Welcome to the Hamiltonstovare Club of America (HCA). Our goal is to promote the health and well-being of the Hamiltonstövare in America. We aim to preserve their natural hunting instincts on the game they were bred to hunt and to have examples of the breed adhere to the acknowledged breed standard from it's native country, Sweden. Should you have any questions or comments please email us.
Are Hamilton hounds for you?
Hamiltons are not for everybody. They are typical of scent hounds and will follow their nose. They can be stubborn. Some people may call them loud, true Hamilton people call it singing. They can be very vocal at times but usually only when the situation warrants it.
Most Hamiltons are multi-purpose animals, in that they are pets, show dogs, and hunters. Going off leash in an open area is not advisable unless its an enclosed or fenced area. They do need free running, but in open areas this could mean that you would be waiting for thier return at an undertermined amount of time. If they find a scent or see something interesting they will not come when called. Some Hamiltons are very good on recall but give them a scent and their mind is overcomed with instinct.
Hamiltons are low maintenance in the house, their fur is soft and rarely sheds, they have no "doggy" smell, and can be quite lazy sometimes. Hamiltons are very food motivated so obedience training with the proper motivation can be easy. Sometimes their hound stubbornness can come out so many higher level competitive obedience may not be an option.
Hamiltons are incredibly agile and flexible. They may excel in competitive agility. Hamiltons need a fair amount of exercise, at least one brisk 20 minute walk a day. They are very adaptable so if you want to make them a jogging partner then they will gladly join you. If your tastes are more into hiking then they are perfectly fine with that too.
The major problem with Hamiltons at this time is finding one. As of right now there has only been one known litter born in America, all other Hamiltons have been imported from the United Kingdom or Sweden. Importing costs vary with the age of the dog, the younger the puppy the less expensive the costs will be. They can only be imported into the US without quarentine prior to 12 weeks.
Hamiltons are very versatile and several members of the HCA use their Hamiltons for various different tasks. They make excellent show dogs, with their noble and elegant bearing they can be quite the eye catcher. They have excellent noses and make wonderful tracking dogs. They have natural instincts as a rabbit or a fox hunter so training them for hunting is a breeze. Despite their size, they do not hunt deer. It has been bred in them over centuries to refuse deer scent. Due to their hunting history they are very agile and make fun agility dogs. We always recommend basic obedience for any Hamilton, however; they are naturally stubborn so higher level competitive obedience may not be an option. A CDX title might be the highest the average Hamilton can achieve. They could be shown in rally competitions as well, due to their tendency to wander it might be best to stick with the classes that are on lead.
Establishing the first American Hamiltonstövare club
It has not been easy. The breed has been in America about a decade or more, however they were first shown in American on August 21, 2010 at the Hampton Roads Kennel Club in Courtland, Va. The main challenge that we now face is having several different breeding populations in the country. There are less than 20 known Hamiltons in America spread out mainly on both coasts. So with that said, our first decision with other breeders in the United Kingdom was that for dogs to be eligible for competition in our specific events, they must be of breeding quality unless imported prior to 2010.
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