The Bloodhound was originally bred for the purpose of helping hunters track boar and deer over long distances, primarily due to their extraordinary sense of smell. A highly regarded scent-hound, these dogs today continue to have a multitude of important applications. With the ability to track humans based off a small sample scent, Bloodhounds are used by law enforcement agencies worldwide to help track down lost children, missing persons, and escaped prisoners. Somewhat unique in appearance, Bloodhounds have a large skeletal bone structure, and so are quite thick considering their length. Temperament-wise, Bloodhounds are typically gentle giants, however when tracking a scent will work endlessly until its source is found.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Bloodhounds are a very large breed, and as such are in no way fit for apartment living. These dogs thrive in the outdoors, and so are the ideal breed for people with large backyards. It is of paramount importance that this backyard is securely fenced, as if these dogs pick up a scent that they find interesting, they will follow it at any cost. Bloodhounds have particularly high exercise needs constituting between 30 to 60 minutes a day, and so active puppy-seekers that enjoy exercise are best for this breed. Due to their overwhelming height and weight, these dogs can jeopardise the welfare of small children, and so it is recommended that families with growing kids consider other breeds. Bloodhounds shed regularly and also are prone to slobbering, so those who consider themselves clean-freaks are not suited for this breed.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Ectropion, Entropion, Epilepsy, Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (Bloat), Fold Dermatitis.