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Basic Bloodhound Information

  • Lifespan: 7 - 10 years
  • Height: 23 - 27 inches
  • Weight: 80 - 110 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Bloodhounds

Bloodhound Traits

  • Joggin Partner
  • Lap Dog
  • Good with Children
  • Warm Weather
  • Cold Weather
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Barking
  • Ease of Training

Bloodhound History

  • The bloodhound is probably a direct descendent of the St. Hubert's hound, which was in Europe by the 700s.
  • In 1066, William the Conqueror is credited with bringing them to England.
  • These were some of the earliest pure-breeding strains of dogs, kept by Church dignitaries in carefully bred packs.
  • The name bloodhound comes from "blooded hound," in reference to their pure blood.
  • By the 1800s, bloodhounds were in America.
  • Bloodhounds, along with other scenthounds, were sometimes used to trail escaped slaves. They continue to be used to trail humans. They do not attack people when they find them, as is sometimes alleged.
  • The AKC recognized the bloodhound in 1885.
  • Bloodhounds hold tracking records for length and staleness of trail.

Bloodhound Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a placid and amiable companion.
  • Good with children, but its independent nature and low energy level may be frustrating for children at times.
  • Generally friendly toward strangers.
  • Good with other dogs and pets.
  • Likes to follow its nose, tends to wander, and does not come when called.
  • Likes to hunt.
  • Often barks and bays loudly when excited or on a trail.
  • Tends to be stubborn and methodical. Does best with reward-based training involving food.

Bloodhound Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a calm and reliable housedog.
  • Its physical exercise needs can be met with a long walk or short run. It prefers to walk and sniff and explore.
  • Care must be taken if allowed off leash because the bloodhound tends to get caught up in following scent trails, and it's not overly obedient or inclined to come when called.
  • Bloodhounds tend to do well at dog parks.
  • They do not like hot weather.

Bloodhound Grooming

  • Coat is short, thick and tight.
  • Brushing once a week will remove dead hair.
  • Shedding is average.
  • The mouth and wrinkles should be examined, cleaned and dried regularly.
  • Be prepared for drool.

Suggested Bloodhound Nutritional Needs

  • Bloodhounds have a tendency to become overweight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Puppies should be fed a large-breed growth food, which slows their growing rate but not final size. This may decrease the incidence or severity of hip dysplasia in adults.

Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

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