Dog Breeds 101: Bloodhound

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Hounds with an extraordinary ability to smell have been around for over 5,000 years, but the Bloodhound we know today was bred about 1,400 years ago by a French monk, Hubert. These dogs were excellent hunters and became known as St. Hubert’s Hounds, (some people still call them that today). [1]

The Bloodhound is a large breed of dog that is known for its impressive ability to track scents. In particular, this breed is best recognized for tracking humans across long distances, even across water. In fact, they appear to be tireless when they are following a scent.

This skill has been useful to police and detective operations. In fact, Bloodhounds are widely used by numerous law enforcement and police agencies to find lost children, pets, criminals, missing people, and runaway prisoners.

Bloodhounds are accepted in only four colors: red, tan, liver, and black. This powerful breed is also noted for its very strong back. These dogs have black noses, droopy eyes and loose skin that folds around its neck and face. [2]

Despite their size, Bloodhounds are known to be gentle dogs. In fact, they make excellent pets because of their affectionate nature. These dogs make wonderful companions and get along well with children. Bloodhounds are lovable, kind and patient, but owners should warn their children to be careful not to inflict pain on these dogs. They can take abuse very seriously and may never forget it.

Bloodhounds can thrive in an apartment if they are given adequate daily exercise. These dogs are usually very calm indoors and can get lazy if the owners do not instigate exercise. For sanitation purposes, Bloodhounds should be groomed regularly. Regular cleaning of their mouth, ears and eyes is also advised. [3]

Although these dogs may be kind and gentle, they tend to be difficult to train. In the first stages of training, they can be playful, stubborn, independent and tough. This is why owners must be firm, and should have plenty of patience. Furthermore, as soon as this dogs picks up on an interesting smell, it can be very hard to regain their attention.

The Bloodhound has an average lifespan of 9 – 11 years.


[1] Tammy Gagne, Bloodhounds (Capstone, 2009).

[2] Stuart A. Kallen, Bloodhounds (ABDO, 2010).

[3] Kim Campbell Thornton, Bloodhounds (Barron’s Educational Series, 1998).

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