The most famous scenthound, bred in Britain since before 1300
The Bloodhound is possibly descended from hounds once kept at the monastery of St Hubert in Belgium, but has been bred and developed in Britain since before 1300. In the 19th century, the Bloodhound was used to rescue the French ‘Chien de St Hubert’ from extinction, and carries that name in parts of Europe. They were originally used as a leashed hound in hunting deer and wild boar, but also from very early times in tracking humans. In Scotland he was known as the sleuth-hound, and was used up to about 1600 on both sides of the Scottish border in pursuit of raiders and cattle thieves.
The Bloodhound is a gentle, patient, noble and mild-mannered animal. They’re especially good with children and are known to be exceptionally tolerant of tots who clamber over them. They also generally get along well with other animals. Beneath this mild-mannered demeanour, however, run deep streaks of determination and independence. A Bloodhound has a mind of their own, and tends to make their own decisions rather than obey their owner’s commands. This tendency is especially true if the dog has detected an interesting scent; if that happens, they’ll be single-minded in their determination to follow the trail as far as they possibly can. Bloodhounds can be wonderful canine companions, but they also can be a tremendous challenge. They are relatively slow to mature, hitting adolescence at about one year and not reaching full maturity until at least age two. During that adolescent period, the Bloodhound is likely to be boisterous, clumsy, curious about any interesting scent and fearless about eating anything that smells interesting. This tendency to eat includes such inappropriate objects as TV remote controls, towels, batteries and car seats, which results in expensive post-tasting surgery to remove those objects. Needless to say this is a breed that needs training and socialisation from an early age in order to make them a great pet for the right family.
Read more about the history of this breed – HERE
STATS AND FACTS
Most of these stats are from the The Kennel Club UK. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.
|Group – UK||Hound|
|Bred For||Tracking game and people|
|Country of Origin||UK / Belgium|
|Temperament||Affectionate, Reserved, Sensitive|
|Exercise Needed||More than 2 hours a day|
|Size of Home Needed||Large|
|Height at Withers – Females||58 – 63 cm / 23 – 25 in|
|Height at Withers – Males||63 – 69 cm / 25 – 27 in|
|Grooming||Once a week|
|Coat||Short and Smooth|
|Colour||Black & Tan, Liver & Tan, Red, Liver|
|Life Span||8 – 10 years|
- Additional exercise time can come in the backyard, which must be securely fenced because Bloodhounds are great diggers and escape artists.
- The Bloodhound’s low-hanging ears should be checked daily for any sign of infection. In addition, check the Bloodhound’s skin wrinkles daily for odour or irritation.
- They have been used in tracking for search and rescue, and in law enforcement where they are used to track escaped criminals.
- This dog’s long jowls make them a prodigious drooler, and with a quick turn of their head, they can hurl that drool as far as 20 feet!
- Bloodhounds have around 300 million scent receptors in the nose (humans have only 5 millions), that can detect scents that are several miles away.
LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD
Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Bloodhounds.
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WEBSITES ABOUT BLOODHOUNDS
Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Bloodhound breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.
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