Bloodhound Breed

General Information

Dog Name: Bloodhound

Dog breed Group: Hound dogs

Size Category: Large dog breeds

Height: Ranges from one foot, eleven inches to two feet, three inches (measured from the shoulder).

Weight: Ranges from 80 to 110 pounds.

Lifespan: Ranges from 11 to 15 years.

Brief History

The Bloodhound is an ancient dog breed that can be traced back to the third century, most likely to the Mediterranean. The Bloodhound came to England with William the Conquerer in 1066, where hunters quickly discovered the breed’s incredible sense of smell. For many years the Bloodhound was put to work following the scent of wounded deer and wolves, until hunters became more interested in tracking speedy animals such as foxes. The bumbling Bloodhound was replaced by the swift Foxhound, and instead went on to track thieves and poachers. The breed was highly sought-after; Queen Victoria owned a pet Bloodhound, and Benjamin Franklin also expressed interest in the breed. Nowadays the breed is rather uncommon, and mostly finds work in search and rescue.

Dog Breed Characteristics

A. Protection Ability

The Bloodhound has many talents, but protection is not one of them. It’s possible to train them to be passable watch dogs, but they’re not nearly aggressive enough to be guard dogs.

B. Ease of Training

This breed can be trained quite easily. By nature they are curious, and so crate training is recommended for owners who want to keep their Bloodhound out of their personal belongings when left alone.

C. Playfulness

Bloodhounds can vary widely, but generally speaking they are docile and affectionate. They will play with their owners, but they are not terribly energetic and certainly won’t be bouncing off the walls.

D. Exercise needs

Bloodhounds can walk for miles, and also enjoy tracking activities. Owners should take extra care to notice their dog’s signs of fatigues, as it’s important to not exhaust this breed.

E. Adaptability

Bloodhounds are very sensitive and will be best-suited to experienced dog owners. They need a large fenced garden to roam about in, and they do not enjoy being left alone for long periods of time.

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