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Bloodhound - Breed profile:

Origin: England / France
Colors: Black and tan, liver and tan, and red
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: A lot of exercise needed
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Can be slightly dog-aggressive
Dominance: Low
Noise: Likes to bay

Physical characteristics

Bloodhounds look very mighty and massive. They have long hanging ears, a long muzzle, and deeply set eyes of hazel to yellow colour. The skin on the muzzle is pretty loose, which usually gives the dog a doleful expression. The height ranges from 23 to 27 inches, and the weight is 80 to 110 pounds. Females tend to be smaller and less tall.

Temperament

The look of a Bloodhound is somewhat delusive. You may think that these dogs are clumsy and lazy, but this is absolutely wrong. They are very energetic outdoors and will often surprise you with its ardour. Along with that, Bloodhounds are kind, patient, and very affectionate. They tend to be wilful so you will have to train your dog patiently and firmly. Bloodhounds are excellent with children, but may not like non-canine pets. They also have a very strong tracking instinct, so they can be tireless following a scent. Be sure to remain a pack leader and all times and socialize your dog well.

Coat and grooming

The coat of Bloodhounds is short and smooth. It is easy to groom with a hound's glove. Occasional brushing should be fine. These dogs do not shed much, but their coat has a specific dog odour that can be repulsive to some people.

Health

Sometimes Bloodhounds suffer from stomach cramps and ear infections. Thus, you should clean the ears on a regular basis.
The lifespan of Bloodhounds is about 10-12 years.

Other interesting facts

According to the Guinness Book of Records, a Bloodhound named Tigger is an owner of the longest dog ears in the world.