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
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.
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.