The Bloodhound is a familiar sight in movies
that feature escaped convicts. Although the sound of these
big dogs baying as they find the scent they are searching
for may be a chilling sound to an escapee, it can be a
comforting sound. After all, Bloodhounds are also used to
track people who are lost or disoriented.
The Bloodhound, which is a member of the
American Kennel Club's Hound Group, stands
twenty three to twenty seven inches tall and weighs in at
eighty to one hundred ten pounds. These dogs are known for
their long droopy ears and their gloomy looking wrinkled faces.
They have short coats of coarse hair, which can come in black
and tan, red, or liver and tan colors.
Although criminals fear Bloodhounds, these dogs are actually
too sweet to be used as guard or attack dogs. It is true that a
Bloodhound will track down a man's scent, but these dogs do not
hunt people to hurt them. Bloodhounds need to work with
handlers because they will rush right up to a hardened killer
and great him like a long lost friend.
While their gentle nature makes these dogs a wonderful
choice for families, Bloodhounds do have some quirks. This
breed is a decision maker, which means it does not do well with
obedience training. The same traits that enable this breed to
track down scents make the Bloodhound less likely to obey and
more stubborn than most other breeds. Teaching your Bloodhound
to obey involves a lot of patience and understanding. Never
yell at him or treat him roughly, as he may become permanently
scarred from this treatment. If you can't teach your dog to
obey commands, you may want to consider getting help from a
professional dog trainer who uses positive reinforcement
Although the Bloodhound loves to spend time with its family,
this breed cannot endure life in the city. Bloodhounds need
more exercise than most breeds. A house with a large fenced
yard is ideal. You may also need to take your Bloodhound for
long walks to burn off excess energy.
Bloodhounds enjoy eating and can make a considerable
difference in your grocery budget. Since these dogs can suffer
from stomach problems and are prone to developing hip
dysplasia, you may want to consult your veterinarian to see if
you should use a special dog food for your Bloodhound.
Although Bloodhounds do not need to be brushed frequently,
they do need to have their face wrinkles and creases cleaned to
prevent odors and bacteria growth. You also should be prepared
for your dog to develop ear infections if enough air does not
circulate to his ears.
Any breed that has been around long before the Dark Ages
will have a few health problems. Besides hip dysplasia and
stomach problems, the Bloodhound can suffer from eyelid
problems. However, the Bloodhound's most frustrating problem is
not actually a disease. The droopy lips that add to this
breed's mournful appearance cause the Bloodhound to drool and
slobber more than most other breeds.
If you want a dog breed that has withstood the test of time
and still has a wonderful personality, you may want to take a
close look at the Bloodhound.