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Bloodhound

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Bloodhound

Bloodhounds have short, smooth coats with softer hair on the skull and ears. The coat colors are usually black and tan, liver and tan and red. White is permitted on the chest, feet and stem tip when showing this breed. The narrow skull is long with a prominent occiput and an abundance of loose skin especially over the forehead and sides of the face. Their jowls aid in holding scent particles. The medium size, deep set eyes range from brown to hazel in color. The thin ears are long, falling into folds along the side of the face. The black nose sits on the tip of the muzzle and the nostrils are large. The jaw is strong and the teeth meet in a scissor-like bite. The muscular neck is long with a pendulous dewlap and slightly slopes to the shoulders. Since this dog is a working breed, they have extraordinary strength in their backs. The straight forelegs should be round boned, solid, and muscular. The tail should be carried high with an elegant curve above the topline of the back.

Temperament Bloodhounds are affectionate, patient, noble, lovable, and gentle-natured dogs. They are excellent with children letting them climb all over them without moving. They also love the attention they receive from the children. Bloodhounds are devoted to their owners and get along with almost everyone. They live peacefully with non-canine and other household pets. They are rarely vicious, although they can become aggressive around other dogs of the same sex. Although they are larger in size, they do not make good guard dogs due to their sweet and even temperaments. Bloodhounds are generally quiet inside, but once they are outside, they will become very vocal. This breed should be kept in a fenced in area and shouldn't be walked without a leash. Once free, they will run after various scents and follow them until they find the scent source. Bloodhounds have a tendency to bay, snore, drool, and sniff inappropriately.
Height, Weight Male Height: 25-27" ; Weight: 90-110 lbs.
Female Height: 23-25" ; Weight: 80-100 lbs.
Health Problems This breed can be prone to bloat. They can also suffer from stomach cramps, hip dysplasia and entropion.
Living Conditions Bloodhounds can live fine in an apartment but do best with a medium to large yard. Do not let this breed off of the leash as they will take off tracking interesting smells.
Exercise This breed loves to go for long walks but keep in mind their need to scent. They may take you along for the ride while they track. They need to run but never off of their lead. Care should be shown toward Hound puppies until their bones are mature.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming The Bloodhound is easy to groom. Wiping with a hound glove or a damp towel will bring the coat to a gleaming shine. Care should be taken with cleaning the ears. Only bathe when necessary as to not dry out the natural oils in the skin. There may be a strong odor from the oils in the breed's coat. They are average shedders.
Origin Although it is not exactly known when the Bloodhound originated, it is presumed that they have been in existence since well before Christ's birth. During the 8th century, the breed was perfected, not created, by monks of St. Hubert in Belgium. The dogs were originally called 'Segusius' and were used to track wolves, big cats, deer and/or to follow the trail of wounded game. In 1066 A.D., Normans conquered England bringing this breed with them. In England the Black and Tan dogs were named Bloodhounds and the White were named Talbot Hounds. The white variety, which existed during this medieval Europe, died out as a breed by the 1600s. Although the modern Bloodhound looks slightly different than their ancestors, the breed is still called Chien du St. Hubert in Belgium. In 1871, the first Bloodhound was seen in the English show-ring. The Bloodhounds keen sense of smell is legendary. They are able to successfully follow trails over 100 hours old as well as stay with the trail for over 100 miles. This breed has been used worldwide for rescue and criminal searches and their evidence is admissible in a court of law. One Bloodhound was responsible for over 600 criminal arrests and convictions. Bloodhounds revel in tracking. They are recognized by both the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Hound, UKC Scenthound