Bloodhounds are leader of the pets but extremely affectionate and caring. Generally calm at home, tireless trailer at outfield, tough and independent, rarely stubborn, yet loyal to its family gentle to children and other pets including dogs and cats. Simply straight forward, this dog is relatively less playful but not graded as lazy dog. Liveliness and activities of this breed lies at fields. It is a warm companion, sociable but needs to be housetrained. Natural dominating offers resistance in training, training period of dog is rightly a test to the patience of owner. The breed is aloof of strangers.
Heavy build dog, the Bloodhound are large or giant sized dogs with variety and versatility, exceptional smelling sense placed them in steadfast tracker and trailer with enhanced endurances rather speed. Its thin skin is loose on body to form wrinkles on face. Long ears hang down, may drag along the ground when dog conducts sniffer search. Although thin and short but dense coat is natural protection against climatic and environmental factors that affecting its job. It simply ignores the strangers but can develop friendship quickly when introduced by master. Neither curious, nor inquisitive these dogs are not suited for watchdog responsibilities; however their great size acts as deterrence. The gait is free with flexibility of reach and drive, tail held high or curled on back. The overall expression is steady, calm and noble with dignity and elegance. This dog needs to be groomed well. Usually brushing twice or thrice a week is appreciated. The dog is generally available in black and tan with mix of red rarely flecked with white.
The Bloodhound is the oldest breed of scent-hounds, sensitive to mood of the owner, they understand good and bad habits, thrive when behaved affectionately. The first appearance of this giant dog in Europe dated in 8th century before the Crusades; the two specimens were brought separately as black and White. The breed is known to USA since mid of 1800s where they gained reputation as secondary trailers. Bloodhounds were crossed with scent-hounds which resulted excellent scent tracker. Extension in applications considered include searching lost personnel, escaped criminals, sometimes search and rescue of trapped personnel. At this time, the evidences produced by Bloodhounds by tracking scent were accepted in court of law. Bloodhound breed known by all yet not popular as pet, however a competitive show dog and working trailer dog. This breed got detective applications in Military and Police departments.
Larger dogs would need larger arrangements of accessories and services to them, be prepare to invest more in money This hunting hound is characterized by strength and stamina with compromise on speed, they have endurance to stay active at hunt for day long continuously and tirelessly. This ability demands extended exercise practice, a great deal of walk, run and other activities would be the source of satisfaction and stimulation for this breed. One should not expect more obedience and owner-follower, this breed is self-sufficient and usually thinks of its own.
Be ready for compromise over time and tidiness, as the dog drools heavily. Further wrinkles on face would be at danger of infections if not cleaned regularly. Coat grooming is simple and minimal, occasional brushing, washing or bathing are good hygienic treatments. The breed can afford outdoor work in warm climates efficiently, however needs warm clothing and bedding during winter, ensure the Bloodhound are kept indoors
The Bloodhound is quiet, calm, patient, noble, mild, lovable, gentle and sociable dog. They get along exemplarily well not only with children but with other dogs and cats at home. Boisterous, dominant, determined and independent are its traits which contribute to its hard trainability. Further, the dog is non-responsive to harsh training. Handler should be well experienced, committed, and patient. Start socialization during puppyhood besides introduce the dog with all possible animals.
Owner Should Know
Trainability of Bloodhounds is challenging, new owner would be in a fix, the breed needs a strong and dominating owner.
The dog gets maturity and puberty between 1 to 2 years.
May not be said lazy, but they adopt some slow temperaments with increase in age.
Energetic breed needs above average exercises, failing to which they would behave destructively and would be able to handle
They greet strangers with no investigations, thus not advised as watchdog.
Bloodhounds drool heavily.
The breed is worldwide used as Military, Police, anti-narcotic organizations and search and rescue operations.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders to get healthy puppy, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.