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Dog Facts

Exercise Requirement:
Affection Level:
Not very protective
Grooming Maintenance:
Low, but face and ears need regular cleaning
Temperature Preference:
Typical Lifespan:
7-10 years

About the Bloodhound Breed

Everything about the Bloodhound is designed to maximise its ability to smell. Famous for their ability to track scents, the large muzzle has plenty of room to house a well developed sense of smell, its iconic, drooping face skin is thought to help stir up scents from the ground, as do its ears, and direct the smells to its nose. The Bloodhound is not the speediest of dogs, but has a high endurance which means it can track a scent for a long time without tiring. The Bloodhound as a breed holds many trailing records, for both trail length, and for being able to follow the oldest trails.

The coat of the Bloodhound is short, which stops brambles and undergrowth from snagging on it, perfect for chasing game through dense vegetation. Being bred to work with humans however, it is very docile when it comes to people, so is non-threatening when called upon to track the scent of people.

As with a lot of scenting hounds, it can be stubborn and independent when out and about but can be gentle and placid at home, trustworthy with young children. Its stubbornness truly comes to the fore when it catches an interesting scent however. Every fibre of the dog will want to track down a scent and it can get lost by trailing away unleashed, or drag an owner after it by the lead after a scent.

The most threatening thing about the Bloodhound is its name. It was not named for an overpowering blood thirst, which has often been thought to be the driving force behind its trailing ability, but instead for the way in which the dog was bred from a pure bloodline in monasteries. The highly bred dogs were known as "blooded hounds" and the name developed from there.

The dog needs a good deal of daily exercise, but needs to be walked in safe areas as it is likely to run off after a scent and not come back until it has found the end, by which point it may be lost. While coat grooming need is minimal, the Bloodhound drools a lot, so its face will need wiping often, and it tends to end up dipping its ears in food, mud or puddles, so these need to be kept clean too.

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