Dog breeds / Bloodhound


Other names Chien de Saint-Hubert, St. Hubert Hound, Sleuth hound
Colors black, liver, tan, or red

With its reputation for tracking, and its gentle, friendly, and non-aggressive nature, the Bloodhound has been a useful companion since the Middle Ages. This very large breed that is easily recognizable for its wrinkled appearance, its long ears, and somewhat sad, melancholy expression.

While it sometimes appears to be lethargic and is not known for speed, it is an energetic and even playful dog, somewhat shy around strangers, but very compatible with families and children. Its thick coat, which comes in a variety of tans, black, and red, is easily maintained, but may cause the animal to overheat in hot weather due to its density.

Somewhat more difficult when it comes to conventional training, it is known for its calm nature, and can be trained successfully. With its exceptional nose for scent, however, it excels in tracking, and is tireless when in pursuit. There have been documented cases where the Bloodhound will follow a trail for days on end, and they have been able to find a fugitive or lost person days after the trail has seemingly gone cold.
Although this breed is large and sturdy, it is prone to several medical conditions, the most common being bloating, which must be treated immediately. Bloodhounds may also develop ear, eye, and occasionally, skin problems.

Stats & Characteristics

Country of origin Belgium/France or England/Scotland
Height male 25-27″
Height female 23-25″
Weight male 90-110 lbs
Weight female 80-100 lbs
Popularity rank ? 48
Intelligence ?
Intelligence rank ? 74
Shedding ?
Grooming Low maintenance
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise Needs Medium
Playfulness Not very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Watchdog High
Protection ability Not very protective
Good with dogs Friendly
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Low tolerance
Life span 7 – 10 years

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