Hamilton Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Hamilton so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginSweden flagSweden
Other Names
What other names does the Hamilton have?
Hamilton HoundHamiltonstövareSwedish FoxhoundHamilton
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?

Hamilton Price and Availability

How much does the Hamilton puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Hamilton in the United States? How much money is a Hamilton?

Where to buy a Hamilton with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Hamilton, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Hamilton for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Hamilton gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Hamilton? How many Hamilton are there in the world?
Average: The Hamilton is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Hamilton Size

Is a Hamilton small, medium or large dog?

How big do Hamilton get?

What is the average size of a Hamilton?

Large Medium
How much does the Hamilton weigh? How much should a Hamilton weight? What is the normal weight of a Hamilton? How much does a full-grown Hamilton weight?
40-75 pounds (18-34 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Hamilton?
57.5 pounds (26 kg)
How tall is the Hamilton? Hamilton height:
Male: 21-24 inch (53-61 cm), Female: 19-22 inch (48-56 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Hamilton?
Male: 22.5 inch (57 cm), Female: 20.5 inch (52 cm)

Hamilton Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Hamilton have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Hamilton coats?
How to groom the Hamilton and how often? How often should I take my Hamilton to the groomer?
Average: The Hamilton requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Hamilton, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Hamilton dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Hamilton Hound? Do Hamilton dogs shed a lot?
Hamilton dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Hamilton need a bath? How often should you give a Hamilton a bath? Can I bathe my Hamilton every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Hamilton Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Hamilton have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Hamilton? Is the Hamilton breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Hamilton ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Hamilton dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Hamilton?
Hamilton dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
Average: Hamiltons, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Hamilton sensitivity:
Hamilton dogs are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well.

They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, a noisy or office environment, and frequent guest visits.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Hamilton a good family dog?
Average to High: Hamilton dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Hamilton Hound need? Hamilton social needs:
Hamilton dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Hamilton dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Hamilton Hound bark?
Average: The Hamilton barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Hamilton good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Hamilton dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Hamilton dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Hamilton dogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Hamilton bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Hamilton Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Hamilton? Why do dog bites happen?


The Hamilton has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Hamilton has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Hamilton? How much bite force does a Hamilton have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Hamilton bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Hamilton, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Hamilton do?
Hamilton dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Hamilton dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Hamilton to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Hamilton roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Hamilton is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Hamilton have high prey drive?
Hamilton dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Hamilton dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Hamilton good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Hamilton in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Hamilton indoors.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Hamilton dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Hamilton be left alone? How long can you leave a Hamilton alone?
Hamiltons do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Hamilton Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Hamilton temperament with other people:
Hamilton dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Hamilton dogs get along with other pets? Are Hamilton dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Hamiltons do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Hamilton dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Hamilton temperament with children:
Hamilton dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Hamilton dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Hamilton breed live with a cat?
Hamilton dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Hamilton good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Hamilton dogs get along with other dogs?
Hamilton dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Hamilton can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Hamilton breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Hamilton breed suitable for first-time owners?
Hamiltons are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Hamilton dogs good office canines? Do Hamilton dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Hamilton is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Hamilton dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Hamilton Hound temperament with senior people? Are Hamilton dogs good for elderly owners?
Hamiltons are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Hamilton Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Hamilton dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Hamilton is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Hamilton breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Hamilton see the vet?
The Hamilton should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Hamilton dogs live? How old can a Hamilton be? What is the age limit of the Hamilton? How many years can the oldest Hamilton live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Hamilton?

How long is the lifespan of a Hamilton?

11-13 years
The average lifespan of Hamilton: 12 years
Is the Hamilton breed hypoallergenic?
Hamilton dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Hamilton have? What is the activity level of the Hamilton?
Hamilton dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Hamilton need? How much exercise do Hamilton dogs require per day?

Do Hamilton dogs need a lot of exercises?

Hamilton dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Hamilton breed need?
Hamilton dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Hamilton need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Hamilton breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Hamilton? How much food should I feed my Hamilton?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Hamilton risk for obesity:
Average: The Hamilton has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Hamilton weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Hamilton can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Hamilton has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Hamilton drool?
The Hamilton is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Hamilton could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Hamilton.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Hamilton As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Hamilton be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Hamilton is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Hamilton be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Hamilton be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Hamilton is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Hamilton be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Hamilton is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Hamilton be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Hamilton is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Hamilton be a boat dog?

Not really

Hamilton breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Hamilton be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Hamilton is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Hamilton dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Hamilton Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Hamilton pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Hamilton breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Hamilton: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Hamilton have in a litter? How many puppies can the Hamilton breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Hamilton have? How many puppies can a Hamilton give birth to?
4-8 puppies

Hamilton Recognition

AKC Group
Is Hamilton recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Hamilton recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Hamilton breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleFoundation Stock ServiceUnited Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Hamilton Pros and Cons

  • Drooling Tendency: The Hamilton is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Hamilton dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Hamilton dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Hamilton dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Hamilton is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Hamiltons are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Hamiltons are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Hamilton dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Hamilton is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Hamiltons do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Hamilton dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.

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