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The Bloodhound Dog, the Super Nose

What Place This Breed Holds in American History

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Is The Bloodhound Good For You?

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    Bloodhound dogs are patient, loyal, good-natured, and friendly to other pets and children, making them a family pet.

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    From a young age, Bloodhound puppies have the stamina to walk for hours and require an active lifestyle.

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    Bloodhounds have a tendency to snore, howl, and drool more than other dogs.

HISTORY

Thought to be one of the oldest hound breeds, there are records of Bloodhounds, or similar types of hounds, in the Mediterranean as early as the third century A.D., but these didn’t become the hound we know of today until the the 8th century in Belgium. Also known as the Flemish Hound and the St. Hubert’s Hound, the Bloodhound has played an integral part in human history for their uncanny ability as trackers, offering their assistance to police and military forces for thousands of years.

quick facts

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    Size

    Extra Large

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    Lifespan

    10 - 12 years

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    Hair Length

    Short

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    Male Height

    25-27 inches (63-69cm)

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    Male Weight

    90-110 pounds (41-50kg)

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    Female Height

    23-25 inches (58-63cm)

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    Female Weight

    80-100 pounds (36-45kg)

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    Litter Size

    Usually 8 - 10, though some have had up to 15

APPEARANCE

Bloodhounds are quite large, easily the largest of the hound family. They have a very strong back and a large head, with droopy ears and cheeks. The folds around their muzzle aid them in picking up smells by trapping scent particles. On average, Bloodhounds weigh around 90 - 110 pounds and are roughly 27 inches tall.

PERSONALITY

The Bloodhound is a noble breed, very loyal, and quite possibly the most laid back dog ever. They are exceptionally gentle with kids, so much so that you might need to make sure that the children aren’t getting too rough with them, since the Bloodhound will just sit there and take it. They may be calm, almost to a fault, but that does not make them obedient. Their lackadaisical demeanor can have backlashes into the realm of obedience. Make sure you are firm with them if you hope to socialize them at all. And they should never be off leash, since they will be magnetically drawn to follow whatever scent trail their mighty nose picks up on.

color

Black and tan, liver and tan, or red. The darker colors are sometimes interspersed with lighter or badger-colored hair and some times flecked or roaned with white. White may also be found on the chest, feet, and tip of stern.

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health concerns

Bloodhounds are prone to problems like:

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