Bloodhound

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.


The Bloodhound's long and pendant shaped ears and thin and soft to touch.
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885, Bloodhounds are known as being extremely affectionate dogs.
Bloodhounds are known to be sensitive to correction from their owner.
Bloodhound puppies do not reach maturity until they are at least two years old.
The Bloodhound's face features deep sunken eyes and droopy lower eyelids.
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Group:

Hound

Size:

Giant

Bloodhounds can weigh up to 160 pounds!

Height:

23 to 27 inches (58.4 to 68.6 cm)

Weight:

80 to 110 pounds (36.5 to 50.2 kgs)

Life Expectancy:

8 to 9 years

Origin:

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.

Popular Bloodhound Cross-Breeds:

Labloodhound - Bloodhound X Labrador Retriever

Available colors:

The AKC accepts a small amount of white on chest, feet, and tip of stern.

Temperament

The Bloodhound is:

  • Affectionate
  • Calm
  • Devoted
  • Gentle
  • Good-natured
  • Kind
  • Quiet
  • Tenacious

Health Concerns

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.

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24-May-2011

Chris

The bloodhound looks so dopey! But I think that's what makes them cute to me smile

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