AKC PuppyFinder: Bloodhound Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Sweet, easygoing, friendly to all; intense when working
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; a mush around the house, but relentless and stubborn on the trail
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Frequent
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 25-27 inches (male), 23-25 inches (female)
- Weight: 90-110 pounds (male), 80-100 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 7-9 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
There's a reason that police forces all over the world use Bloodhounds to track and find missing people: these scent hounds are determined and relentless trackers, never giving up until the job is done. Your Bloodhound puppy will already display the distinctive long ears and wrinkled face the breed is known for. Along with his remarkable nose, he has an affectionate and kind nature and make a loving, easy-going companion. In spite of their size, they're sensitive dogs who respond best to patient and positive training.
- History & Job
Origin: Western Europe
Year Recognized: 1885
Breed History & Job Description: Bloodhounds do one thing better than any creature on earth: find people who are lost or hiding. Bloodhounds as we know them were perfected in Western Europe about a thousand years ago. Since then, police departments around the world have relied on them to follow the scent of humans—maybe a criminal, or a lost child, or a confused senior. An assignment might last all day and night, but Bloodhounds won’t give up until they find who they’re looking for.
Provide your hound with a quiet space of their own where they will not be annoyed, can eat in peace, sleep without being disturbed, and go to time-out and relax. This area needs to be available whether you have an indoor or outside hound. Bloodhounds are susceptible to bloat and/or torsion which are life threatening conditions requiring immediate veterinary attention. No specific single cause has been identified, but precautions can be taken to lessen the chance of occurrence, i.e. feed several small meals, slow down an eater who “inhales” food, soak kibble, feed on a regular schedule while avoiding changing routines, no heavy exercise before or after eating, and monitor behavior after a meal. Get into the routine of watching your Bloodhound eat and observing what is “normal” for your hound, that way if you notice something that is not usual behavior or a cause for concern, you are prepared. Bloodhounds are also notorious for ingesting undesirable objects (rocks, TV remotes, eye glasses, knives, socks, etc.), so keep the vet and emergency vet numbers handy.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Elbow Evaluation
- Cardiac Exam
- Breed Club
- Breed Club Rescue: The American Bloodhound Club
- Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.americanbloodhoundclub.org/breeder-referral/
Click here to see all Bloodhound Rescue Groups.