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Bloodhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Bloodhound so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Hunting Dogs
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OriginFrance Belgium
Other Names
What other names does the Bloodhound have? The dog breed also known as...
St. Hubert Hound, Chien St. Hubert, Sleuth Hound, St. Bernhardshund, Bernhardiner
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Bloodhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Bloodhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Bloodhound breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Bloodhound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Bloodhound price:
$800-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Bloodhound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Bloodhound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bloodhound gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Bloodhound size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Bloodhound weigh? Bloodhound weight:
Male: 90-110 pounds (41-50 kg), Female: 80-100 pounds (36-45 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Bloodhound? Bloodhound average weight:
Male: 100 pounds (45.5 kg), Female: 90 pounds (40.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bloodhound? Bloodhound height:
Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 23-25 inches (58-63 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Bloodhound average height:
Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 24 inches (60.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Bloodhound have? What does this canine coat look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Bloodhound's coat?
TanRedLiverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Bloodhound and how often?
Easy to groom: The Bloodhound doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Bloodhound is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Bloodhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the St. Hubert Hound? Bloodhound shedding level:
Bloodhounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bloodhound have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateGentleIndependentOutrightTemperedStubborn
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bloodhound? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Bloodhound's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Bloodhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bloodhounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Bloodhound is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Bloodhound sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Bloodhounds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Bloodhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the St. Hubert Hound need? Bloodhound social needs:
Bloodhounds need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Bloodhound dogs bark a lot? Why does my Chien St. Hubert bark?
High: The Bloodhound is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Bloodhound good as a watchdog?
Bloodhounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Bloodhound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Bloodhounds can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Bloodhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the St. Hubert Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bloodhound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Bloodhound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bloodhound do?
Bloodhounds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bloodhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bloodhound to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Bloodhound roam?
Bloodhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Bloodhound have high prey drive?
Bloodhounds have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Bloodhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Bloodhounds are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Bloodhounds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Bloodhounds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Bloodhound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Bloodhounds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Bloodhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Bloodhound and children:
Bloodhounds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bloodhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Bloodhounds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Bloodhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Bloodhound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Bloodhounds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Bloodhound can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Bloodhounds good office dogs? Do Bloodhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Bloodhounds be ofiice dogs?
No
Bloodhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Bloodhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the St. Hubert Hound temperament with senior people? Are Bloodhound dogs good for elderly owners?
Bloodhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Bloodhound dogs get along with other pets? Are Bloodhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Bloodhounds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Bloodhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Bloodhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Bloodhound be a service dog?
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Bloodhound breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Bloodhound be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Bloodhound breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Bloodhound be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Bloodhound breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Bloodhound be a search and rescue dog?
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Bloodhound breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Bloodhound be a boat dog?
Not really
Bloodhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Bloodhound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Bloodhound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Bloodhound dogs have health problems?
Very healthy dog breed. The Bloodhound rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Bloodhound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Bloodhound breed? Health risks of Bloodhound:
BloatEctopic CiliaEctropionElbow DysplasiaEntropionEpilepsyHip DysplasiaHypothyroidism
Life Expectancy
How long do Bloodhound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Bloodhound be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bloodhound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Bloodhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bloodhound have?
Bloodhounds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Bloodhound dogs require per day?
Bloodhounds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Bloodhounds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Bloodhound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 4 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Bloodhound risk for obesity:
Average. The Bloodhound has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bloodhound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
High
The Bloodhound has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Bloodhound drool?
The Bloodhound is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Bloodhound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Bloodhound puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Bloodhound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Bloodhound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bloodhound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
8-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Bloodhound

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Bloodhound's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Bloodhounds are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Bloodhound doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Child Friendly: Bloodhounds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Bloodhounds are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Bloodhounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Bloodhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Bloodhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Bloodhounds are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The Bloodhound is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Stinkiness: The Bloodhound has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Bloodhounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Mouthiness: Bloodhounds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Bloodhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Bloodhounds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Bloodhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Bloodhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Reviews

  • Theressa

    Mar 15, 2020, 1:47:57 PM:

    Love this breed. Very loving, playful, loyal, loves to cuddle, can be stubborn until you get the upper hand. Big Clowns!

  • sarmarjay

    Dec 11, 2019, 2:52:51 PM:

    i like bloodhound