" The Sleuthhound "
|Breed Origins: ||Belgium and France ( 700's ) |
|Breed usage: ||Hunting Dog: wolves, deer and large game|
|Dog Weight: ||80 - 110 Pounds |
|Dog Height: ||24 to 27 inches to the shoulder |
|Cost of Puppies: ||From $400 US Dollars |
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Information, Facts & Origins of the Bloodhound
The Bloodhound comes from the borders of France and Belgium. It is a dog of large size with a strong body and powerful chest. It was bred originally to hunt wolves, deer and large game. It's origins can be dated back to the 700's and it is classified as one of the Hound Dog Group which we go on to describe in detail in the section at the bottom of this page. Name Facts and Dog Names: This dog's name is often referred to as two separate words - Blood Hound.
Bloodhound Dog Names
The Bloodhound - A Scent Hound
The Bloodhound belongs to the collection of dogs referred to as Scent Hounds, which specialise in following the scent or the smell of its quarry. It wasn’t until the mid 1500's that hounds began to be classified according to their purpose, i.e. sight hounds, scent hounds, etc. Scent Hounds have distinctive characteristics, features and traits which are perfect for their purpose. They have large noses which have deep, open nostrils and their lips are loose and moist, designed to pick up scent particles and follow the trail of an animal. Their ears are long which concentrates the scent on the nose. Their bodies are designed for endurance, an essential asset when following any scent trail. Hunting takes different forms and as man opts for hunting their quarry either on foot or on horseback the scent hounds have been selectively bred to produce small legs, to enable a man to easily follow on foot, or longer legs suited to keep up with a man on horseback. Most scent hounds were used in packs - making a loud, deep baying noise alerting hunters to their location. As a pet the Bloodhound is gentle, independent, stubborn, and above all mellow - it loves to be part of the family. Its laid back attitude makes it somewhat difficult to obedience train.
Information, Facts & History of the Bloodhound Dog
The Bloodhound is famous for its 'dogged' ability to follow a cold scent many days old, over vast distances. It is built for endurance and can follow a scent across all of the main elements - in the air, across the water and over land. The ancestors of today's Bloodhound were derived from the Ardennes region in Belgium and in Brittany in the 700's and were known as the St Hubert strain after the monk Francois Hubert, who was subsequently canonised and became the patron saint of hunters. St Hubert's Day is remembered on the 3rd November when there is a traditional blessing of the hounds at the little Chapel of St Hubert. The Bloodhound is therefore known by the other names of the St Hubert Hound and the French variant the Chien du St Hubert. The St Hubert bloodhounds were crossed with other white French hounds and from these
came the early Talbot hounds who came to England with the Talbot family with William the Conqueror in 1066. The Talbot family, who came from Normandy, and were later granted the title of the Earls of Shrewsbury. Other names for Bloodhounds were the Sleuth hound, Slot or Slough hound ('Slot' meaning to track). Their Latin name was Sanguinarius. Monarchs traditionally gave gifts of dogs to the rulers of other countries. The French King who sent St Hubert hounds to Queen Elizabeth I and it is documented that the Queen's favourite, the Earl of Essex, kept 800 of these hounds. Another famous monarch, Queen Victoria, had several Bloodhounds which were presented to her by Sir Edwin Landseer, who painted many famous Bloodhounds. The name Bloodhound was derived, not from any blood thirsty reasons as might be supposed, but because of the Royal connections with the breed and the pure blood associated with it.
It was during the 1600's that hounds (although not necessarily Bloodhounds) were really first used to hunt sheep stealers and poachers. One of the first recorded arrests of a man by a Bloodhound in the 19th century was in 1810. It took place in the New Forest in England. The bloodhound’s name was besmirched by bad press and novels such as 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' which told of slaves escaping captivity and being mercilessly hounded by the Bloodhound. Many people believed stories that Bloodhounds trailed people out of a lust for blood! The poor bloodhound is such a gentle creature with amazing scenting ability - so much so that the Testimony of a Bloodhound's man trailing results is acceptable in almost any court. The dog is still used as a police dog to track missing people, fleeing suspects, or escaped prisoners. Perhaps one of the lasting images people always have of a bloodhound is his association with detectives and of course on of his names is that of the Sleuthhound!
Description of the Bloodhound Dog and Puppies - Coat and Colours info
The Bloodhound's coat comes in a range of the following colours: Red, Black/Tan or Red/Tan. The coat is short, smooth & weatherproof.
Dog Health information - potential health problems of the Bloodhounds
All owners of dogs and puppies are concerned about the health care of their pets and just as with humans dog health issues arise from time to time. Resolving dog health problems, including those of the Bloodhound, can prove to be costly and it would be wise to consider the benefits of obtaining dog health insurance. Diseases in dogs may occur because of trauma, infection, immune system abnormalities, genetic factors, or degenerative conditions. Common health problems and questions occur in relation to the Bones, Joints, Muscles, Nerves, Ears, Eyes, Teeth and the Mouth. Other, more serious, issues can relate to the Digestive System, Heart & Respiratory Systems, Immune & Blood Systems, Reproduction and Urinary Systems. Potential health problems of the Bloodhound may be checked via the Dog Symptoms Sorter, but can include:
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia (abnormal development of joints referred to as CHD - Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia)
- Entropion (the inversion, or turning inward, of the border of the eyelid against the eyeball)
- Gastric Torsion
Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
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Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
This describes the most common canine health problems concisely but simply without using medical jargon. A section on Dog and Puppy Vaccinations is also included offering information on each of the diseases, symptoms and effects for which immunization vaccines are available. Not sure of the name of the dog or puppy illness? A Dog Illness Symptoms Sorter is also featured. The Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems should only be used as an informational guide and when and if any dog or puppies health problems occur it is essential to raise any questions you may have with a Dog Health care professional.
