Known for its scenting skills, the Bloodhound was probably developed from an old breed known as the St. Hubert Hound, which was brought to Europe by soldiers returning from the Crusades before the Middle Ages. It was introduced to Britain by the Normans after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. As a result of the careful breeding of these hounds, they became known as ‘blooded hounds’, which, in turn, was presumably shortened simply to Bloodhound.
Origins: The Holy Land
Coat Type/Colour: Short; Wide Variety
Height: 25 – 27 Inch (63.5 – 68.5 cm)
Weight: 88 lb (40 kg)
Classification: Hound/Large hound
Nature: Sensitive, friendly; requires long walks
In spite of their name, these are not aggressive dogs and make good family pets. They will need long make good family pets. They will need long walks, however, where their scenting skills will soon become apparent. Bllodhounds are surprisingly sensitive by nature and respond best to encouragement rather than criticism. You will need to watch their pendulous ears, as these are easily damaged. Their eyes, too, can suffer from problems, while the wringkled skin on their head may provide a focus for local infections. Bloodhounds usually prove hardy and tenacious by nature. They are bred in several colours, notably combinations of black and tan and liver and tan, as well as red. Small areas of white on the chest, feet and at the tip of the tail will not be penalized for show purposes.