder of the breed and of the Swedish Kennel Club. They were developed to hunt hare and fox, singly or in pairs, in the forested, mountainous regions of Sweden in even the harshest of climates.


Attractive to ...

An active, training-minded home. Hamiltons have a high prey drive and hunt by sight as well as scent, so enjoy lure coursing as well as scent trailing.

Not the best for ...

Someone with high fences and access to a safe, enclosed area where the dog can exercise off-lead. Elsewhere, the Hamilton's strong prey drive and hound-like selective deafness means exercise must be done on a long line.


Hamilton, Hamilton Hound, Swedish Foxhound

Cross between





Big, but will still fit in a small car.

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!


Dogs that you mainly just need to polish! But be warned - short haired dogs moult all the time!


Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

10 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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