Bloodhound

Hound Group

Bloodhound lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 23-25 in, Males 25-27 in

Weight

Females 80-100 lbs, Males 90-110 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The origins of the Bloodhound are a bit unclear, although it is likely that a text dating back to the 3rd century describing a dog with unrivaled scenting powers may be referencing the Bloodhound's ancestors. The modern Bloodhound was refined in western Europe about 1,000 years ago, bred to have an unmatchable "cold nose", or ability to follow a scent trail days or even weeks old. The Catholic Church was mostly responsible for the Bloodhound's development, as most monasteries in England and France were well-funded and kept kennels. The name "Bloodhound" comes from the term "blooded", or "from aristocratic blood".

Breed Characteristics

While not all Bloodhounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

  Kind, gentle, and affectionate

Too friendly to be a guard dog, but can be vocal when excited

Love to chew and potentially swallow anything and everything

Very stubborn and need firm, consistent, but kind training using positive reinforcement

Known to wander and become oblivious to their surroundings once they catch a scent, which can lead them straight into traffic