- Breed Size: Large
- Height: Female: 58-64 cm, Male: 64-69 cm
- Weight: Female: 36-45 kg, Male: 41-50 kg
- Life Expectancy: 9-11 years
- Learning Rate: Medium
- Country of Origin: Belgium, England
The Bloodhound is a gentle, noble, and docile dog, entirely deviating from his name when inside the home. But when let in the wild, the Bloodhound is a relentless tracker and has quite a flair for detective jobs. They are steadfast, intelligent, and have a body built for endurance rather than speed. Bloodhounds are great in tracking a scent, as they are one-tracked minds, meaning when they smell something, they will follow the scent at all costs.
The Bloodhound has droopy eyes, which makes it appear so because of his wrinkly face. They have a dense coat that comes in black and tan, tan and liver, and red. Their coat protects them from getting in prickly plants. With a free gait and tail held high, Bloodhounds walk in dignity. They have a friendly personality which makes them nonthreatening to humans.
This beautiful dog breed is affectionate towards their family. Many people take it for its name, but the Bloodhound is one of the most lovable and gentlest of dog breeds in reality. They love being their humans and are amicable towards kids. They are also friendly towards guests and strangers. Bloodhounds are very active dogs, and you won’t find them lazing around. It is good to keep them occupied with tasks.
It was in 1066 when the breed was first brought to England by William the Conqueror, and by the 12th century, many churches kept this breed of dogs as the church dignitaries developed an interest in hunting with the dogs. They got their name as “Bloodhound,” referring to their pure breed and noble breeding. Over time, the Bloodhound kept proving itself as the most useful of all breeds because of its remarkable smelling capability that helped pin down lost people and trace criminals.
The Bloodhounds were brought to America in the middle of the 1800s. The breed began holding many trailing records. But sadly, as the press painted a dire picture of the breed because of his name, people back then believed that the Bloodhound hunts people for their lust for blood. However, things changed with time, and in 1885, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed, and since then, there was no looking back. Today, the Bloodhound is seen serving in the police and happily enjoying the status of a lovable house pet.