Bloodhound

Bloodhound are not scary looking as their name suggests! With their droopy eyelids and long ears they are always ready for a cuddle. With short, smooth coats this breed doesn't require much grooming and makes a great addition to any family.

 

 

Other Names
St Hubert Hound, Chien du St Hubert
Country of Origin
Belgium
Colour
Typically tan, liver and tan and black and tan.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
This breed measures between 58 - 69cms and weighs between 36 to 50kgs.
Health
This breed is relatively free from serious hereditary and congenital conditions, although hip and elbow dysplasia have been reported. The most common problems are eye-related due to the lower eyelids drooping, debris gathering and infections setting in. Owing to their long, pendant ears, infections are also common therein. This breed is also known to suffer from bloat and complications in bone growth.Common ailments: Bones (Developmental) - Elbow dysplasia, Bones (Developmental) - Hip dysplasia, Complication in bone growth, Ear infections, Eye - Ectropion, Eye - Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS)/ Dry Eye, Stomach - Gastric dilation Bloat
Life Span
8-10 years
Intelligence
Bloodhounds have great affection for their owners but can be very sensitive. Patience is needed when training this breed and consistency is key. To maintain their mental health, tracking classes and trials are recommended.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
High
Feeding

These dogs are very large eaters and it will cost around $10 per week to feed them.

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Because of their size and growth rate, do not over-exercise as puppies. Care must be taken in the first year to ensure their bones and joints are given a proper chance to grow. They have phenominal stamina and, as adults, will need plenty exercise. Make sure the garden is well-fenced as they are primarily tracking dogs, and, once on the trail of an enticing smell, will be desperate to find its source! Their sense of smell is said to be two million times greater than that of a humans'! If not given sufficient exercise they can be boisterous! They will be about 3 years old before they reach full maturity.
Ailments
This breed is relatively free from serious hereditary and congenital conditions, although hip and elbow dysplasia have been reported. The most common problems are eye-related due to the lower eyelids drooping, debris gathering and infections setting in. Owing to their long, pendant ears, infections are also common therein. This breed is also known to suffer from bloat and complications in bone growth.Common ailments: Bones (Developmental) - Elbow dysplasia, Bones (Developmental) - Hip dysplasia, Complication in bone growth, Ear infections, Eye - Ectropion, Eye - Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS)/ Dry Eye, Stomach - Gastric dilation Bloat
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

A brush over once in a while will suffice to remove loose and dead hairs. No trimming is ever required. However, regular checks should be made of their ears and eyes to ensure early diagnosis of any infections.

Grooming Frequency
Up to once a week
Trimming
None
The Bloodhound originated within the monastery of St Huberts and were initially named St Hubert Hounds. They were previously used to track wolves, deer, wild cats and find wounded game. The modern breed is still referred to as the Chien du St Hubert in its native Belgium. The Bloodhound was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1885.


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