Breed of the Week: Bloodhound
Standing at 24 – 26 inches in height, Bloodhounds average 100lbs in weight and are known for their loose skin and wrinkles. Grooming is moderate- mostly due to their ears wrinkles, though they are not heavy shedding dogs. Overall a Bloodhound should look thick and well-proportioned with long ears and large feet. Black and tan, liver and tan, or solid red are the only acceptable coat colors for this breed.
Bloodhounds are generally considered friendly, though they commonly have a shy streak. While many people imagine them to be calm and laid back, the Bloodhound is designed to trail and are fairly active dogs who are often unaware of their size. Gentle with people and animals, these dogs do well as companions but require a lot of space and do best in rural environments.
Bloat and gastric torsion are common in this breed, so slow and calm eating is a must. Bloodhounds also are prone to eye and ear concerns and require regular cleaning and maintenance.
• The first recorded use of a bloodhound by law enforcement was in England in 1805. They have been a popular scenting breed ever since.
• The term “Bloodhound” refers not to what the Bloodhound trails, but instead refers to its status as the “blooded hound,” meaning aristocratic. In fact, the Bloodhound is one of the oldest European breeds with recorded breeding pedigrees.
• The large ears and excess skin of the Bloodhound help trap scent molecules close to their super sensitive nose. In fact, many dogs have enough excess skin to cover their eyes are ears when nosing the ground to really accentuate their sense of smell.