|Country of origin:||Belgium|
|Registries:||AKC, UKC, CKC|
|Size:||23 to 27 in tall; 90 to
|Longevity:||9 to 11 years
Bloodhounds are known for their scenttrailing abilities, made possible by their vast nasal membrane. Indeed, the surface area of this membrane is greater than the surface area of all their skin. Droopy, moist lips help to trap scent particles, while the pendulous ears stir up dust. These affectionate, sensitive dogs are natural trackers, preferring the chase to the kill, and use their sonorous voices freely.
The bloodhound traces far back into our history. There were drawings and pieces of writing found describing their physical attributes and likeness as far back as the 14th century. Even in the 16th century, they were described by a man named John Caius.
There were accounts of the Bloodhound even in medieval times and middle ages. They were trackers and hunters during these times. They even resorted to being aids to law enforcement, with the first account in 1805. The breeds leading up to the Bloodhound and their ancestors were brought by William the Conqueror.
Despite having an ideal of them prior to the Crusades, their first real appearance was in the late 1800s. The breed did very well after their importation in the 19th century. Their development excelled in America. Bloodhounds started being bred by the dozens and then AKC accepted them in 1885. Three years later in 1888, they were brought to a Westminster KC show and from there, their breed gained much popularity.
Now they serve as law enforcement dogs and companions. Their noses are trusted so much that evidence they have trailed generally upholds in the court. They also make many appearances in pop culture and the TV shows that we know today.
Bloodhounds serve their purpose with the ability to never get tired or run out of energy. They just keep going and going. Although they are powerful, they are also very friendly and gentle. They can make great family pets with supervision of course. They are typically very independent as well. Independence is important when it comes to training and following scent trails on their own. They can stay focused but be inquisitive at the same time.
Bloodhounds are only accepted with three colors. These three colors are liver, red, or a variation of black and tan. Most commonly, they are red or a shade of it. Before the 17th century, all colors were accepted. Now it is narrowed down to just three colors.
They are known for their uniquely loose-hanging skin. Their thin skin forms in folds and wrinkles all around their neck and face. Their droopy ears also hang very low to the ground.
As far as their size goes, they are on the larger side. They can weigh anywhere from 80 to 160 lbs. They stand at 23 to 27 inches tall. Their legs are quite powerful and are made like that so they can follow their nose for miles. Since they do not run out of energy, they need sturdiness to match up with it so they can keep going but also be fit for rough terrain and whatnot.
Just as any scent hound that will follow anything they smell, it is recommended to keep them on a leash when taking walks. If not, they could jet off into another direction for any aroma that catches their attention.
Besides containment, they will need a lot of exercise. You will want to make sure whatever activity you train them in, that it is developmentally appropriate to their age group, and that you do so where it won’t be too hard on their joints. Soft surfaces are strongly recommended.
They are great with children and other dogs but supervision is recommended, just as with any other dog. Their concept of themselves is slightly off, so they don’t know their strength with smaller children or dogs.
Bloodhounds can vary between two different lengths of coat. Although they never have a long coat, it can be medium or short. With shorter coats, they only need a weekly brush. However, the slightly longer coats may need a brush every day to remove loose hair.
Their loose folds and drooping ears will need to checked regularly since they can collect dirt and other debris.
Due to the fact that bloat is a leading cause of death in Bloodhounds, it is recommended to control certain aspects of their eating habits. Try to feed on a consistent schedule and ensure your Bloodhound does not eat its food too quickly. Instead of giving bigger servings, try feed them smaller meals more frequently over the course of the day. You can even wet their kibble to soften it. Keep an eye on them after they’ve eaten and don’t let them do anything too strenuous while their meal is digesting.
As mentioned above, bloat is a sometimes fatal health problem Bloodhounds will encounter. Tortion can also occur and precautions should be taken to avoid both. They can endure any of the typical dog health issues but these are the main ones. Their lifespan is typically 10 to 12 years, which is good considering the health problems they can obtain.