Bloodhound Breed Profile


The Bloodhound possesses, in a most marked degree, every point and characteristic of those dogs which hunt together by scent (Sagaces). He is very powerful, and stands over more ground than is usual with hounds of other breeds. The skin is thin to the touch and extremely loose, this being more especially noticeable about the head and neck, where it hangs in deep folds.


The colors are black and tan, liver and tan, and red; the darker colors being sometimes interspersed with lighter or badger-colored hair, and sometimes flecked with white.


In temperament he is extremely affectionate, neither quarrelsome with companions nor with other dogs. His nature is somewhat shy, and equally sensitive to kindness or correction by his master.


The Bloodhounds originated in Constantinople and came in two strains; black and white. The breed we know today comes from the Ardennes region of central Europe and were used primarily for large game hunting and tracking. They were also used as Man-Trackers, used by Army Scouts to track criminals. The BloodhoundÆs name does not mean what he tracks, but rather that they were blooded; of pure lines.

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