Facts about Bloodhound Puppies
Are you unsure how to care for Bloodhound puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?
Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?
No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!
The breed, also known as the Flemish Hound and St. Hubert Hound, is one of the oldest breeds of dogs that hunt by scent. Its history can be traced back more than 1,000 years to a monastery in Belgium.
Some experts feel the Bloodhound was created by monks at St. Hubert monastery while other feel the breed is much older and was just perfected by those monks.
The Bloodhound has the best developed sense of smell and can track a scent that is days old. Originally bred to hunt large animals, it was commonly used to track escaped slaves, criminals, and missing people.
Some think that the breed got its name from following the scent of blood but according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the actual term "Bloodhound" refers not to what the blood hound trails but instead refers to its status as the "blooded hound," meaning aristocratic, since such great lengths were taken early on to keep the strain clean.
The first references to Bloodhounds in Britain began to appear in the 14th century. What is known is that these dogs were brought over from Normandy. What is open to the debate is whether the French brought over the ancestors from which the bloodhound was subsequently developed or the bloodhound itself.
The original St. Hubert strain effectively died out in the 19th century and the new European St. Hubert was developed using the English version of the bloodhound.
The FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) calls the breed "Chien de Saint Hubert" and gives its country of origin as Belgium, while the UK Kennel Club considers the breed as being native to Britain. Politics, Politics!!!
Today, the breed is commonly used by police and law enforcement the world over to track missing persons and escaped prisoners. And, of course, it makes a good pet and companion.
Physical Characteristics of Bloodhound Puppies
This is a large and powerful dog with a long neck, muscular backward sloping shoulders, deep chest, very strong back, and a long, slightly curved tail.
It has a long, narrow head with a long and deep forehead, long low-set drooping ears, long muzzle, and large black nose. The eyes are hazel to yellow, deeply sunk and have heavy lids.
The forelegs are straight and large, the feet are strong and well knuckled up, and the thighs are very muscular.
The Bloodhound has a lot of loose skin that hangs in folds, especially around the neck and head area. The wrinkles are most pronounced when the head is carried low -- the skin falls into loose ridges and folds, especially over the forehead and sides of the face.
The coat is short, dense, and hard. The hair on head and ears is shorter and feels much softer than on the rest of the body. The most common colors are black and tan, liver and tan, and red. There may be a small amount of white on chest and feet.
|Male||25 - 27 inches||90 - 110 pounds|
|Female||23 - 25 inches||80 - 100 pounds|
This is a friendly, gentle, good-natured, and outgoing dog. It can also be a bit stubborn and independent.
It gets along well with other dogs and humans, including strangers and children, and makes an excellent family pet. As a matter of fact, saying it gets along well with children is an understatement -- these dogs will patiently lie there and let children climb all over them.
Like many hounds, the blood hound can be stubborn, especially with an owner who doesn't exert his authority. If they catch an interesting scent you may have hard time redirecting their attention back to you. Because of its strong tracking instinct, it gets easily distracted and can be difficult to train.
Many people think that all dogs can follow a human scent, but it's not true. It's a very rare ability only few dogs possess, and the Bloodhound is one of them. Its sense of smell is so good that it's the only breed of dog, or any other animal for that matter, whose evidence is admissible in an American court of law.
When on a stroll, never let your pet off the leash. If it catches a scent that it finds interesting, it will follow it until the finish, no matter how long or far it takes.
This is a very gentle breed. Some might even say it's too gentle. Without proper training many blood hounds grow up very introverted and shy. Consider socializing your dog while he is still young.
Bloodhounds have a tendency to drool. Another common complaint from many owners is about their pets' snoring. These dogs don't reach maturity until they are 2 years old.
Best Owner / Living Conditions
This breed needs a patient and firm owner. It's very adaptable and with enough exercise can adjust well to an apartment lifestyle.
If you live in the suburbs, never leave your dog in an unfenced yard. This breed will follow his nose when it catches an interesting scent and you may never see your dog again.
Some Bloodhound breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.
Activity and Exercise
This is a very active breed and needs plenty of exercise to stay in top shape. It has great stamina and can walk for hours. At a minimum, it requires one or two long walks every day, but don't overexercise a dog that's still growing.
When outdoors, always keep your pet on leash or in a fenced yard. This will prevent him from escaping when he catches a scent.
In addition to health benefits, exercise provides one more benefit -- well-exercised dogs are more obedient and easier to control.
These dogs are average shedders. Brush several times a week with a firm bristle brush to remove dead hair. Or you may use a grooming glove. These gloves have semi-soft rubber or wire bristles and are great on dogs that don't like to be brushed.
Like with all breeds that have long ears, the Bloodhound ears need to be checked and cleaned regularly to prevent infections.
Bathe only when necessary and dry with a rough towel to leave his coat shiny.
Bloodhounds are known for their distinctive doggy odor, so don't neglect regular grooming. It's not difficult and will not take up a lot of your time.
Like all dog breeds, the Bloodhound is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as ticks, fleas, and worms.
Additional health concerns include cardiac problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems (entropion), hip problems, and bloating. Feed your dog several smaller meals instead of one large meal to prevent bloating. Visit dog health problems to learn more about dog diseases and health care.
Buy only from reputable Bloodhound breeders to reduce the risk of health problems (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).
No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your vet's attention.
According to the 2004 UK Kennel Club survey, the median life span of 82 deceased dogs in the survey was just under 7 years... This is the shortest life span of any breed.
In general, the average life expectancy for a healthy Bloodhound puppy is between 8 and 10 years.
Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?
If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Bloodhound rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.
Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Blood Hound Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.
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