Bloodhound

Description

The Bloodhound is a well-known breed with a strong and powerful build. It is characterized by having a prominent nose and long, flopping ears. Its head is moderate in size with a long muzzle. The eyes are set deep. There is an abundance of wrinkles from the crown of its head to the middle of its back. Its elongated neck extends to strong, but sloping shoulders. The chest is deep and the rib cage is well sprung.

Temperament

The Bloodhound is an exceptional breed. It has warm and gentle temperament and is a good worker. Seeming to always chase a scent, this breed is an excellent hunting tracker. As a pet, it is affectionate, obedient, and patient. Its patience is both a good and bad trait. Its good because the breed will not purposefully harm children. However, it has a tendency to take punishment from children. Children who are not well-behaved should not interact with this breed. how it treats people it doesn’t know varies with this breed. In most case it is friendly with strangers. For either type, its watchdog instinct will surface and it will bark loudly upon a visit from a stranger.

Height and Weight

Male height: 25-27 inchesMale weight: 110 poundsFemale height: 23-25 inchesFemale weight: 100 pounds

Health Problems

The Bloodhound is susceptible to develop hip dysplasia. It may also develop an eye condition called entropion as well as bloat. Of these conditions, bloat can easily be prevented by allowing the breed to only eat smaller meals throughout the day. These meals should small.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Bloodhound can easily adapt to outdoor or indoor living conditions. If kept indoors, it should receive significant exercise. If the breed lives outdoors it will usually engage in more activity and need less additional exercise.

Exercise

How much exercise the Bloodhound needs depends on where it lives. Types that live indoors are usually less active and need more physical activity to keep them healthy. Outdoor types will do fine with a short, daily walk. This breed has an above-average level of endurance and can handle extreme activity, such as hiking.

Life Expectancy

The Bloodhound tends to live 10-12 years.

Litter Size

The Bloodhound has an average of 8-10 puppies.

Grooming

In addition to normal brushing of the coat, the ears of the Bloodhound should also be checked and cleaned on a regular basis. The breed does not shed heavily, but during shedding season its coat will need to be brushed more frequently.

Origin

The Bloodhound is an ancient breed. Its roots began in Europe

Group

Hound

Color

The Bloodhound’s coat varies from a brownish-red to a light brown color. The coat may also be a combination coat of light brown and black.