Bloodhound

Bloodhound information

Bloodhounds, also referred as Saint Hubert Hound, were originally bred in Saint Hubert Abbey in Belgium. A pack of seven Bloodhounds were often offered to the kings of France. The Saint Hubert Hound was very much appreciated for its ability to hunt by scent. Hunters would keep him on the lead and when a prey would be found, a pack of hound dogs would hunt it down.

While the exact origins of the Bloodhound in England are unknown, several sources, dating back from the 14th century, claim that the bloodhound was introduced in England during the reign of William the Conqueror in the 11th century. However, there is little evidence to support this theory.

The name Bloodhound was given to the breed for its abilities to follow scent of blood. As a result, the Saint Hubert Hound was also used for tracking thieves and cross border raiders.


Bloodhound characteristics

A Bloodhound measures between 23 to 27 inches and weighs from 36 to 50 kilos. The main physical characteristic attributes of the Saint Hubert Hound are its long graceful ears and muzzle. The short-haired coat of the bloodhound is often tanned, red or black and tanned.


Bloodhound care

The ears of the bloodhound need to be inspected and cleaned regularly. Doing so, will prevent your dog from suffering from a ear infection. The eyes should be inspected and cleaned regularly to avoid infections.


Bloodhound temperament

The bloodhound is known to be a very calm dog who enjoys the company of his owners. Bloodhounds are generally good around children however, due to their large size, young children should be supervised when around them. The Saint Hubert Hound is also very welcoming of visitors and, subsequently, is not an excessive barker.

Being a pack animal, Bloodhounds can be very stubborn at times and, therefore, will require strong leadership from their owners. Bloodhound puppies would benefit from an early socialization to other pets.


Bloodhound training

The Bloodhound breed is more suited to experienced owners. Being pack animals, Bloodhounds need a strong pack leader to follow. The role of pack leader can only be fulfilled through dog training therefore it is recommended to start training your bloodhound puppy from an early age. Bloodhound are slow learners and subsequently require a gentle but firm training. Harsh training methods should be banned as it will affect the character of the dog who might lose confidence in humans and become aggressive.


Bloodhound habits

Bloodhound need to be fed with a high quality aliment to remain healthy. It is recommended to feed them twice a day to prevent bloat.


Bloodhound health

The life expectancy of Bloodhound varies between 10 to 12 years. There are a few health concerns within the breed such as:


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