Bloodhound Dog Breed
Description: The Bloodhound is a large, if not, massive hound. The back of the dog is very strong. We see a long head that is fairly narrow, in proportion to the body. The muzzle is long and the nose is large and black.
The Bloodhounds eyes are large with the lower lips of the eyes being dragged downward and turning outward. The eyes are deep and colours vary from yellow to a deep brown. They have thin drooping ears that add to the total caricature of the dog, these are set low.
The Bloodhound has copious amounts of baggy skin, with even more around the head and neck. It has strong, muscular legs that are straight. The tail is high with a slight curve that can be seen over the top of the top line. Their coat is wrinkled but short. It is hard to the touch, but has softer hair on the ears and skull. Colours are liver and tan, black and tan and red and tawny. There can be a small amount of white on the feet, chest and stern.
History: This is a breed that is over 1000 years old. It was perfected by Monks of St. Hubert. Later this breed was brought to England by the Normans and from there they have gone global. It has been known as the Flemish Hound. This dog lives to hunt but is not a keen killer. Tracking is a firm favourite with this breed, and they have been used for tracking criminals, slaves that have run away and the odd lost child but mostly they have and are still used as a tracker for animals.
Temperament: This is a loving dog that shows patience, gentleness and is a well mannered dog. This is a good natured dog and can even tolerate very young children climbing over them, not that this gentle nature should be taken advantage of. With its wish for lots of attention, it still manages to hold on to its independence and determination. This breed needs firm but gentle handling at all times. Good leadership is a must. The male dogs go through a teen patch, where you will have to hold your ground. Regarding training this dog is not top of the class and basic obedience is all you can ask for. Clear reinforced rules work well, beside great leadership from the owner. Socializing this dog is important as well as long daily walks. This breeds tracking is so good that it is admissible in a court of law. They have been used to track children that are lost, and the odd criminal as well. Holding this great skill in mind when you are out walking, as keeping this breed on a lead is a must.
Health issues: This breed can get bloat, so feed this dog in small meals a few times a day. Hip dysplasia can happen. Entropion with the eyes and ear infections.
Grooming: This coat can be looked after with a hound glove, bathing only when really necessary. You have to clean the ears well and regularly. This dog has a distinctive smell that is just part and parcel of the breed.
Living conditions: This breed will do well in a flat but only if you really walk them well. It is best to have a garden that is well fenced for this breed.