A large sized Bloodhound
Bloodhound Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)24-28in (61-71cm)
Weight80-120lbs (36-55kg)
Hair Colour(s)Black and tan
Lifespan8-10 years
Energy LevelVaries
Litter size7-8
Barking TendencyVaries
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of training
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if left

The Bloodhound is a powerful dog that manages to carry itself with grace and dignity. It has a sturdy body, a highly muscled neck and back, solid forelegs, a refined head, droopy ears that frame a face wearing a rather doleful expression, and wrinkly skin. The coat is smooth and short, and the colouring is usually red, red and tan or black and tan.


Bloodhounds are gentle, even-tempered giants with affection to spare by the bucketload. Some can have a stubborn streak and so are more suited to experienced dog owners, but they are sensitive and very responsive. They are very friendly, even with small children, strangers and other household pets, although they can sometimes be aggressive around same sex dogs. Also, as they are large dogs, they may not be suitable for smaller kids that could easily get knocked over accidentally. Bloodhounds can become noisy when bored, and they can also be possessive with their toys, food and other belongings. They can be protective too, which means they can make effective watchdogs. Although they are usually quiet and lazy indoors, they become rather vocal and energetic outdoors.

History & Skills

Bloodhounds originate from Belgium and are one of the oldest hound breeds, tracing their history back to the 8th century. They were developed and nurtured by blueblood aristocrats, hence their name, and were first bred to track and hunt deer and wolves using their superior scent and tracking skills. Following the Norman invasion of England in 1066, Bloodhounds were introduced into England. These days they are still used for tracking and hunting, not only of animals but also by law enforcement agencies for finding lost children and even criminals.

Breed Specific Ailments

Bloodhounds tend to live between 8-10 years. Whilst they are considered to be relatively free from inherited health problems, some conditions to watch for include ectropion, entropion, bloat and torsion, hip and elbow dysplasia, and thyroid issues. Potential joint problems can develop if Bloodhounds become too heavy or are given too much exercise in puppyhood. The eyes and the ears should be checked regularly as they tend to gather dust and debris.


Bloodhounds are medium shedders and grooming is not demanding. The coat will need occasional brushing to remove dead hair and keep it in good condition. Bathing is only carried out when required and the coat does not need trimming. These dogs are also seasonal shedders, and grooming will need stepping up during these periods. The ears should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis to reduce the risk of ear infections.

Exercise & Environment

Bloodhounds are usually lazy indoors but they become quite energetic when outdoors. They require about two hours of daily exercise, which can be a mix of walks and access to a yard or garden. Any walks should be carried out on the leash, and yard and garden areas must be secure, because if these dogs detect a scent they will want to follow it rather obsessively, ususally ignoring any instructions from owners to the contrary.


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