Also known as S. Hubert Hound and the Sleuth Hound, the Bloodhound's deep sunken eyes and droopy lower eyelids, together with the dog's wrinkly head of loose skin and long pendulous ears, make this giant dog breed unmistakable. The Bloodhound is a gentle, good-natured companion and is a good choice for a family pet. They enjoy playing with children, reveling in the attention they receive, and are extremely affectionate and patient with children. While Bloodhounds are a smart dog breed, they can be difficult to train, so patience and consistent training is required. Bloodhounds are renowned for being easily distracted, particularly if they pick up a scent. Early socialization is also important to ensure your Bloodhound does not become overly shy and timid. A long daily walk or run is necessary exercise for this giant dog breed who has remarkable stamina, however it is important not to over-exercise Bloodhound puppies during their first year’s growth (to protect growing bones and joints). As a scenthound, owners should ensure secure fencing of their property, or risk their new dog’s escape. Bloodhounds were originally used as tracking and hunting dogs, but even today as domestic pets this skill remains, and this dog will hunt by scent if given the opportunity.
Send us your photos for our gallery!
Bloodhounds can weigh up to 160 pounds!
23 to 27 inches (58.4 to 68.6 cm)
80 to 110 pounds (36.5 to 50.2 kgs)
8 to 9 years
Belgium. There are conflicting views on the exact origin of the Bloodhound, however the majority of consensus is that in the 7th Century a monk the St Hubert monastery created the breed.
Energy Level:The Bloodhound is tireless and exuberant.
Exercise Needs:The Bloodhound needs a long daily walk or run of at least an hour.
Training Compatability:The Bloodhound has average compatibility with the right training.
Popular Bloodhound Cross-Breeds:
Labloodhound - Bloodhound X Labrador Retriever
The Bloodhound is:
Grooming:Your Bloodhound will need little grooming; maybe once every two weeks.
Coat Length:The Bloodhound has a short coat.
Shedding:The Bloodhound is a light shedder.
Bloat, Ear Infections, Ectropion, Eye infections, Hip dysplasia
As a large dog breed with a deep chest, Bloodhounds are prone to suffer from bloat. Avoid feeding your Bloodhound large meals, and do not exercise your dog after mealtime. As a giant dog breed, Bloodhounds have a short life expectancy.
Celebrities with Bloodhounds
Puppy Review talks about ways to help your dog cope with the pain of arthritis.
Pugs are the ultimate companion dog. Living to please their owner, this small dog bred is even-tempered and playful, with minimal exercise needs.
More Pug information...