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Bloodhound

Personality:Sweet, easygoing, friendly to all; intense when working

Coat & Grooming:Coat requires brushing; ears and wrinkles must be kept clean to avoid infection

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; a mush around the house, but relentless and stubborn on the trail

Originally: Western Europe

Nicknames: Sleuth Hound

Size: Large

Meet the Bloodhound

​Bloodhounds are large, substantial dogs standing 23 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weighing up to 110 pounds. Their most famous features are a long, wrinkled face with loose-hanging skin; huge drooping ears; and warm, deep-set eyes that complete an expression of solemn dignity. The coat color can be black and tan, liver (reddish brown) and tan, or red. A thick, powerful body and legs allow Bloodhounds to follow a trail over miles of tough, punishing terrain.

What's Their Story?

​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.

What are they Like?

​The noble Bloodhound is among the canine kingdom’s most kindly and docile citizens. Bred to live in packs, Bloodhounds enjoy company, including other dogs and children. As sweet-natured as Bloodhounds are, their amazing nose can sometimes lead them into trouble. A strong leash and long walks in places where they can enjoy sniffing around are recommended. They’re droolers, and obedience training these sensitive sleuths can be a steep challenge, but Bloodhound fans will tell you they’re worth the effort.

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