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Bloodhound

Bloodhound

A Docile & Devoted Scenthound

Calm, gentle, independent

Bloodhounds are highly active, busy, and lovable, large dogs. These hounds are good with children and other pets, but have a tendency to escape, wander, and roam. Bloodhounds can be rambunctious puppies so obedience training and socialization is recommended at an early age. This devoted breed makes a great family companion. Daily exercise such as a long walk helps keep them calm and content.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:23-27 in. Weight:80-110 lb Lifespan:10-12 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
1

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: They are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. Always walk your Bloodhound on a leash, they have a tendency to run off after interesting smells. Check their facial wrinkles and eyes often. Their droopy skin and eyes can collect debris.

Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Bloodhounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


A Bloodhound is a friendly and devoted companion with a big voice.

Positive Traits:

• An excellent family dog that loves human companionship

• Good with children and other pets

• Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

• Highly active and eager to have a purpose

• Protective of family; good watch dog

• Docile and devoted

Negative Traits:

• Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy

• Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

• Needs regular exercise to prevent chewing, digging, and other problems stemming from boredom

• Can be difficult to housetrain

• Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

• Likes to dig

Whether you are considering adding a new Bloodhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bloodhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bloodhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Bloodhound could encounter:

The Bloodhound is a tracking scenthound originating in Belgium and bred to follow the scent of deer and other large game. They have traditionally been used to track criminals and locate missing children. Bloodhounds are independent thinkers, but are also friendly, docile family dogs. They are a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-12 years. They are known to suffer from common conditions like hip and elbow dysplasia and bloat. 

Consult with a veterinarian if your Bloodhound shows signs of the following:

• Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

• Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

• Red blob at the corner of the eye

• Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

• Cloudiness to eye lens

• General reluctance to run or play

• Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

• Lameness with or without swelling

• New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

• Toe lumps and toe nail breakage

• Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

• Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

• Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

  • Care

    Routine Care: They are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. Always walk your Bloodhound on a leash, they have a tendency to run off after interesting smells. Check their facial wrinkles and eyes often. Their droopy skin and eyes can collect debris.

    Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Bloodhounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    A Bloodhound is a friendly and devoted companion with a big voice.

    Positive Traits:

    • An excellent family dog that loves human companionship

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

    • Highly active and eager to have a purpose

    • Protective of family; good watch dog

    • Docile and devoted

    Negative Traits:

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy

    • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

    • Needs regular exercise to prevent chewing, digging, and other problems stemming from boredom

    • Can be difficult to housetrain

    • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

    • Likes to dig

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Bloodhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bloodhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bloodhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Bloodhound could encounter:

  • History

    The Bloodhound is a tracking scenthound originating in Belgium and bred to follow the scent of deer and other large game. They have traditionally been used to track criminals and locate missing children. Bloodhounds are independent thinkers, but are also friendly, docile family dogs. They are a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-12 years. They are known to suffer from common conditions like hip and elbow dysplasia and bloat. 

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Bloodhound shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

    • Red blob at the corner of the eye

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

    • Lameness with or without swelling

    • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

    • Toe lumps and toe nail breakage

    • Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

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