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Breed Notes

The modern Bloodhound originated with monks in Belgium and was brought to England in the eleventh century. The name Bloodhound is believed to mean either a dog that can follow the scent of blood from a wounded animal or a dog that is a "blue blood" amongst dogs. The first show to include Bloodhound classes was held in England in 1860 while the first tracking meet by the Association of Bloodhound Breeders of England was held in 1898.
The Bloodhound prefers the hunt rather than the kill and is known for his ability to follow a scent for long distances. He is well known for his ability to find missing persons and trail criminals. These dogs are very affectionate and friendly toward people as well as other dogs.
The Bloodhound head is equal in length from the top of the skull to the eyes and then from the eyes to the tip of the nose. The eyes that are brown and deep set. The ears are set high on the head, then fold down to hang below the level of the chin. The skin is very loose especially around the head and neck. The bite should be scissors. The coat is short and smooth with color ranging from black and tan to liver and tan to red. The tail is thick and tapered and carried above the topline of the back. While he is a large, powerfully built dog, the Bloodhound also moves gracefully with a free and elastic stride. Average height and weight of adult males is 25 to 27 inches and 90 to 110 pounds In females, average height and weight are 23 to 25 inches and 80 to 100 pounds.


Name withheld by request of Houston, TX writes:

Gentle giants.
My Bloodhounds are my babies. They are sweet, lovable, curious, and haughty. They are littermates and get along just fine. Bloodhounds can be a bit dog aggressive but other than that they are gentle giants.


janeurciolo@msn.com of Amarillo, TX writes on 1/22/00:

Slobbery wet kisses, hard headed, soft floppy ears, intense sniffers, chewing, digging, howling, lovable, huggable 120 pound pups.
I have always, along with my husband, wanted a Bloodhound. We have been waiting for years and have planned to wait a few more until we had enough land and time for one. Well, "WE" were adopted by a stray male Bloodhound puppy. I put ads in the paper, cable channels, internet, vets, and all local humane societys and animal shelters. No one claimed this magnificant beast and he was not wearing a collar, so into our lives he came. He has made us smile on several occasions, we laugh at his silly facial expressions and the way he snores at night. We run, duck and cover when he sends slobber rocket into orbit, and we frown at him when he howls because he DOES NOT like to be alone! We are constantly taking objects out of his mouth and replacing them with his toys and making sure he is not terrorizing our 14 year old cat. He is very much a pleasure, but very much a handful. This is a wonderful breed, but from my short experience with him, they are not for everyone. They require around the clock love and attention and if they do not get it they let the whole neighborhood know by their many melodious tones that come from the great floppy jowls of theirs. They need lots of exercise and need to be leash walked due to their intense sniffers that can lead them away from your house in a heartbeat. They should be collared, tagged, and microchipped to prevent being lost such as our lovable dog.


heartnsoul7299@hotmail.com of Martha's Vineyard, MA writes on 10/11/99:

My on going love for this gentle,stubborn working dog, who is a giant in size as well as in heart.
My love for Bloodhounds started over 15 years ago. I had been diagnosed with cancer and decided if I lived I would give something back to the community. So I got my first Bloodhound and started to train them to find people. I worked for 10 years as a private non-paid citizen for various police officers. Then I became a police officer. My Bloodhounds have always been memebers of the family first, who just happen to work for the departments as well. They are the most complex of dogs. At home they can be shy, gentle, but stubborn and possessive. And yes, they do slobber unmercifally. But when that dog is out on a trail, searching for whomever you asked them to find, they will give you 120%. They do not like to stop until that person is found. They do not care about why you are looking for them, or whether they're rich or poor, or whatever color the person is. They just want to find them. Whenever we have found someone who is deceased, the dogs have come home and moped around for a week or two. This breed is a gentle giant who is a working handler's dream, and my children's love of their lives.


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