Bloodhound Information

Overview

The Bloodhound is often described as "the dog in a baggy suit" because of its very loose looking skin. It is a very old dog breed, perfected over a thousand years ago by monks in Belgium. The term "Bloodhound" actually refers to its aristocratic status, not what the dog is trailing. The Bloodhound's work for law enforcement has proved to be so accurate the evidence trailed by them is accepted in court. Although they are generally affectionate, they can be shy and sensitive.

Bloodhound
Basic Info
NameBloodhound
Other Name Chien de Saint-Hubert, St. Hubert Hound, Sleuth hound
Origin Belgium, France or England, Scotland
Size Type Giant Dog Breeds
Breed Group Hound Dog Breeds
Life Span 10 - 12 years
TemperamentGentle, Even Tempered, Stubborn, Affectionate
Height23 to 27 inches
Weight80 to 110 lbs
ColorsLiver & Tan, Red, Black & Tan
Puppy Price$850 - $1200

Bloodhound

Physical description

Body Type

The average height of the adult male is 26 inches and weight is 90 pounds. The female's average height is 24 inches and average weight is 80 pounds.

The head is narrow when compared to its length and tapers slightly to the end of the muzzle. The skull is narrow and long with a very pronounced occipital peak. The eyes are deep set, giving the false appearance of prominent brows.

The foreface is deep, long and of even width and appears squarish in profile. The ears are very long, set low and fall in folds with the lower parts curving inward and toward the back. The teeth may form a scissors or level bite. The lips fall squarely at a right angle with the foreface. The nostrils are large and quite open.

The neck is long and shoulders are muscular and well-sloped toward the back. The chest lets down between the front legs to form a deep keel. The forelegs are large-boned and straight with squarely set elbows. The thighs are muscular, hocks well-bent and squarely set.

The back is strong with strong loins that are deep and slightly arched. The tail is carried high and curves slightly above the top of the back.

Color

The Bloodhound has extra wrinkled skin that hangs very loose. It hangs around the head and neck in deep folds. These folds help the dog by holding in scent particles during tracking. The hair is short and hard in texture. The hair on the ears and top of the head is softer.

The Bloodhound's coat colors include red, tawny red, black and tan and liver and tan. There may be small patches of white on the feet, chest and tip of the stern. In some dogs the darker colors may have flecks of lighter or badger-colored hair.

Coat

The Bloodhound has extra wrinkled skin that hangs very loose. It hangs around the head and neck in deep folds. These folds help the dog by holding in scent particles during tracking. The hair is short and hard in texture. The hair on the ears and top of the head is softer.

The Bloodhound's coat colors include red, tawny red, black and tan and liver and tan. There may be small patches of white on the feet, chest and tip of the stern. In some dogs the darker colors may have flecks of lighter or badger-colored hair.

Characteristics
Good with Kids
 
Cat Friendly
 
Dog Friendly
 
Trainability
 
Shedding
 
Watchdog
 
Intelligence
 
Grooming
 
Popularity
 
Adaptability
 
Hypoallergenic  No

Grooming

The Bloodhound is an easy breed to groom because of its short-haired coat. It is an average shedding breed. They do need weekly grooming to remove dead hair. Brush with a bristle brush or hound glove. Rub lightly with a chamois or rough towel to help achieve a gleaming coat.

Bloodhounds have a distinctive "doggy odor." A regular grooming routine will help them smell, look and feel better. The long, floppy ears need to be cleaned regularly.

History

The Bloodhound breed of today was perfected rather than created by monks of Saint Hubert in Belgium. The breed was brought into England by the Normans and then later to the United States. It was also known by the name Flemish Hound.

During the Middle Ages all Bloodhounds were a solid color.A white variety of the breed called the Talbot Hound existed in medieval Europe and became extinct in the 1600s. This dog contributed to the development of other breeds including tri-colored Basset Hounds and white Boxers.

Several dog breeds throughout the world owe their lineage to this ancient scent tracker. These breeds include the American Coonhound, Bavarian Mountain Hound, the Swiss Jura Hound and the Brazilian Fila Brasileiro. The Bloodhounds of today are both trackers and companions.

Temperament

The Bloodhound is a kind, mild-mannered and lovable dog. They are so sweet-natured they will let children poke them and clamor all over them. They will just lie there and take it, so owners need to make sure children don't overly pester this dog.

The Bloodhound is not always easily trained. This is due largely to their being distracted by all the interesting scents around. Younger Bloodhounds are very energetic outdoors, determined and independent. The owner needs to have a calm and natural authority. Heavy-handed training may bring out a stubborn streak in this breed.

The Bloodhound can be a handful at puberty around the age of one year. After the age of two, they settle down and mellow out. It is important to take this breed on a daily walk. They can get along well with other dogs and pets when socialized early.

Bloodhounds love everyone and some may even greet unwanted guest. Others may bark and let it be known that strangers are around. They tend to be protective of the home but greet strangers readily when out on the trail.


Interesting Bloodhound Facts

  • The Bloodhound follows any scent including humans, which is rare for dogs.
  • Bloodhounds can successfully follow trails that are over 100 hours old.
  • One particular Bloodhound has a record of helping bring about 600 criminal arrests and convictions.