All About the Bloodhounds
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The Bloodhound is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 25 to 27 inches.
Weight: 90 to 110 pounds.
Females – Height: 23 to 25 inches.
Weight: 80 to 100 pounds.
Bloodhounds are commonly black and tan, liver and tan, and red. They sometimes have white flecks.
Calm, well-mannered and docile, Bloodhounds are one of the most sensitive breeds. They react well to a kind word, but they can mope after being corrected by their owners. They are affectionate, but they can also try to dictate the law of the household if not properly trained by their masters.
Bloodhounds are a medium energy breed requiring daily exercise.
When outdoors they should be carefully monitored so that they do not get distracted into a hunt. Once they’ve caught a scent, it’s very difficult to pull them off.
- Bloodhounds have a short, coarse coat. Their saggy, wrinkled faces are their most distinctive feature.
- They are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed. Though their coats require only the occasional brush, their facial skin folds should be cleaned daily, and their ear canals also require regular cleaning.
- They have an excellent sense of smell.
7 to 10 years
The most common health concerns for Bloodhounds include ectropion, entropion, gastric torsion, otitis externa, skin-fold dermatitis, canine hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.
Bloodhounds have a low tolerance for hot climates and a medium tolerance for cold climates. They can live outdoors comfortably unless the weather is very hot.
Though they are not the most playful of dogs, Bloodhounds are extremely trustworthy around children. They are friendly toward other dogs and very friendly toward other household pets.
- Bloodhounds were originally called “Blooded Hounds,” referring to their pure and noble breeding line.
- Their tracking ability is so highly respected that courts have accepted evidence from Bloodhound trails in criminal trials.
- Perhaps the most famous Bloodhound is “McGruff, the Crime Dog."