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The History of the Bloodhound


Thanks to Patricia Lawing for maintaining this site.

 

The Bloodhound is a scent hound of great size and strength with a noble, dignified expression. No wonder Bloodhounds look so noble and dignified (sometimes): they have a distinguished history. St.Hubert hounds, ancestors of today's Bloodhounds, helped Europeans celebrate the Millennium in the year 1000. Today's Bloodhounds are descended from those hounds, bred by Hubert, a 7th-century French monk who later became a patron saint of hunters, and from hounds bred by other medieval noblemen who kept scent hounds as hunting dogs. Many strains, including hounds brought back to Europe by Crusaders from the Holy Land, have blended to produce today's gentle giants. It was not until the 16th century that the Bloodhound was used to track humans. Man-trailing has enjoyed a steady increase in modern day law enforcement and search and rescue. Trails preformed by proven Bloodhounds are permissible in court."Blood," in the breed name "Bloodhound," probably comes from "blooded" meaning a hound of pure breeding. In French-speaking parts of Europe, Bloodhounds are still known as St.Hubert hounds. This is their history, but all I know is they make the best pet you could ever have.

People use bloodhounds for many types of hunting and tracking such as bear and fox. I even know a guy who trained his to find deer after he shot them. Bloodhounds can find anything you want to train them to find and I mean anything from illegal drugs to cadavers and anything in between. If the scent is there they will find it. None of my dogs are trained, they are just my pets. I am fully aware of the capabilities of these dogs but I am not using them to their fullest. I don't hunt or track but I fully support people who do. Although I do fish, maybe I could teach one of them to find the fish for me.   Ha Ha. A dog truly is man's best friend. Feel free to cruise my site and send me an email if you have any questions. All of our dogs are AKC registered. If you are looking for a bloodhound, maybe I can help you. Thanks to Carl Worthy for making the Bloodhound sign above.


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Bloodhound Facts

Country of Origin....Belgium Size....Large Height....23-27 inches Colors....There are three distinct coat colors: the bi-colors black and tan and liver and tan and the uni-color red. Other Names....Chien de Saint-Hubert Average Litter Size....8 Life Span.... 9-11 years Personality....Gentle, placid, kind and sociable with people and each other. Particularly attached to their owner. Tolerant of kennel companions and other domestic animals. Somewhat reserved and stubborn. Just as sensitive to compliments as to corrections. Very rarely aggressive. Its voice is deep and it makes a wide variety of sounds from a howl to a long groan to a bark. AKC Group....Hound First reg. by AKC....1885 Utilization.... Scent hound for large game, service dog, tracking dog and family dog. It was and it must always remain a hound which due to its remarkable sense of smell is foremost a leash hound, often used not only to follow the trail of the wounded game as in the blood scenting trials but also to seek out missing people in police operations. Grooming....Bloodhounds need quick weekly brushing and regular ear cleaning and nail trimming. They are naturally short haired dogs and do not need trimming. Shedding....Heavy seasonal or year round. Social skills....Bloodhounds usually get along with other animals if socialized from puppy hood. Suitability for Children....Patient with children of all ages. However, because of their giant size, toddlers should not be left unsupervised to play with these dogs. Exercise needs....Bloodhounds require up to 90 minutes vigorous daily exercise to maintain fitness. Trainability....Slow to house train, slow to learn new things, stubborn. Health.... Bloodhounds have several health problems. The most common are hip dysplasia, bloat, eye problems. Negative Characteristics: Bloodhounds shed a lot, drool and slobber a lot and have a distinctive hound odor. They can be destructive when bored or not exercised enough which they usually express in chewing and baying. Most do best as outdoor dogs; note, however, that if you do keep a bloodhound in the house due to their slobbering this is not the breed for people obsessed with cleanliness in the house. Bloodhounds are not generally an indoor dog.

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Things to Consider

Finding the right puppy is not easy so consider this before you purchase a Bloodhound from us or anyone. The welfare of the puppy is important to us . Is everyone in your family personally committed to having a puppy? Is everyone agreeable as to which breed to get? Have you considered all the financial obligations involved in raising a puppy? If this is a gift for an older adult, do they really want a puppy? Ask them. Is a good knowledgeable veterinarian available to care for your puppy? Is anyone at home during the day to see to the puppies needs? If not, how long will the puppy be left alone? What type of housing will the puppy be left in when no one is around? Is your property fenced for the breed you choose? This is very important for the Bloodhound. Will the puppy be kept safe from predators, including other larger pets? Do you have children and are they instructed about handling small baby animals? If you travel a lot, will this breed of dog be able to go with you in the accommodations you use? Are you ready for that puppy to grow into a big dog? Bloodhounds average 90 lbs. but can get to 125 lbs. plus in weight. These are just some of the puppies needs. For the needs of the adult see Bloodhound Facts in the above paragraph.