By Maddy Bell
They have narrow heads that have a square outline. The bloodhound has a long neck, muscular shoulders, and strong forelegs.
The general tone of color of the animals eyes, vary from deep hazel to yellow. Bloodhounds also have very sharp teeth that have a scissor bite.
Weight: 80-90 lbs
Body functions: uses its sent to hunt
Size: medium to large sizes dog
Shape: long neck, muscular shoulders, strong legs and ribs
Snout: square outline, long, deep
Legs: large bones, strong feet, muscular thighs
Tail: long, sticks up
Coat: thin coat, loose skin
Compared to other purebred dogs, Bloodhounds suffer an unusually high rate of gastrointestinal ailments, with bloat being the most common type of gastrointestinal problem. The breed also suffers an unusually high incidence of eye, skin, and ear ailments.
References to bloodhounds first appear in English writing in the early to mid 14th century, in contexts that suggest the breed was well established by then. It is often claimed that its ancestors were brought over from Normandy by William the Conqueror, but there is no actual evidence for this.
They need a lot of exercise and most fall into the medium to high activity energy level. Exercise needs to be age and development stage appropriate. Bloodhound puppies put on 3-5 pounds a week, so don’t overdo with heavy pounding exercise on asphalt/concrete and hard surfaces during the little puppy, growing puppy, and teenage stages. Instead choose grassy, barked/mulched walking trails or areas for walks. Play with other dogs is healthy, but be aware that most Bloodhounds have no concept of their size or strength around small dogs or toddlers, so monitor play. Keep in mind that this breed is “little” for a very few short months of their life, but an extra large dog for 10+ years. Imagine the behavior that you will want in an adult Bloodhound, and set yourself up for success in the beginning months by training, and everyone in the family reinforcing those desired behaviors from the start. No one can do “pitiful” like a Bloodhound puppy, but stay strong and resolved, preparing for the adult years to come, because it is much easier to correct a 4 month old then an adult Bloodhound who has learned to be boss. There are many options for bloodhounds! Try trailing, tracking, obedience or agility. The American Bloodhound Club will be happy to provide you with advice and guidance in these pursuits.