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Breed Profile: Bloodhound


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Evidence of Bloodhound-type dogs in the Mediterranean dates back to the 3rd century or earlier. Today's Bloodhound is a descendant of the St. Hubert hound, which was developed by a monk in 7th century France. The breed became popular in England as a hunting dog among "bluebloods" or aristocrats. This may be how it's name originated. Efforts to keep lines pure-blooded may have also contributed to the name.

Bloodhounds were brought to the US over 100 years ago and recognized by the AKC in 1885. They are known for their legendary noses, making the breed ideal for sniffing out everything from game to missing persons.


80-110 pounds


black & tan
liver & tan

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

About the Breed:

The Bloodhound is a large, unique-looking dog with lots of loose skin and long floppy ears. The breed is most famous for it's amazing nose - this sleuth of a dog is an expert sniffer. The Bloodhound has a moderate to high energy level and a mind of his own. This slight stubborn streak means that obedience training is an absolute must. While not hyperactive, the Bloodhound will follow his nose wherever it may lead him, especially if he is bored. Plenty of regular exercise can help keep the Bloodhound engaged and fit. Maintaining a healthy weight will help stave off orthopedic issues as well, a natural concern in such a large dog.

Bloodhounds have short, thick coats with a moderate to high shedding rate. The breed also has very elastic skin, creating result in skin folds. Basic routine basic grooming is all that is needed for coat care. However, it is absolutely essential to pay close attention to ear care in order to prevent excess debris and infection. Any skin folds should be kept clean and dry to prevent irritation. Be prepared for slobber with these dogs.

The Bloodhound is an affectionate dog with both a hard-working serious side and a goofy/clumsy side. With proper training and socialization, these are lovable dogs that make wonderful companions and great family dogs. They tend to get along well with kids, though caution should be taken with small children, as the breed does not really know it's size sometimes. The Bloodhound's gifted nose has made them ideal for search-and-rescue, tracking and trailing, and law enforcement work.

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