A very large hound with a powerful physique. They have loose folds of skin on the head and neck and drooping eyes finish off the hallmark soulful expression of the breed.
The History Of The Bloodhound
The Bloodhound is also known as Saint Hubert Hound and originated in Belgium during the 800's.
This is an ancient breed whose precise origin is lost in antiquity. It is recorded that Bloodhounds were used for hunting in ancient Greece and Rome. But it was in Belgium that refined the breed to become the ultimate tracking dog.
The name Bloodhound referred to the pure blood of the dog, as in blue blood. Later the dogs were brought by the Normans into England and then eventually to the United States. It is also known as the Flemish Hound.
Description Of The Bloodhound
The ears are long enough to meet over the nose are not altered. The hanging ears help to sweep scent into the Bloodhound's nose as it tracks.
The tail is carried gaily over back and not altered.
The breed averages 25 - 27 inches tall for dogs and 23 - 25 inches for bitches. Dogs average 90 - 110 pounds and bitches 80 - 100 pounds.
The Bloodhound is a very powerful, massive hound with a long muzzle, drooping ears, and loose, wrinkled skin. The jowls and handing skin give the Bloodhound a rather mournful yet dignified expression.
The neck is well muscled and has pendulous dewlap. The back is extremely strong for the dog's size. Powerful shoulders allow the dog to work long hours without break. Forelegs are straight, solid and muscular. The skull is high and prominent. The tail is carried in an elegant curve above the top of the back. Eyes are deep set and the lower lids fall away.
Coat & Grooming
The coat is short, smooth, and glossy. Allowed colors are black and tan, red and tan, and tawny.
The smooth, short haired coat is easy to groom with a hound glove, and bathe only when necessary. A rub with a rough towel or chamois will leave the coat gleaming. Clean the long, floppy ears regularly.
Bloodhounds have a distinctive doggy odor. The breed is an average shedder.
Temperament and Bloodhound Training
The Bloodhound is patient, mild-mannered and lovable dog. They are gentle and excellent with children.
These dogs are so sweet natured that they will let children climb all over them. They love the attention they receive from children.
They can be boisterous when young, and need firm but gentle training. As with all dogs, Bloodhound training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
Either enroll in a certified local dog training school or read this.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Bloodhound is around 10-12 years.
Reported health problems are eye problems which stems from infections or defects in the red colored lower eyelid called the haw.
This breed is prone to bloat. Feed two to three small meals a day rather than one large one. Avoid exercise after meals. Some suffer from stomach cramps.
Prone to hip dysplasia and ear infections. A padded bed will help avoid calluses on the joints. Some tend to get entropion, where the eyelids turn inward.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
They are relatively inactive indoors and do best with at least an average-sized yard. They will be fine in an apartment if sufficiently exercised.
Bloodhounds love a good run and do need plenty of exercise. If they pick up an interesting scent, you may find it difficult to get their attention. They have an incredible level of stamina and can walk for hours on end.
Do not tire them until they are fully grown. They are big dogs that need all of their energy for development.
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The Bloodhound will drool and snore. The distinctive deep baying voice of the Bloodhound can be a problem if you have close neighbors. They should never be allowed to run free as they have no road sense and are oblivious to cars when they are busy tracking something interesting.
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