Country of Origin: Belgium
Weight: 36-50kg (80-110 lbs.)
Height: 58-69cm (23-27 in.) at the withers
Grooming Requirements: Minimal
Exercise Requirements: Moderate
Popularity in Australia:
Dog Type: Hound
Most suited As: Hunter, tracker, companion
Also known As: St Hubert Hound, Sleuth Hound
Expected Life Span: 6-8 years
Legend states that these dogs were bred in Belgium by monks in 1000 AD. About 1200 AD the monks sent pairs of hounds to the king of France as a gift. They were not very well liked at the time, and that particular strain had died out by the 19th century.
This is a very gentle dog, but it is never appropriate to leave a small child alone with any large animal. They are even tempered and affectionate, but can be stubborn because their tracking instinct is so strong.
The Bloodhound has an unmistakeable bark and howl to alert you to any approaching strangers or unusual events.
A good walk or a large fenced area for daily exercise will be needed when hunting season is a ways off.
Size/weight and Colour
The Bloodhound’s colour may be tan, liver, black, or red. Some have speckles of white through their fur. Their coat is hard and short.
They may weigh from 36-50 kg (80-110 lbs.), with a height of 58-69 cm (23-27 inches) at the shoulder (withers). They are very large boned and that is where most of their weight lies. Some dogs of this breed have weighed as much as 72 kg, or 160 lbs.
A good weekly brushing to remove loose hair and keep the skin in good shape is usually all that is required for this breed. They have a stronger odor than most canines and brushing seems to help keep it under control.
Bloat is the number one cause of death in Bloodhounds. This is trapped gas in the stomach that can cause twisting and decreased blood supply to the pancreas and other organs. Once this happens the chance of survival without surgery is low. Prevention may be possible by feeding frequent meals in small amounts, and also no allowing them to drink large quantities of water at one time. Never feed right after exercise.
They also are at high risk for skin disorders along with eye and ear illnesses. They can also quickly overheat during activities in hot climates.
Like most larger canines, they are also known to have hip dysplasia.
They love to go on hunts and long walks, but if he picks up an interesting scent you might have a hard time controlling him. They are much more interested in the scent chase than in killing the prey. Their gentle nature makes them great candidates for therapy dogs.
This breed is not used for working livestock.
The average size for a litter of puppies is 8-10, but some litters of 15 have been noted. Puppies should not be trained to hunt or have forced exercise until after they are a year old to prevent joint problems. The first year of life they have a speedy growth rate and are busy gaining weight. Putting pressure on the hips and other joints while they are growing will cause orthopedic problems earlier than necessary.
Bloodhound Organisations in Australia
No club information listed
Bloodhound Organisations in the UK
The Bloodhound Club – Clikpic
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