The Bloodhound is a scent hound with a remarkable nose for tracking of animals and people. Once they catch a scent it can be hard to regain their attention. It will take time and patience to train a Bloodhound.


The precise origin of the Bloodhound is unknown, it is believed to have descended from St. Hubert hounds. They were first bred for hunting, then they were trained to track animals and people. They were taken to England by William the Conqueror.


Bloodhounds are a part of the hound group in the American Kennel Club (AKC). They are scent hounds that track scents.


Bloodhounds are large dogs that are 24 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder. They can weigh between 80 and 110 pounds.


According to the American Kennel Club, Bloodhounds have three standard colors and no markings. The standard colors are black and tan, liver and tan, and red.


Good with children and other pets, Bloodhounds are friendly, curious and affectionate with their family. They can be stubborn and have a mind of their own when tracking a scent. They should be socialized early as they tend to be shy with strangers.


Bloodhounds are not the lazy dogs that some people believe. They have medium to high energy levels requiring a lot of daily exercise.


The average lifespan for a Bloodhound is 7 to 10 years of age. They are generally a healthy breed but are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, eye problems, epilepsy, bloat and skin infections.


Bloodhounds have a short flat coat with an undercoat and will need brushing several times a week. They also shed seasonally in the Spring and Fall when they will shed heavy.

Other Grooming

You will need to clean the folds of the skin where infection can occur. Watch out for the drooling, it happens quite often. You must keep their ears clean as they are prone to ear infections. You will brush their teeth several times a week and trim their nails when needed.


Bloodhounds can be difficult to train as they are independent thinkers and can be stubborn. Once they catch a scent, it is hard to get their attention. Positive reinforcement using treats will help in training.

Bloodhound laying in grassSeparation Anxiety

Bloodhounds want to be with their family and can suffer from separation anxiety when they are alone. Separation anxiety can lead to bad behaviors like destructive chewing, excessive barking and drooling.

Exercise your Bloodhound before leaving them alone and don’t leave them alone for long periods of time. Get a dog walker or dog sitter if necessary.


If you are interested in the Bloodhound dog breed, please consider adoption. There are many purebred dogs and puppies that are available for adoption.Search for a Bloodhound rescue group in your area by starting here at PetFinder.

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