Other Names

Swedish Foxhound



Hamilton Hounds are very easy going, but can be stubborn. They are very patient with children. This breed makes a fantastic hunter as it has a very high prey drive, so caution needs to be taken with small animals. Owners must provide plenty of daily exercise, and be the dog’s firm, but calm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid behavior issues.


Height: Females 18 – 22.5 inches (46 – 57 cm) Males 19.5 – 23.5 inches (50 – 60 cm.)
Weight: about 50 – 60 pounds (22.7 – 27.2 kg)

Health Problems

Hip dysplasia (very low instances) and epilepsy (very low instances).

Living Conditions

They are very adaptable and will suit any environment, given they have enough exercise.


This dog has a lot of endurance. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. Teach them to enter and exit door and gateways after the humans. They should NEVER be left off leash unless in a secure area, as they have a tendency to run off trailing scents.

Life Expectancy

Depends on the health of the line but the healthier lines can except to live at or past 12 years old.

Litter Size

About 4 to 8 puppies


Very easy, very little shedding, bathe once a month.


Bred in Sweden by Count Hamilton, who wanted a single hunter of fox in hare. They were developed from German hounds and English Foxhounds.