Bloodhound – Dog breeds
Bloodhound – Dog breeds
Breed group: Hounds
Weight: Male: 90-110, Female: 80-100 lbs
Height: Male: 25-27, Female: 23-25 inches
Bloodhounds are an ancient dog breed and its origins are not fully known. However, they are known to have been perfected by monks in Belgium. The Normans first brought these dogs to England and the United States. Bloodhound is a hunting dog, but they like to track more. Seeing as these dogs are scent hounds, they will quickly lose interest and rather follow the scent. These dogs are often used as companions and trackers, especially to track down game, lost children and criminals.
Bloodhound is a gentle, tolerant, dignified, easy-going and charming dog. They love to show affection and are very good with children. They are good-natured companion dogs that allow children to climb on them. Bloodhounds love attention, especially from children. However, children should be taught not to hurt these dogs as these dogs will not object at all. This breed is full of energy and very lively, especially when they are still young. These dogs have a tendency to be unruly, but are generally very gentle. A bloodhound will get along with everyone and will welcome both wanted and unwanted guests without warmth. However, some will bark to let you know when strangers are nearby. They will get along quite well with other dogs and family pets – however they tend to drool and snore quite a bit. The bloodhound is capable of chasing any scent, even human scent. This is a very unusual ability in any dog. These dogs are known to be able to follow tracks that are over 100 years old. They will also stay on a trail for more than 100 miles because they are so determined. However, these dogs must be fenced or they will wander off. Most greyhounds cannot be bred without a leash.
The Bloodhound is low maintenance, but it is important to clean under the folds of their skin to avoid dry and itchy skin. They also need to be brushed frequently to remove excess and dead hair, as they can shed a lot depending on the season. This breed has long and droopy ears and should be cleaned frequently to avoid ears that are infected and painful.
The bloodhound must be trained in a firm but gentle manner. They can be stubborn, but owners of these dogs must be patient.
It is very important to be consistent when training these dogs as they will know how to bypass training by their pitiful looks. Although these dogs are not very obedient, they are very calm animals. They often make up their own minds rather than following the orders of their coaches.
Although this is quite a difficult breed, they do have several health conditions that potential owners should be aware of, such as hip dysplasia, gastric torsion and elbow dysplasia, eyelid inversion, and excessive skin folds and wrinkles.
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