Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Hamiltonstövare

Hamiltonstovare


ORIGIN

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FCI
Sweden.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
17.07.1997.
KC
February 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Scenthound that gives tongue and is used for hunting hare and fox. It is not a pack hound and it is never used for hunting deer.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.2Scenthounds, Medium-sized Hounds
With working trial

KC
Hound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Renée Sporre-Willes.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Houndbreeds have been known in Sweden since the 16Th century. Hunting with hounds was up to 1789 a privilege for royalty and gentry only. It was not until the end of the 18Th century that the ban that had prevented the peasantry from hunting the land was lifted. Hounds earlier kept only by the nobility became known and commonly spread. The origin of the Hamiltonstövare is believed to be a mixture of scenthounds from Southern Germany, Switzerland as well as Foxhounds and Harriers. At the first Dog Show in Sweden in 1886 some 189 scenthounds were on exhibition. Among them were a dog and a bitch, named Pang and Stella, owned by Count Adolf Patrik Hamilton. This couple is considered the origin of the Hamiltonstövare, or as the hounds initially were called, Swedish hound. The breed gained the name Hamiltonstövare in 1921 as an honour to the man that had created the breed, the founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, Count A.P. Hamilton.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Well proportioned, giving impression of great strength and stamina. Never heavy. Tricoloured. The differences between male and female dogs should be clearly defined.
KC
Rectangular, well proportioned, giving impression of great strength and stamina. Tricoloured.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Rectangular body.
KC
Handsome, upstanding dog of striking colouring. Hardy and sound.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Friendly and even tempered hound.
KC
Typical even-tempered hound.

HEAD

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FCI
Longish head.
KC
Head longish, rectangular, with slightly arched and moderately broad skull. Occiput not too prominent. Stop well defined but not over pronounced. Jowls not too heavy. Muzzle fairly long, large and rectangular. Bridge of nose straight and parallel to line of skull. Nose always black, well developed with large nostrils. Upper lips full but not too overhanging.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Skull slightly arched and moderately broad.

Stop

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FCI
Stop well defined but not too pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Nose always black, well developed with large nostrils.

Muzzle

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FCI
Muzzle long, strong and almost rectangular. Bridge of nose straight and parallel to line of skull. Distance from occiput to stop should be equal to that from stop to tip of nose.
KC
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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FCI
Upper lips rather thin, tight, nicely rounded and not too overhanging. Males should have more pronounced lips than females.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Scissor bite. Teeth strong and well developed.

Cheeks

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FCI
Cheeks lean.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark brown with calm expression.
KC
Clear and dark brown with tranquil expression.

Ears

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FCI
Set fairly high ; when drawn forward, ears not to reach half-way along muzzle and should be raised only slightly when alert. Soft, hanging flat with fore edge not folded out.
KC
Set fairly high, when drawn alongside jaw, ears extend to approximately half-way along muzzle and should be raised only slightly above skull when responding to call. Soft with straight fall and fore edge not folded out.

NECK

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FCI
Long, powerful and well set on into shoulders. Skin on neck supple and close fitting. Males should have a well defined arch of the topline.
KC
Long and powerful, merging well into shoulders, skin on neck supple and close fitting.

BODY

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KC
Back straight and powerful. Strong, broad, muscular loin. Croup slightly inclined. Chest deep, ribs moderately sprung, back ribs proportionately long. Belly slightly tucked up.

Withers

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FCI
Withers well defined.

Back

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FCI
Back level and powerful.

Loin

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FCI
Loin musclar and slightly arched.

Croup

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FCI
Croup slightly inclined, long and broad.

Chest

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FCI
Chest deep, long, well developed and reaching elbows. Ribs moderately sprung.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Belly only slightly tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Set in line with back. Straight or slightly curved in sabre fashion. Fairly wide at base and tapering towards tip. In length it reaches hock. When the dog moves, tail preferably not carried above the level of the back.
KC
Set on low, in an almost straight continuation of line of back. In length reaches hock. Fairly wide at base and narrowing off towards tip. Held in straight position or curving slightly in sabre-like shape. Not carried above the backline when moving.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong bone in harmony with the general appearance of the dog. When viewed from front, forelegs appear straight and parallel.
KC
Shoulders muscular and well laid back. When viewed from front forelegs appear straight and parallel. Upper foreleg long and broad and set at a right angle to shoulder blade. Elbows set close in to body.

Shoulder

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FCI
Shoulder long, muscular and well laid back. Closely attached to body.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Upper arm long and forming a right angle to the shoulder.

Elbow

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FCI
Close to body and not visible under ribcage.

FORELEGS

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Pastern

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FCI
Springy and forming a slight angle to forearm.

FEET

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KC
Short and hard. Pads firm and pointing straight forward.

Forefeet

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FCI
Oval in shape with well knuckled, tight toes.

Hind feet

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FCI
Like front feet, dewclaws undesirable.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong and parallel when viewed from behind.
KC
Strong and parallel when viewed from behind. Well angulated, muscle well developed and broad when seen from side.

Thigh

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FCI
Muscles well developed ; thighs broad when viewed from the side.

Stifle

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FCI
Well angulated.

HIND LEGS

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Hock joint

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FCI
Well angulated.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Short, lean and straight.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Parallel, strong, and long-reaching.
KC
Free striding and long reaching. Hindlegs showing drive. Not moving close behind.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Harsh, not too short, lying very close to body. On head, ears and front of legs coat should be very short and smooth. Under tail and on back of thighs top coat quite long but not forming a fringe.
KC
Coat consists of two layers. Undercoat short, close and soft, especially thick during winter. Upper coat strongly weather-resistant lying close to body. On underside of tail, ordinary hair quite long but not forming a fringe. Ample hair between pads.

COLOUR

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FCI
Tricolour. Upper side of neck, back, sides of trunk and upper side of tail black. Head, ears and legs, as well as the side of neck, trunk and tail tan. Tan can range from golden tint to a rich, deep reddish-brown. Blaze on upper part of muzzle ; under- and upper side of neck, breast, tip of tail and lower part of legs together with feet white.
KC
Upper side of neck, back, sides of trunk and upper side of tail black. Head and legs, as well as side of neck, trunk and tail brown. White markings as follows: blaze on upper part of muzzle, underside of neck, breast and tip of tail, lower legs and feet. A mixture of black and brown undesirable, as is a preponderance of any of the three permissible colours.

SIZE

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KC
Dogs 53-61 cms (21-24 ins). Ideal size 57 cms (22 ½ ins). Bitches 49-57 cms (19 ¼ - 22 ½ ins). Ideal size 53 cms (21 ins).

Height at withers

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FCI

Males 53-61 cm; ideal size 57 cm (22,5 ins.).
Bitches 49-57 cm; ideal size 53 cm (21 ins.).

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • Lack of masculinity or femininity.
  • Broad skull, pronounced occiput.
  • Short or snippy muzzle, dish-face.
  • Heavy cheeks.
  • Light eyes.
  • Overshot - or undershot mouth, level bite.
  • Soft back.
  • Short, steep croup.
  • Tail carried above the line of the back.
  • Steep shoulder blades.
  • Restricted hind movement.
  • Mixture of black and brown colour.
  • Heavy black markings that covers sides of trunk, shoulders and thighs.
  • Other white markings than those described in the standard.
  • Two-coloured ( yellow-white, black-white, black-tan) or any preponderance of any of the three permissible colours.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aloofness.
  • Pronounced over- or undershot bite.
  • Size outside the maximum and minimum limit.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.