A hunter with a love for tracking, the Bloodhound, does well around kids but house trains slowly.
Bloodhound Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


23-27 Inches


80-110 Lbs.


7-12 years

Bloodhound Information

The Bloodhound is one of the oldest breeds.

The Bloodhound is a large, short-haired breed of dog noted for its ability to track human beings by scent. It is a descendant of hounds used in England to track deer and foxes. 

Bloodhounds have an excellent sense of smell and are often used to track missing persons and fugitives and detect illegal drugs or explosives. Bloodhounds are often used in search and rescue operations, as they can find people who are lost or missing.

Their sense of smell is so acute that they can track a person by scent even if the person has been gone for days.

The Bloodhound is a large breed of dog, with males weighing up to 110 pounds (50 kilograms) and females weighing up to 90 pounds (41 kilograms). They are long-bodied dogs with a short, dense coat, typically black, tan, or liver in color.

Bloodhounds have large, drooping ears and a wrinkled face.

Bloodhounds are gentle, loyal, and affectionate dogs. They are good with children and other pets and make excellent working dogs. However, they require plenty of exercise and may be too active for some families. 

Bloodhound Exercise Needs

The Bloodhound is a working breed of dog, and as such, requires plenty of exercise. 

They should be taken on at least one long walk or hike per day, and allowed to run and play off-leash in a safe area. Bloodhounds also enjoy tracking games, nosework, and other activities that engage their

Bloodhound Training

Bloodhounds are intelligent dogs but can be stubborn and difficult to train. They require patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement from their owners. 

Gentle, firm methods should be used for training. Harsh training methods will not work with this breed and may damage the dog’s trust in its owner.

Bloodhound Health Issues

The Bloodhound is a relatively healthy dog breed, but some health problems are associated with the breed. These include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, and epilepsy. Bloodhounds also tend to be overweight, and owners should be careful not to overfeed their dogs.

Bloodhound Grooming

Bloodhounds are relatively easy to groom and only require occasional brushing. Their short coats do not require much maintenance and shed only moderate amounts of hair. Bloodhounds should be bathed as needed, but over-bathing can strip the natural oils from their skin and coat.

Breed Identification


Black And Tan, Liver And Tan, And Red



Breed Care


Once a week


More than an hour per day


Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Entropion, Elbow Dysplasia, Fold Dermatitis

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