Bloodhound At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Hound); ANKC (Hounds); CKC (Hounds); FCI (Scenthounds); KC (Hound); UKC (Scenthound)


Medium to Large. Weight: Male: 90-110; Female: 80-100 lbs; Height: Male: 25-27; Female: 23-25 inches


Short and hard


Black and Tan, Liver and Tan, Red

Life Span:

8 to 10 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 100
Barking Tendencies – 100
Cat Friendly – 100
Cold Weather Tolerance – 60
Exercise Needs – 80
General Health – 60
Grooming Needs – 100
Hot Weather Tolerance – 60
Intelligence – 60
Kid Friendly – 100
Playfulness – 100
Shedding Level – 70
Social Needs – 100
Watchdog Ability – 20

Did You Know?

Bloodhounds tends to wail when they pick up a new scent and do not bark as many other hounds do.

Bloodhound Overview

This is one of the oldest known dog breeds. The exact origins of the Bloodhound are unknown, but the breed was perfected by the monks of Belgium. This breed was introduced by the Normans into England and the United States. The Bloodhound is a hunter and excels at tracking scents. Today, this breed is used both as a companion dog and a tracker.

Bloodhound Characteristics

This dog breed normally is shy and placid, but becomes far more sociable in familiar surroundings. The dog is cautious of strangers, but vary rarely aggressive. This breed is very sensitive to the tone of the voice, which can make them slightly challenging to train. They are, however, extremely eager to please and do very well at training. Bloodhounds tends to wail when they pick up a new scent and do not bark as many other hounds do.

Bloodhound Temperament

This dog breed is very gentle and loving, with a sweet nature. Early socialization to overcome their natural shyness is essential. Bloodhounds get along remarkable well with children and is very tolerant. As their ears are very sensitive, supervision is recommended. If trained and socialized, this breed gets along well with other big dogs, but not as well with small dogs.

Bloodhound Care

This dog breed does not require much grooming coat-wise, but the folds of skin should be cleaned regularly to avoid itchy or dry skin. For the coat, occasionally brushing is necessary to remove any dead or loose hair. They are seasonal heavy shedders. These dogs have  long, droopy and sensitive ears that need to be cleaned regularly to avoid ear infections.

Bloodhound Coat

The coat of the Bloodhound is short and hard coat, but the hair is softer on the head and ears. This breed requires little grooming.

Bloodhound Training

This dog breed is highly intelligent and keen to please, but does tend to be stubborn, making training challenging. Gentle, consistent handling is a must as the Bloodhound can be very sensitive. The dogs tend to be a little slow both to house train and obedience train, but with persistence they eventually excel and become a wonderful pets and hunting companions.

Bloodhound Activity

This breed is fairly active and likes to be able to romp and play. A large, fenced yard  works best for Bloodhounds. This breed has a tendency to overeat, so regular exercise is a must. Optimally, 90 minutes per day is required to keep this dog healthy, happy and in shape.

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