Bloodhound Dog Breed
The Bloodhound prefers the hunt rather than the kill and is known for his ability to follow a scent for long distances. He is well known for his ability to find missing persons and trail criminals. These dogs are very affectionate and friendly toward people as well as other dogs.
This ancient breed takes its name not from the blood of its victims, but from its own. The name Bloodhound means a dog of the royal blood, a pedigree hound. In its native Ardennes, in Belgium, and also in France, it retains the name of its early ancestor, the Chien de St. Hubert. Bloodhound dogs, with their trademark droopy face, are natural born hunters. Despite their saggy, soft skin these dogs are a strong and muscular breed.
This "magic sniffer" of the dog world has a phenomenal ability as a scent hound, superior to other hounds, which made them legendary in police investigations as well as in search and rescue operations. The scenting ability of the breed is almost beyond belief. It is so specialized as a tracker that, once it locates its quarry, it is more likely to lick it than bite it.
Bloodhounds aren't necessarily good family pets. They probably are not appropriate for families with small children. They're certainly not appropriate for first time dog owners. They do better in homes with multiple dogs. They do better the more space they have. They do better when someone is home a significant part of the time. They are more independent than many other breeds of dog, making discipline issues more likely. The breed certainly has more health issues than many. They need stimulation to keep them from finding a way to get into trouble. Bloodhounds shed a lot, drool, slob a lot and have a distinctive hound odor.
They can be destructive when bored or not exercised enough which they usually express in chewing and baying. Most do best as indoor/outdoor dogs; note, however, that this is not the breed for people obsessed with cleanliness in the house.
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Bloodhound Breed Outline
Country of Origin:||Belgium|
||Group 6 - Scent hound and related breeds; Large sized hounds. |
|| Scent hound for large game, service dog, tracking dog and family dog. It was and it must always remain a hound which due to its remarkable sense of smell is foremost a leash hound, often used not only to follow the trail of wounded game as in the blood scenting trials but also to seek out missing people in police operations. |
|Personality:||Gentle, placid, kind and sociable with people. Particularly attached to its owner. Tolerant of kennel companions and other domestic animals. Somewhat reserved and stubborn. Just as sensitive to compliments as to corrections. Never aggressive. Its voice is deep but it rarely barks.|
|Height:||23-27 inches at shoulders|
||There are three distinct coat colors: black and tan, liver and tan and red unicolor.|
Other Names:||Chien de Saint-Hubert|
|Average Litter Size:||8|
|Life Span:||9-11 years|
||Bloodhounds need quick weekly brushing and regular ear cleaning and nail trimming. They are naturally looking dogs and do not need trimming.|
|Shedding:||Heavy seasonal or year round. |
||Bloodhounds usually get along with other animals if socialized from puppy hood.|
|Suitability for Children:||Patient with children of all ages. However, because of their giant size, toddlers should not be left unsupervised to play with these dogs.|
|Exercise Needs:||Bloodhounds require up to 90 minutes vigorous daily exercise to maintain fitness.|
|Train Ability:||Slow to house train, slow to learn new things, stubborn.|
|Health Issues:||Bloodhounds have several health problems. The most common are hip dysplasia, bloat, eye problems|
I agree mostly with this page except for the slow trainability
I agree mostly with this page except for the slow trainability. I have a 2 year old blood hound that has been trained as a service dog. Granted, she was professionally trained, however, she did remarkably well. They do bond closely with their people and the great sense of smell makes her the ideal "early warning system" I need. She never leaves my side - ever.
I have freedom now that I would never have without her. The typical bloodhound smell is easily taken care of by washing down the inside of her mouth and teeth with a washrag every day. Shedding isnt a problem either because I brush her every day.
I dont think this is a breed you can leave alone for 8 hours a day though - inside or out. They really do need their people and they really must have a job. This isnt your typical family dog in that regard.
Posted by Guest_5316 on Friday, December 02, 2011
I agree with this page, except for the family part
I agree with this page, except for the family part. I have 3 bloodhounds and I could never dream of having any other kind of dog around my family. For a large breed they are amazing with small children. They will let them work them over and just lay there the whole time they are doing so.
Posted by Guest_4125 on Thursday, May 07, 2009
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