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Known for their droopy eyes and long, floppy ears, Bloodhounds are a unique breed. Surprisingly, it’s not their striking features that make them popular. 

What’s makes them truly exceptional is their incredible sense of smell. So much so that USA Courts allow the results of their nosework to be presented as evidence!

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The Ultimate Guide to Bloodhounds

Key Characteristics Of Bloodhounds
How Can I Take Good Care Of A Bloodhound Puppy?
Most Asked Bloodhound Questions
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Known for their droopy eyes and long, floppy ears, Bloodhounds are a unique breed. Surprisingly, it’s not their striking features that make them popular. 

What makes them truly exceptional is their incredible sense of smell. So much so that US Courts allow the results of their nosework to be presented as evidence!


Bloodhound Origins

The Bloodhound can be traced as far back as the third century. Most people believe that they descended from the ancient Mediterranean dog breeds.

These dogs were developed in Europe long before the crusades. There are two main strains that were created at the time: the renowned St. Hubert’s Hound and the Southern Hound.

Those developed from St. Hubert’s line were black and were later exported to Great Britain. These are the dogs that evolved to become the Bloodhounds so well known today. On the other hand, the Southern Hounds were further developed to the present Talbot Hound that we see around. 

It’s assumed that St. Hubert’s Hounds were a favourite breed for church dignitaries and royalty. As a result, they were well taken care of. 

Their initial role was to track the scent of wounded wolves, deer and other large game. But as the deer population started to increase, the English sportsmen became more inclined to hunt fox. This task called for a breed that was much faster at tracking scent. Therefore, the Foxhound quickly replaced the Bloodhound in that area.

Bloodhounds, however, evolved and became the best breed for man trailing. They were used to track poachers, and ultimately, tons of other criminals. To date, these pups are widely used in the law enforcement sector. This is because of their excellent tracking abilities. 


Key Characteristics of Bloodhounds

Are Bloodhounds Family-Friendly?Since they are even-tempered and gentle, Bloodhounds make wonderful family pets.
Daily Exercise Needs?30 minutes to 2 hours.
Common Health Issues & ConsiderationsThese dogs are likely to suffer from:
● Hip and elbow dysplasia.
● Bloat.
● Epilepsy.
Lifespan10 to 12 years.
Nature / Temperament
Gentle but also relentless when pursuing a specific scent.
They are also strong, loving and stubborn.

Even though they look like teddy bears, these dogs are intelligent as they are trainable.
Male: 41 - 50 kg
Female: 36 - 45 kg

Male: 63 - 69 cm
Female: 58 - 63 cm
Suitable EnvironmentThrive best in a country or setting with lots of room to move.
GroomingBrush their coats weekly.

Other considerations:

The Bloodhounds are a ‘party animal’. In other words, they are very social; hence should not be left alone for a long time. If you have to be away from home, ensure there’s another family member or other pets present. These pets should be able to get along well with your hound. 
Bloodhounds make poor watch dogs. They just weren’t developed to have mean characters. Instead, they are gentle, kind and friendly to pretty much everyone.
They are very independent-minded, an aspect that makes them to come across as stubborn. If they encounter a scent, they will become unstoppable. For that reason, they should be kept on a leash and in fenced yards. 

● Use a gentle voice when training Bloodhounds. These dogs are highly sensitive to tones of voices as well as their owners’ moods.


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Bloodhounds are one of the dog breeds that’s prone to bloat. This is a life-threatening GI issue. The condition is characterised by air getting trapped in the stomach. This in turn impedes proper circulation.

You can prevent this by feeding your Bloodhounds a proper diet. More importantly, you should be wary of how often you feed them. Instead of 2 large meals, feed them 2 to 4 small meals. 

It’s also a good idea if you reduce exercise and water intake for at least an hour after they’ve eaten.


Bloodhounds have loose and thin coats, which are very soft to touch. As a result, you have to be gentle when grooming them. Luckily, they are not a high-maintenance breed. Brushing their coats once a week is enough. 

These dogs also shed seasonally. During that period you should invest in a shedding blade as it’s better at removing excess hair. 

Recommended grooming tips:

Clean their ears once every week. Their long, floppy ears can become the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria.
Bathe them only if it’s necessary. When bathing them, try using a hound glove, and a rough towel to make their coats look shiny.
Wipe their jowls often using a rag or towel. This is because they drool a lot.


It’s important to exercise your Bloodhound, more so in the first 2 – 3 years of their life. But, the activities you put them through need to be age-appropriate. For instance, puppies shouldn’t be over-exercised. 

If you notice that your puppy is sitting more frequently or limping, allow them to rest a bit. Older Bloodhounds, however, have no problem engaging in vigorous exercise activities. They make excellent jogging and running buddies.


If you’ve adopted a puppy, you might notice that they get distracted quickly. 

But, you should not let this deter you from carrying on with the training. Ultimately, they’ll grow out of this stubborn habit. For the best outcome, consider keeping the training sessions short. Instead of one long session, take them for several brief sessions throughout the day.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Bloodhound Questions

Are Bloodhounds active?

Despite their laid-back and somewhat lazy-like appearance, these dogs are highly active. They belong to the working breed of dogs. As such, they need to be taken for long walks or runs everyday.

Do Bloodhounds drool?

Despite their noble expressions, these dogs can drool a bit. So much so that they are nicknamed “slobberhound”.

Can Bloodhounds live in an apartment?

Yes, but only if their exercise needs are addressed.

How much are Bloodhounds?

Bloodhound for sale cost anywhere from $1500 – $2,300 approximately.

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