Bloodhound Advantage and Challenges
Bloodhound Physical Characteristics
The Bloodhound is a distinctive dog, with its loose skin, heavy ears and unmistakable hangdog appearance. You’ll find the Bloodhound is very affectionate with the entire family – including most other pets – and is infinitely patient with kids, so care should always be taken that children remain respectful and kind to the dog, to avoid excessive roughhousing which could potentially injure your pet. This loving yet strong-willed animal is the 50th most popular breed registered with the AKC in the United States.
Bloodhound History and General Information
History and Origin
A thousand year old breed descended from the St. Huber Hound of Belgium, the Bloodhound is among the oldest hound breeds still in existence. Introduced to Englandby William the Conqueror in 1066, the dog’s amazing sense of smell has made it invaluable from that day to this, as a companion for hunters, law enforcement officers and search-and-rescue teams alike.
The Bloodhound is a large, powerful dog that needs plenty of space to roam, although it must always be kept on a leash or in a securely fenced yard to avoid runaway scent distractions. Gentle and good-natured around loved ones, this pet can be aloof with strangers. Obedience training should be started at a very young age, but keep in mind that the Bloodhound has a mind of its own – and is notoriously difficult to train. It’s critically important that you learn how to control this dog while still a puppy, before it becomes too large to handle. Even with thorough training and socialization, however, don’t expect much obedience from your Bloodhound, especially if he’s tracking a scent. He just hasn’t got it in him to ignore his tracking instincts, no matter how urgently you tell him otherwise.
The Bloodhound is prone to certain health problems, including ear infections, inverted eyelids (entropion), hip dysplasia and bloat. To minimize bloat, feed two or three small meals a day instead of one large one. Avoid exercise after meals, as some Bloodhounds are susceptible to stomach cramping.
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