Description of the Bloodhound Dog and Puppies - Comparative Sizing Pictures & info
The pictures above allow for a useful sizing perspective between an average man (Five feet ten inches) or an average sized woman (Five feet six inches) in comparison to the average sized Bloodhound dog which we have detailed above. These pictures are extremely important as they provide an immediate and accurate visual representation of the height of an average Bloodhound compared to the height of a male or female - essential information but unique to this site. Use the pictures to help to estimate the size of this breed of dog to each the various growing stages of children. Use the pictures to provide a guideline to the adult size of Bloodhound Puppies. The pictures will also prove to be invaluable when comparing the sizes and heights of other dog breeds. The dimensions will vary according to the sex of the dog or puppy. Girl dogs, or bitches, are on average, 2 inches smaller than boy dogs. Another useful piece of information when considering puppies.
Information on Grooming and Care of the Bloodhound Dog Breed
The Bloodhound requires a high amount of grooming - its facial wrinkles require daily cleaning. Regardless of the breeds, a certain amount of grooming and care is necessary to keep dogs and puppies looking at their best. Grooming consists of not only brushing out the coat and bathing but also giving attention to the eyes, teeth, ears, feet and nails. A regular routine also ensures that any potential health problems are identified as quickly as possible, especially important in puppies and older dogs.
Information on the Temperament and Character of the Bloodhound Dog Breed
The Bloodhound is a very sociable breed, enjoying the company of humans, they are gentle, independent, stubborn, and above all mellow - it loves to be part of the family and can be very affectionate. Its laid back attitude makes it somewhat difficult to obedience train. This dog makes a good house pet. It is reserved with strangers and relies on its acute scent of smell when encountering anyone or anything that is new.
Living conditions and Exercise Requirements of the Bloodhound Dog Breed
The Bloodhound dogs and puppies are not well suited to living in the town because it requires a substantial amount of exercise. It must be exercised in a safe area. It does well living inside or outdoors. The indoor Bloodhound is messy - it drools a lot and leaves a trail of the drooled substance. These dogs are reasonably quiet, only barking when disturbed or for good reason.
BloodHound - Puppies Info and Names
The Puppies section, accessed via the Site Index, provides detailed information about Choosing the right puppy, Puppy Training, Puppy Care and Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development. We recommend that the following considerations should always be taken into account when choosingBloodhound puppies:
- Budget - Purchasing, training, equipment, medication and feeding costs of the breed
- Convenience and Grooming time e.g. long or short hair
- Personal situation - time available and medical conditions such as allergies, asthma or back pain
- Exercising requirements for the Bloodhound breed
- Living Conditions for the breed - suitability for puppies
- Family - child suitability
Children and Puppies!
The pictures above allow for a useful comparison of sizes providing an accurate portrait of the size of an average Bloodhound - essential information and unique to this site. It should also be noted that the pictures feature adults. The size of puppies are naturally considerably smaller and the full grown size of the animal can easily be forgotten when confronted with cute puppies! The slogan " A dog isn't just for Christmas - it's for life!" was necessitated by well meaning people buying puppies at the Christmas, unaware of the puppies growth rate. The pictures provided make it extremely clear exactly how small puppies will develop and whether it will suit the life and living conditions of the family.
Age comparison between the Bloodhound Dog Breed and a Human
Age comparisons between dogs and humans are always a matter of debate - we hope that the following information clarifies the situation. After the first year of life, a dog is equivalent to sixteen human years. After two years, they are equivalent to a 24 year old, at three years a 30 year old, and each year after, add 5 human years to determine a dog's age.
Life Expectancy of the Bloodhound Dog Breed
The life expectancy for this particular breed is between 7 – 10 years.
Hound Dog Breed Information
As implied by its name the Hound has been bred to chase a quarry by sight or smell, or a combination of both senses. Sighthounds have exceptional eyesight, combined with the speed and stamina necessary to catch the intended prey once seen, typical examples being the Greyhound and the Whippet. Hounds which rely strongly on the sense of smell to follow the trail of a prey, such as the Bloodhound, quite literally follow their noses, speed and eyesight is of less importance.
Characteristics and features have been introduced and strengthened by breeding from animals who already demonstrated the desired traits. Breeding for appearance was only introduced in the 19th Century. Before this time dogs and puppies were bred to increase useful abilities and traits helpful for the duties they were intended for. Thus, the various hound breeds were initially introduced to help man according to specific requirements such as:
- Hunting and running down small quarry
- Flushing out and Driving game
- Vermin Hunting
- Guard duties
In this day and age only a few hounds still undertake these tasks, but nevertheless, they still harbour the skills and characteristics that made the original Blood hound dog breeding program successful.
The Hound Breed Group of dogs differ in that some hunt by scent and others by sight. Many hounds are kept in packs, in outdoor kennels. Any dogs and puppies belonging to the Hound breeds require a significant amount of exercise as they have high stamina levels suitable for hunting quarry. There are some breeds in this group who make a distinctive ' baying ' sound - invaluable information should be considering puppies. The pictures above allow for a useful size comparison providing an accurate portrait of the size of an average Bloodhound dog - essential information but unique to this site.
Examples of other Breeds within the Hound Dog Group
The Hound group of dogs includes the Blood hound and all of the following breeds:
Afghans, Foxhounds, Basenjis, Bassets, Beagles, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Borzoi, Dachshunds, English Foxhounds, Greyhounds, Harriers, Irish Wolfhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens, American Fox hounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds and Whippets. Name Facts and Dog Names: This dog's name is often referred to as two separate words - Blood Hound. Pictures and information about all of the above Hound Dog breeds, together with all other dog groups, may be found on this website via the following links: