The Bloodhound Dog Breed is an ancient dog breed that’s history started on the European continent. Traces of the Bloodhound can be dated all the way back to the Middle Ages. For those who don’t know the Middle Ages was the period between the 5th and 15th centuries. Getting closer to the modern day Bloodhound ancestors were originally bred in Saint Hubert, Belgium.
As you can imagine the Bloodhound has one keen sniffer. This is true with all scent hounds and this is why they were bred as hunting dogs. They would go out and help track animals by finding their cold scent. The primary animals that the Bloodhound would help track down included deer and wild boar. This was definitely one of the floppiest, droopiest hunting dogs around.
Is the Bloodhound for you?
The Bloodhound is known to be a relatively friendly dog breed. This breed is known to be great for a laid back house life. We don’t recommend them if you are living in a tight small apartment. The Bloodhound is a breed that needs to stretch his legs out and visit the great outdoors. They are a very friendly dog breed that will want to spend a lot of time with you.
Sometimes it may seem like they don’t want to spend a lot of time with you especially when they’re in the outdoors. As with most scent hounds they tend to get very distracted by their nose. They may take off whenever they catch a smell that interests them. This makes them one of the breeds that is the most free spirited. Allowing them some space in a fenced yard and taking them to other places where they can roam around freely is helpful in training this breed.
Bloodhound’s are intelligent and do like to learn new commands. They will be able to comprehend what you teach them relatively well. The biggest difficulty with them is getting them to focus and not being distracted by their nose. If you get them past this stubbornness they will be a very fun breed to train.
This is a breed that is it important in socializing them with other animals. They can be somewhat timid or shy when confronted with people that they don’t know. Also on occasion if you don’t train them properly they may be aggressive around dogs of the same sex. That is why we stress that you teach them how to coexist with other animals, dogs, and people early in their lives. This way they have experience before being thrown into an uncomfortable situation with another dog.
The Bloodhound does shed moderately during shedding season. This will typically take place during the Spring time when they are getting rid of their warmer Winter coats. So expect to have to groom and maintain your Bloodhound’s coat somewhat. Also, don’t be surprised if you find a hairy floor or couch at times.
Based on these characteristics the Bloodhound received a score of 7 out of 10 on our Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker.
The Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker takes into account several characteristics of each breed. Items considered are:
- Willingness to be Trained
- How Comfortable they are around People
- Ability to live in a Household Environment.
Bloodhound - Physical Characteristics
The Bloodhound is heavier than a lot of the scent hounds that you may be familiar with. The Beagle is a smaller sized dog and the Basset Hound is medium sized when looking at their weight. In comparison the Bloodhound is considered a heavier dog that will weigh anywhere between 80 and 110 pounds when at full size. This isn’t as heavy as a breed like the Great Dane but it is quite heavy.
As for the Bloodhounds’ height they will fall within the range of 23 and 27 inches. This is when the measurement is taken at the shoulder and they are standing on all fours.
The Bloodhound is probably best suited for someone with an active lifestyle but also likes to have some downtime as well. Making sure that your Bloodhound is socialized and gets the proper amount of activity time is important. Activity time should consist of giving them the opportunity to smell around.