Bloodhound Dog Breed Information

Bloodhound Quick Facts
Breed Group: Hound
Origen: Belgium / France or England/Scotland
Nickname: Chien de Saint-Hubert, St. Hubert Hound, Sleuth hound
Weight: 80-100 lbs
Height: 23-27 inches
Color(s): Black and tan, liver and tan, and red

Bloodhound Appearance

The Bloodhound is a big dog, with a noble expression. He is built for endurance rather than speed. He is very powerful, muscular and stands over more ground than usual with hounds of other breeds. The Bloodhound head is long and narrow in proportion to his length, and long in proportion his body. The Bloodhound has deep-set diamond shape eyes and a long muzzle. The ears are thin, soft, drooping and extremely long. The skin is thin and loose, falling in wrinkles around his head and throat; this could aids to trap odors and stir up scents around the face for hunting purposes. The tail is carried high with a slight curve above the top line of the back. The Bloodhound has a short and harsh coat. The most common colors are black and tan, liver and tan, and red. The weight of the Bloodhound is around 80-110 pounds and the height is around 23-27 inches.

Bloodhound Temperament

Despite his scary name, the Bloodhound is extremely affectionate; dedicated and loyal breed with a docile temperament that makes him non-threatening to the human and excellent family pet. The Bloodhound becomes devoted to its master and gets along well with people. They are truly a good natured companion, extremely good with children and could live in harmony with other dogs and household pets. Some are reserved with strangers and will bark to announce visitors.

Is Bloodhound the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Bloodhound will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard. They tend to drool a lot and are not the perfect breed for people obsessed with cleanliness. They have an incredible level of stamina and can easily walk for hours. The Bloodhound can live outside in temperate climates but will do best if their time is dividing between indoors and outdoors to spend some time with its family.

The Bloodhound is the hardest to train of all dog breeds. He learns new commands slower than all other breeds. Because of its strong tracking instinct, it can be willful and somewhat difficult to obedience train. Early socialization and training is required to prevent them from becoming timid.

Bloodhound Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Bloodhound is around 7-10 years.

Bloodhound Health problems

The Bloodhound is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are bloat (gastric torsion), skin fold dermatitis, CHD (Canine hip dysplasia) and elbow displasia. They can also be prone to hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, ear infections and drooping eye lids.

Bloodhound Care and Grooming

The Bloodhound should be groomed weekly to eliminate dead hair and keep him looking good. You can simply brush his coat occasionally to keep his coat in good condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. The ears and facial wrinkles need a regular cleaning for good health. Bloodhounds have a distinctive dog-type odor. To avoid gastric torsion, this breed should be feed two or three small meals a day instead of one large one.

Bloodhound Shedding

The Bloodhound is an average shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.