This hound's lineage is mostly related to the Saint Hubert hound - an extinct dog breed used for hunting and tracking in an old monks monastery in Belgium - due to its physical and temperament similarities with this ancient breed. However, Bloodhound's origin has always been under debate as this breed apparently developed not only from the St. Hubert hound but from other races like the extinct Norman Hound.
Nevertheless, as its name can tell us, this dog's origins are considered to be 'pure', that's why it is called a 'pure blood' hound. First appearances of the current or modern Bloodhound can be traced back to the 16th century in England, where hunting illustrations and paintings placed them next to the hunters - and later on, policeman - every time.
Modern Bloodhounds are a large breed, with a hunting and criminal investigation lineage and an average weight of 100 lb. (50 kg.) and height of 25 in. (25 cm.), they are definitively not a lap dog. Other distinctive characteristics of the Bloodhound are: big hanging hears that fall down to the floor when they are tracing smells; big, well-defined wrinkles that start on the muzzle and end on their chest and lastly curved-down eyes framed by prominent forehead wrinkles. Color of this breed is mostly described as 'black and tan'.
As Bloodhounds are scent dogs - they can trace for hours practically any smell - their temperament is mostly calm and thoughtful, compared to other hunting-working breeds. However, this picture can dramatically change when they pick up a scent when their hard-working history can turn them into a smelling machine rather than an obedient dog.
Due to their size and their active duty nature, Bloodhounds need open spaces where they can trace for hours and run freely, otherwise, if they live cramped in tight spaces, they can become anxious or destructive.
As a large breed, Bloodhound life span is not its main strength. However, by being mostly a 'natural' breed - that means it hasn't suffered from too much crossbreeding - its life span increased to a decent 10 to 14 years if well cared.
Bloodhounds have a short coat to take care of, weekly brushing or bath should be enough to keep it clean. Even though they might look like a maintenance-free dog, wrinkles and ears should constantly be cleaned to avoid any dirt or remains stuck in there.
|Breed Group:||Hound (AKC:1885)|
|Life span:||10-12 years|
|Height:||Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm)|
Female: 23-25 inches (58-63 cm)
|Weight:||Male: 90-110 pounds (41-50 kg)|
Female: 80-100 pounds (36-45 kg)
|Colors:||Black & Tan|
Liver & Tan
|Litter Size:||8-10 puppies|
|Puppy Price:||Average $800 - $1200 USD|