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Gentle, affectionate and determined

About the Bloodhound

The Bloodhound is probably the first dog someone immediately thinks of when tracking dogs are mentioned. These dogs are famous for their droopy faces, long ears and impressive noses. Add to that their presence in film and television, and the Bloodhound is a star, though they seem unaffected by their fame.

They are gentle, affectionate dogs, and their even temperament makes them a treat to be around – though they are remarkably driven and tenacious dogs when it comes to following a scent. While they’ll follow their prey for hours, they’re more likely to slobber all over the object of their hunt instead of attacking.

Most Bloodhounds are kind and tolerant with children and other dogs, even being able to get along with cats. They can be great companions if your family doesn’t mind a little drooling and a lot of exercise.


Bloodhound Breed Characteristics

58 to 68 cm at the shoulder

80 to 110 pounds

Life Expectancy
11 to 14 years

Coat Colours
Black, tan, red, liver

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Bloodhound, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Bloodhound Breed History

Evidence suggests that dogs like the Bloodhound were used as far back as the 3rd century in the Mediterranean. The Greeks valued the dog’s ability to track down prey using scent, making it the oldest scenthound in existence. The Bloodhound’s ancestors were then spread throughout the rest of Europe, eventually developing into the Bloodhound we know today.

There is a common misconception that the name ‘Bloodhound’ is in reference to their ability to track down a trail of blood. Their name actually comes from the term ‘blooded hound’, as they were originally an aristocratic breed kept mainly by noblemen and monks.

These dogs were prized gifts and companions for nobles throughout most of the Middle Ages. It’s said that William the Conqueror took them to England when he invaded in 1066. Shakespeare describes a Bloodhound in his play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Today, the Bloodhound is a valued member of many police forces and search-and-rescue teams.

Caring For a Bloodhound

How to Choose a Responsible Bloodhound Breeder

It’s best to buy your Bloodhound puppy from responsible breeders who know the genetic profile of their breeding animals. They will have the knowledge and expertise to care for and raise well-behaved, well-tempered and healthy puppies who will go on to be excellent pets. Responsible, ethical breeders will also have the necessary health checks done for their dogs.

When you are looking for a Bloodhound puppy to buy, ask the breeder whether they are part of a breeding organisation and what standards they follow for the care and raising of their animals. Also try to visit their premises so that you can verify that their accommodations for their animals are clean and safe.

Bloodhound FAQ

No. Bloodhounds are calm and gentle, but they need companionship throughout the day.

No, Bloodhounds aren’t aggressive toward anyone. They don’t tend to be territorial or possessive, though they may knock people if they get overly excited.

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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