Size: Massive Height: 58 - 66 cm (23 - 26 inches) Weight: 36 - 41 kg (80 - 90 lb) Life Span: 12 years Grooming: Easy but extensive Exercise: Considerable Feeding: Demanding Temperament: Gentle, but requires understanding Country of Origin: Belgium AKC Group: Hound Other Names: St. Hubert Hound, Chien St. Hubert
Temperament: The Bloodhound is lovable, kind, patient and good-natured. Bloodhounds are usually affectionate, but can be sensitive and reserved. They are very gentle dogs and are eager to please their owners. Harsh training is unsuitable with Bloodhounds, due to their sensitive nature and it is best to use gentle persuasive training. Some of these dogs will happily accept visitors and unwanted strangers, while others will be quite protective over who enters their home. Bloodhounds enjoy interacting with children, but it is important that they are not pestered or hurt as Bloodhounds will sit there and take it, which unfair on dog.
Grooming: Little grooming is required with Bloodhounds and brushing from time to time is adequate. It is important to check ears for dirt to prevent infections and it may be necessary to wash them if they get dropped in food bowl, for example.
Exercise: Bloodhounds have great stamina and can walk for hours on end, so regular exercise is a must. They are tracking dogs, so when they find an interesting scent they will want to follow it, therefore, they should be on a lead when being walked and kept in a fenced-off backyard.
Feeding: It is usually recommended that you feed bloodhounds small meals several times a day and do not take them out for walks on a full stomach. This breed eats a lot and is very greedy.
History: Bloodhounds originated from Asian mastiff family and it's believed that this breed arrived in France with Romans. In 8th century, monk St. Hubert established an excellent pack and for many centuries, Bloodhounds were known as St. Hubert Hounds. About 4 centuries later, it is presumed that they were taken to Britain. Bloodhounds have such an acute scenting ability, that no other breed can match them. They have been known to follow trails over 100 hours old. Earning title as Bloodhound, it is no wonder that they became invaluable to police for their scenting abilities. Bloodhounds are renowned for their gentleness and for showing no aggression to victim, when successful on a scent mission.