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Being a direct descendant of the St Huber Hound, the Bloodhound was developed in the Middle Ages and introduced to England by William the Conqueror.  Having a history extending back to the 7th Century AD in France, "Blood," in the breed name "bloodhound," probably comes from "blooded" - meaning a hound of pure breeding. Many strains, including hounds brought back to Europe by the Crusaders from the Holy Land, have blended to produce today's gentle giants and it was not until the 16th century that the Bloodhound was used to track humans which enjoyed a steady increase in modern day law enforcement and search and rescue. They have not only been able to find their quarry successfully, but also pursue people who are travelling in vehicles, as well as locating bodies in water.


This somewhat strong-willed breed is affectionate around familiar people but can be reserved and sensitive with strangers.  When outdoors they are outgoing, happy and energetic and can take somewhat longer than some breeds to formally train. If compared with other breeds the incredibly sensitive Bloodhound can be stubborn, willful, very disobedient and you cannot discipline a bloodhound like you can an average dog, they need firm, fair, and most importantly, consistent but, also gentle handling. Possessing a rather strong pack instinct, they can suffer emotionally if left alone or locked away for hours at a time.  They are not for all; due to generous flews they can fling saliva 20 feet with one shake of their head. Friendly and usually good with children, care must be taken with young ones as they could knock a toddler over with one wag of their mighty tail.



Height:   58-69cm  (23-27in)

Weight: 36-50kg  (80-110lb)

The powerful looking, muscular and strongly built breed is a large dog with a noble head and deep sunken medium-sized eyes with skin which may pull the lower eyelids down giving that “morning after” look. This dog’s short coat comes in the colours of black and tan, liver and tan and red, with the darker colors sometimes interspersed with lighter or badger colored hair and sometimes flecked with white.



Basically a “wash and wear” type of dog, their coat requiries a wipe over with a glove once a week and a good wash when it begins to smell.  They need to have their face folds checked and wiped daily, ears and eyes checked and wiped weekly and it is recommend keeping a hand towel ready to wipe the drool they tend to share with everyone. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your Bloodhound, your local  dog grooming salon provides these services.


Life Expectancy

8-10 Years


Health Concerns

Health problems most common with this breed are Entropian or Ectropian, of the eyes, eyelid however this is able to be rectified with surgery.  Also hip and elbow Dysplasia which is a potentially crippling disease and because of their physical shape these dogs are extremely prone to Gastric Torsion or Bloat as it is more commonly called.



This highly active breed requires a well-fenced backyard in which to run and some say that these dogs are often too large even for suburban blocks, however, with an afternoon's playing with kids or a daily walk they could be happy enough. The Bloodhound is an ideal pet for active people who love the outdoors and are willing to take the dog with them and are good with kids older than 10 but not a dog recommended for the elderly.  They need to be given the time to roam, sniff and exercise to keep them in good shape. They should never be let off the leash as they can put their head down and start tracking a scent. Basic obedience training is recommended from an early age.

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