Bloodhound

Bloodhound_800Bloodhound History:

The Bloodhound’s likely origins are in France, which is the home of many modern hounds. According to legend, the monks at the Saint-Hubert Monastery in Belgium were the first to breed the St. Hubert. It was only in the 19th century that it was claimed primarily by Le Couteulx to be the St. Hubert itself. The AKC officially recognized the Bloodhound in 1885.

Appearance:

Bloodhound’s coat is short and dense. The possible colors are black and tan, liver and tan, or red. They have unusually large skeletal structure, whereas the bones are concentrated with most of their weight, which are very thick for their length. Their weight is about 88-119 lbs. and height 23-28 inches.

Temperament:

Bloodhounds are even-tempered, stubborn and affectionate. They are also gentle but are tireless when following a scent. It can be willful, difficult to train and handle on the leash because of its strong tracking ability. However, they are affectionate with humans, making them an excellent friend. It is not usually harmful to humans since they are docile and well mannered. But still, they require supervision when they’re around small children. They are droolers and have a tendency to snore and howl. The Bloodhound is such a sure tracker that the breed is used worldwide for rescue and criminal searches.

Health:

The lifespan of the Bloodhound is 7 to 10 years. Some major health problems the Bloodhound is susceptible to include skin-fold dermatitis, ectropion, otitis externa, gastric torsion, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), and elbow dysplasia. The Bloodhound also suffers occasionally from hypothyroidism. Bloat is both the most common illness and the leading cause of death of Bloodhounds so owners should be especially aware of it. It should be exercised regularly because it does not stop once it’s on the trail. It’s smooth, shorthaired coat is easy to groom. It should be bathed only when necessary. Its ears should be cleaned regularly.