The Bloodhound is a Belgian breed. They were grown for centuries by monks in the monastery "Saint Hubert" in Belgium. In the 18th century these dogs were favorites of the French aristocracy. The Bloodhounds are excellent trackers, along with other greyhounds, like English Foxhound, American Foxhound, Coonhound, Swiss Jurassic dog, Bavarian Mountain Dog and others.
The Bloodhound is relatively large dog. The height is between 60 and 70 cm and weigh - between 32 and 47 kg. He is confident and graceful. His coat is short and thick and can be deep red, red-beige or black and beige. Despite his sad looking expression, the Bloodhound is very energetic and joyful dog.
Character and behavior
This hound is very kind, courageous, responsive and loving dog. He is curious by nature and always follows his instinct, which could give him troubles, but also makes him an excellent police dog.
He is very sensitive and sociable creature. Representatives of the breed are strongly attached to their owners and love to be caressed.
If you are looking for puppies for sale, you should know that the Bloodhound is a perfect watchdog due to his good defensive reflexes.
Training and education
Some dogs of this breed are very stubborn so they are suitable for people with experience in growing dogs. When bored Bloodhounds bark loudly and are very reticent about food and toys. They need a lot of space to perform physical exercises.
This dog is attached to his master, he succumbed quickly to training, but does not like cruel and forceful methods of compulsion. He was used as a hunting hound to detect big prey by the bloody trail. Extremely energetic, the Bloodhound is consistent and careful.
Compared to other breeds, the Bloodhound have unusually large incidence of digestive diseases, most often - torsion of the stomach. Furthermore, they have skin, eye or ear problems, which are some of the symptoms for internal issues. Owners of Bloodhound should monitor the torsion of the stomach, which is the most common cause of death. The thick fur is the reason for fast overheat, which is one of the causes of the disease.
In 2004 the British Kennel Club did a research, which showed that the average life span of the Bloodhound is 6.75 years, making him one of the dogs with the shortest lives. Gastric torsion kills 34% of dogs, making it the most common cause of death for Bloodhound. On second position is the cancer - 27%, same percentage as with other breeds, but these dogs died unusually young (8 years old).
Grooming and care
You can raise a Bloodhound in an apartment, but he needs a lot of movement and regular walks. The hair of these dogs has an average level of moulting, during some seasons it fall more often. The Bloodhound have low maintenance requirements of the coat. It must be brushed from time to time to remove dead hair and keep it clean. Frequent cleaning of the ears is also necessary in order to prevent possible infections.
Children and other pets
The Bloodhound gets along well with other pets, but can become aggressive near dogs of the same sex. This sensitive and responsive animal is kind to children, especially when was raised with them. You should take into consideration that this is a big and sometimes sloppy dog, who can unwillingly hurt small kids.
According to the legend, in 8th century St. Hubert himself started to raise these dogs for hunting.
In the 19th century Bloodhounds were often painted by artists such as Edwin Landseer and Brighton Riviere. Judging by their paintings, there are no significant differences in the Bloodhound looks then and now.
This dog can sense any smell, even one that is left 100 hours ago.