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Bloodhound is a massive and powerful dog with an equally kind and noble temperament. These dogs are affectionate and good natured. Hence, they get along quite well with kids and tolerate their rough handling patiently without showing any signs of aggression.

Originating in Belgium, the Bloodhound breed is one of the oldest hound breeds. In earlier times, these dogs were used for hunting, deer, wild boar and other such animals.

In the present scenario, their excellent scent hound skills are being used for purposes like tracking missing persons, animals, and even escaped prisoners. This breed of dogs is also known by other names like St. Hubert Hound, Chien de Saint-Hubert and Flemish Hound.

Physical Appearance

Bloodhound dog breed is characterized by a large size and powerful build accompanied by a soulful expression on the face. The wrinkled skin around the head and neck tends to hang loosely in deep fold. The eyes are deeply sunk and diamond-shaped.

Eye color varies from deep hazel to yellow depending on the color of the hair coat. The low set ears are extremely long and drooping. They are generally thin and soft. These dogs tend to grow rapidly.

Color: Bloodhound breed dogs usually come in colors like red, black and tan, and liver and tan.
Height: These dogs generally grow to about 25 to 27 inches in height. The average height of female Bloodhounds is 23 to 25 inches.
Weight: The ideal weight of a healthy bloodhound ranges between 90 to 110 pounds. Bitches, on the other hand, usually weigh about 80 to 100 pounds.

Health Problems

Bloodhounds are prone to a number of health problems such as Stomach Cramps, Bloating, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Entropion, Hypothyroidism and other related health issues. Allergies, Ear Infections, Skin Fold Dermatitis and other skin related problems are also common in this breed of dogs..

Life Expectancy: These affectionate dogs tend to have a short lifespan of about 10 to 12 years.


Grooming Requirements

The smooth and short closely fitted hair coat of a Bloodhound is easy to groom with minimal grooming requirements. Occasional brushing of the hair coat should be sufficient to keep it in perfect condition.

Preferably, use a hound glove to gently rub over the hair coat so as to remove loose hair. They are considered moderate to high shedders.

Bathe your Bloodhound only when necessary in order to retain the naturals present on the skin. Although, you can dry shampoo the dog on a regular basis to get rid of the dog’s distinct doggy odor.

In addition, clean the skin folds regularly to avoid issue like dry and itchy skin. Plus, the dog’s long and droopy ears should also be cleaned properly from time to time in order to avoid irritating ear infections.


Bloodhound breed dogs are gentle, friendly, fun loving, mild mannered, intelligent, tolerant, determined and inquisitive in temperament. However, they can be stubborn at times and hence difficult to train.

They tend to get along well with children and other pets in the house. These highly devoted dogs crave human companionship and attention. They are always eager to please their owners.

Another favorite pastime of Bloodhound dogs is to meticulously follow interesting scents. Therefore, special care should be taken to avoid and keep a check on their precarious scent excursions. The breed is characterized by good watchdog abilities. But, the same cannot be said about their guard dog abilities.

Key Points

The name Bloodhound has been derived from the term “blooded hound”, that is, a hound resulting from pure breeding. These dogs are highly active and energetic. Hence, they should be provided with sufficient means for physical activity, especially in apartment situation.

They are relatively inactive indoors and require plenty of space for play in at least an average sized yard. When going for a Bloodhound as your pet, be prepared for issues like drooling, snoring and howling.





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