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Bloodhound Facts
General Facts About Bloodhounds


This is one of the oldest dog breeds that hunt by scent alone.

They originated in Europe and then were carefully bred for over a century in the U.S. to establish the standard that we know of today.

They are in the Hound Group of the AKC, recognized in 1885.

Average weight for males is 90 to 100 lbs. (41 to 50 kg).

Average weight for females is 80 to 100 lbs. (36 to 45 kg).

Average height for males is 25 to 27 inches (63 to 69 cm) from floor to shoulder.

Average height for females is 23 to 25 inches (58-63 cm) from floor to shoulder.

Life span is 12 years on average with a range of 11 to 15 years being in the normal expected range.

The average sized litter of Bloodhounds is 9, although it is not uncommon for some dams to carry as many as 15 pups.

Color and Appearance

Possible colors will be:

•    Black and tan
•    Liver and tan (You will know that a dog is a liver when the nose is liver)
•    Red
•    Tawny

Markings may be small, white freckle type spots.

They skin hangs very loose on the body and this produces many folds and wrinkles.

The nose is always black.

The eyes are an interesting diamond shape and are rather deeply sunken in. 

It is the heavy and large lips of this dog that weigh down on the corners of the eyes that cause them to be in the shape of diamonds.

It is a Bloodhound fact that all purebreds have long, soft, drooping ears that fall down the sides of the face.

The tails is carried high and has a slight curve.

Behavior and Temperament

They are very loving, affectionate and friendly dogs.

Some can tend to want to be the leader of the house.  This behavior can be avoided if properly trained from a young age…or to not waste any time if an older dog begins to display this behavior.  Training for this will involve taking action to show the Bloodhound that the owner is the true leader.  This happens when one always enters and exits the house first and the dog goes 2nd.  It also sends a strong message when the owner begins eating first and only after the dog has noticed this, is the dog food bowl then placed down on the floor.

They are outstanding with children and most absolutely love the attention that they receive.

Males will go through puberty from the ages of 1 year to 2 years and can be quite rambunctious during this time.  Females will enter and leave a bit faster than males.  Once this stage is done, the dog will be calmer and will be able to listen to commands with more focus.  This does not mean that house training should wait….It should begin from Day 1.

Many are known to snore and drool.  Some may have a tendency to howl at certain times.

Since they are the most scent oriented dog, said to be able to trance a scent that is decades old and able to follow a scent for up to 100 miles, one must be careful to not allow the dog off a lead when outside.  It is best to always ensure that the leash is firmly attached when walking….And outdoor play should be in an enclosed area… Do keep in mind that a dog this large can jump some fences with ease.

They can be shy and some are wary of people that they do not know, but with a slow and friendly introduction, most warm up quickly.

It is extremely rare for a Bloodhound to show any aggressive behavior at all.


This large dog should be brushed at least 1 time per week.

All folds and wrinkles must be kept clean and dry….This is very important to keep them dry since if moisture is trapped inside these deep folds, bacteria will form and infection will set in. At least 1 time a week, and preferably 2 times, an owner should swipe all folds and wrinkles with clean, soft cotton swabs.

Bloodhound Facts Regarding Exercise

This big dog loves to run around and will be very eager to take daily walks.  This breed does best if they are also taken outside to play games such as catch.  If cramped in a house all day and not allowed to release pent up energy, the dog can become very restless and show destructive behavior.

A minimum of 90 minutes of daily exercise is recommended.


They are prone to bloat. This can be prevented in many cases by never feeding 1 large meal.  It is best to schedule several smaller meals throughout the day.  Also, the dog should not be exercise immediately after eating. Another method to help with bloat is to not use a regular dog food bowl...One should obtain a bowl that is designed to promote slower eating, by way of safe obstacles that divide the food.

If one suspects bloat, one can safely give a dose of Gas-X and then immediately rush the dog to the closest animal  hospital.

Some can have issues with the joints of the body and for this reason it is highly suggested to have a large, padded dog bed for your Bloodhound for both naps and for sleep.



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