Described as a “unique looking dog in a baggy suit,” the Bloodhound is one of the oldest breeds of dogs that hunt by scent. Although affectionate, they can possess shy natures, sensitive to kindness or correction by their master. Colors of the Bloodhound include black and tan, liver and tan, and red, sometimes flecked with white. The actual term “Bloodhound” refers not to what the Bloodhound trails but instead refers to its status as the “blooded hound,” meaning aristocratic, since such great lengths were taken early on to keep the strain clean.
The Bloodhound made its appearance in Europe long before the Crusades when the first specimens were brought from Constantinople in two strains, black and white. Established in America for over a century, it proved early on to be a tireless worker for law enforcement, being so accurate that evidence trailed by a Bloodhound has been accepted in a court of law.
It also seems that from the earliest times the Bloodhound was used to track people. There are stories written in Medieval Scotland of Robert the Bruce, and William Wallace being followed by ‘sleuth hounds’. Whether true or not, these stories show that the sleuth-hound was already known as a man-trailer, and it later becomes clear that the sleuth-hound and the Bloodhound were the same animals.
While Bloodhounds are extremely affectionate, they are take-charge dogs, so it is important to be kind, but be the undisputed boss in your household. Bloodhounds should be groomed weekly to eliminate dead hair and facilitate a routine that will help them look, feel, and smell better.
- Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
- Ranging in size from 23 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder.
- Scent tracker.
- Apartment is ok.
- Low activity indoors.
- Moderate daily exercise.
- Easy care.
- Use hound glove regularly.
- Infrequent bathing.
- Keep ears clean.
- Average shedding.