Breed Group: Hounds
Weight: Male: 90-110, Female: 80-100 lbs
Size: male: 25-27, female: 23-25 inches
Bloodhounds are an ancient breed of dog and their origins are not fully known. However, they are known to have been perfected by monks in Belgium. The Normans first brought these dogs to England and the United States. Bloodhound hunts dogs, but they love tracking them more. Because these dogs are scent hounds, they quickly lose interest and prefer to follow the scent. These dogs are often used as companion and sniffer dogs, particularly to track down game, lost children, and criminals.
The Bloodhound is a gentle, tolerant, dignified, easygoing, and lovable dog. They love to show affection and are very good with children. They are good-natured companion dogs that kids can climb around with. The Bloodhound enjoys a lot of attention, especially from children. However, children should be taught not to hurt these dogs, as these dogs do not mind at all. This breed is energetic and very lively, especially when young. These dogs tend to be disobedient but are generally very gentle. Bloodhounds get along with everyone and welcome both welcome and unwanted guests. However, some will bark to let you know when strangers are around. They get along fairly well with other dogs and pets in the family – however they do tend to drool and snore quite a bit. The Bloodhound can follow any scent, even a human scent. This is a very unusual ability in any dog. These dogs are known to be able to follow tracks that are over 100 years old. They’ll stay on a trail 100+ miles, too, because they’re so determined. However, these dogs should be fenced in, otherwise they will run away. Most Bloodhounds cannot be walked off the leash.
The Bloodhound doesn’t require much grooming, but it’s important to clean under the skin folds to avoid dry and itchy skin. They should also be brushed often to remove excess and dead hair as they can shed heavily seasonally. This breed has long and droopy ears and should be cleaned frequently to avoid infected and painful ears.
The Bloodhound should be raised in a firm yet gentle manner. They can be stubborn, but owners of these dogs should be patient.
It is very important to be consistent when training these dogs as their pathetic appearance makes them know how to bypass training. Although these dogs are not very obedient, they are very calm animals. They will often make their own decisions rather than following their trainers’ directions.
Although this is a fairly tough breed, they do have some health issues that potential owners should be aware of, such as hip dysplasia, gastric torsion and elbow dysplasia, inversion of the eyelids, and excessive skin folds and wrinkles.