Meet the Breed: The Bloodhound
The Bloodhound has a distinctive look with a wrinkled face, droopy jowls, long, low-set thin ears, and soulful, sad looking eyes. The wrinkles and long ears help retain scents to enhance their tracking ability. The coat is wrinkled and short and can be black and tan, liver and tan, red and tawny, and red.
The Bloodhound has a history that extends back to the 7th Century in France. They were refined by monks in Belgium. The name Bloodhound comes from the idea that the hound was from pure breeding. Bloodhounds are famous for being able to discern human odors even days later, over great distances, even across water. Its extraordinarily keen sense of smell is combined with a strong and tenacious tracking instinct, producing the ideal scent hound, and it is used by police and law enforcement all over the world to track escaped prisoners, missing people, lost children and lost pets.
The Bloodhound is patient, well-mannered and gentle with all ages of people, especially children. Outdoors, the dog is very energetic and less likely to be obedient with the lure of interesting scents. Can be willful.
Breed Club Links: American Bloodhound Club
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Photo courtesy of John Leslie.