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The Bloodhound is a large and strong breed that has an exceptional sense of smell. This independent-minded hunter is affectionate and protective.

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Physical Characteristics
  • Large, powerful build
  • Long, narrow head
  • Loose, wrinkled skin
  • Long, hanging ears, black nose and drooping lower eyelids
  • Strong legs and feet
  • Long tail
  • Coat: Short, hard hair comes in red, liver/tan and black/tan
  • Height: 23-27 inches
  • Weight: 80-110 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Affectionate, gentle, energetic, patient, determined, shy, sensitive, independent
  • Interaction with people: Excellent with children; wary of strangers
  • Interaction with animals: Good with other animals
  • Training: Needs firm, gentle training; can be difficult to train
  • Bark: Can be highly vocal
  • Protection: Very protective of its home, family
Medical Conditions
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • Best in rural area
  • Best to walk on leash since it tends to follow all scents
  • Take caution not to over-exercise growing puppies
  • Avoid exercise after meals
  • Easy to groom
  • Average shedder
  • Use hound glove to brush coat
  • Check and clean ears regularly
  • May have strong dog smell
Other Facts
  • Also known as the Flemish hound
  • Evidence found by a bloodhound is accepted in courts of law
  • One Kentucky bloodhound was credited for the arrest of 600 criminals
  • Known to track a scent for up to 100 miles
  • Designed for the hunt rather than the kill
Breed History
  • Native to Belgium
  • Breed is more than 1,000 years old
  • Developed by monks
  • Historically used to track criminals, runaway slaves, escaped prisoners, missing children and wild game
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the American Bloodhound Club For breed rescue opportunities, visit ABC Rescue
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