Bloodhound

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80-100 lbs
23-25"
Europe
St. Hubert Hound, Chien St. Hubert, Flemish Hound

The Bloodhound is a very kind, patient and loveable dog. He is great with children and will put up with pretty much anything they do, from climbing all over him to pulling his ears! They love attention and are devoted to their owners, but they do need a firm hand as they are quite strong willed. They are not very obedient, and are easily side-tracked by interesting scent trails! They need to know at an early age that you are the leader of the pack; weak owners orders will be ignored. They socialise well with people and other dogs. They belong to a group of dogs who hunt together by scent, known as Sagaces. Although a hunting dog, they are not killers, they are content to find the prey but will not attack. They enjoy the company of other dogs and are tolerant of cats. They are a big strong dog, so need exercising daily, and are known for their incredible stamina to walk for hours at a time. They do require a fenced yard as they stray often. Apartment living is possible with a Bloodhound but they will need daily walks to compensate for no yard and if they howl it could test your neighbor’s patience. Bloodhounds are easy to groom, with a smooth shorthaired coat, and with a rub dry with a rough towel after bathing, their coat will gleam. They are droolers though, and tend to snore and howl. More amazing is the fact that testimony of a Bloodhound’s man trailing results is acceptable in almost any court.

Purpose
tracking game
Date of Origin
middle ages
Ancestry
flemish hound, talbot hound

Bloodhound Health

Average Size
Height: 25-27 inches Weight: 90-110 lbs
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 80-100 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Entropion
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Cherry Eye
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Bone And Joint Problems
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays

Bloodhound Breed History

Reports of dogs that discover and track another animal date back as far as the first century AD, but it was in medieval Europe that the Bloodhound seemed to originate. It is thought that in 1066 William the Conqueror brought hounds, known as the St. Hubert Hounds, with him when he conquered England. The hound evolved into the Bloodhound and it is said that Queen Victoria was influential in keeping the breed from extinction as she was a dog lover and had an interest in this exceptional tracker, entering one of her canines in a dog show in 1869. Notes on the Bloodhound also document this breed in Scotland where it was called the sleuth hound and used for tracking raiders of property and thieves of livestock. The name comes from the dog’s status as an aristocratic breed kept by noblemen and abbots as well as referring to the dog being a hound of pure blood, (pure in breeding) - an aristocrat of dog breeds you might say.  Their popularity rose and fell throughout various eras and although they are recognised by the American Kennel Club they are not a common household pet. However, they are well purposed as law enforcement trackers and search and rescue workers.

Bloodhound Breed Appearance

The Bloodhound is a solid, powerful dog, and has a strong back for the height of the animal. With a head that is long and narrow in proportion to its length and height, it has an amazingly sensitive black nose. The breed has deeply sunken golden or hazel eyes giving it quite a mournful appearance. This sad look is because the lower eyelids are dragged down by the heavy upper lids. Children love playing with their long drooping ears, and deeply wrinkled skin or folds around the head and neck area. These folds serve a purpose which is to hold the scent particles while tracking. With a very pronounced dewlap, strong muscular legs and a tail that is carried high, the Bloodhound has a distinctive look. They have  short, dense, firm hair on the body with softer hair on the ears and skull, concluding with the occasional splash of white on the chest, feet and tip of the stern.

Eye Color Possibilities
Hazel
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Sable
Fawn
Red
Brown
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bloodhound Breed Maintenance

While Bloodhounds make admirable pets, they do take a bit of maintenance and upkeep as they are solid dogs. Some people have a vision of Bloodhounds as those pooches that laze on the front porch in the sun, but nothing could be further from the truth. These dogs love activity and can walk for miles upon miles without a break! As a puppy, they are energetic, and you will need eyes in the back of your head to keep up with them. They do mellow as they age and become less active and more controllable. These dogs can be indoor  pets but keep in mind that they are droolers, and with one shake of their heads, the house will need recleaning. As a dog breed, they are easy to keep clean; a regular bath is all that is needed as well as a good towel down afterwards. Brushing during the hotter months will take care of the shedding, but their main upkeep is their eyes, ears and the folds in their skin. These sensitive areas need constant maintenance to keep free from debris and parasites. Call your veterinarian if there is any discharge coming from the eyes, or if a smell is emanating from within your dog’s ears (often caused by infection).  Because Bloodhounds are a big dog and can be very energetic, they get hungry quickly. Rather than feeding one big meal a day, consider spreading the mealtime over three separate events which will keep your pet full and avoid the breed’s susceptibility to bloat. This condition can quickly become serious if your dog’s stomach twists on itself cutting off the blood flow. This condition is known as gastric torsion and needs immediate veterinary assistance.

Brushes for Bloodhound
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bloodhound Temperament

The Bloodhound has a very kind nature and is mild mannered. They are gentle and affectionate with children and will tolerate all your children’s antics meekly. Sometimes because they are so tolerant, they need rescuing from the children who may inadvertently hurt them as they will accept it without flinching. Young Bloodhounds are full of energy and excitement, but they do mellow as they age. Never a breed that accepts rules and obedience easily, they are led by their noses and can wander off following an interesting trail. By nature, they will follow a trail to a conclusion which is why they are masters in tracking for search and rescue, and in law enforcement where they are used to track escaped criminals. A leash is needed to keep them focused when out for a walk. They do have a strong nature and will respect and need a strong leader but don’t expect total obedience – it won’t happen. They respond best to a naturally calm but strong owner, but loud, demanding owners will only bring out their streak of willfulness. They can be protective of their domain if no one is home, and will bark to let you know someone is around.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Bloodhound Popularity

Popularity ranking
#52
Popular Hybrids
Bloodahouli 
Bloodhound
Catahoula mix
Bloodahouli 
Labloodhound
Bloodhound
Labrador Retriever
Labloodhound

Bloodhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$2 - $2.3
Monthly Cost
$60 - $67.5

Bloodhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 67 lbs
Height: 22 inches Weight: 57 lbs
12 Months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 80 lbs
Height: 23 inches Weight: 72 lbs
18 Months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 97 lbs
Height: 24 inches Weight: 90 lbs

Top Bloodhound Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Bloodhound breeders of 2017.
Cyclone Ridge Kennels
Sullivan, Missouri
Hyden's Hounds
Macy, Indiana
Thomas's Bloodhounds
Harrison, Arkansas
Borrner's Bloodhounds
Austin, Texas
Wychway Bloodhounds
Niagara Falls, New York
Mountain Crest Bloodhounds
Detroit, Michigan
Flessner Kennels
Saint Joseph, Illinois
Hansen Hounds
Blockton, Iowa
Boerner's Bloodhounds
Sisterdale, Texas
Bloodhound Ranch
Kiowa, Colorado

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