From “McGruff the Crime Dog” to “Trusty” in Lady and the Tramp, Bloodhounds have been well represented in popular culture over the years. While their droopy eyes and floppy ears give them a distinct (almost sad) appearance, don’t be fooled by their looks. This breed, known for its super-powered sniffer, is a great family dog that is full of fun and energy.
Male: 90-110 lbs.
Female: 80-100 lbs.
Bloodhounds may like lounging quietly indoors, but they have plenty of energy to burn once they get outside! Be prepared for at least two hours of exercise every day. Bloodhounds have great stamina and will walk for hours on end, particularly if they pick up an interesting scent with their turbo-powered noses.
While Bloodhounds are fairly average on the shedding scale — a quick pass with a lint roller should do the trick — their long jowls are rarely slobber-free. Expect to wipe drool off your clothes and furniture, in return for some slobbery kisses from your furry friend.
Barking and Volume:
Indoors, a Bloodhound will be quiet and docile, but once outside, this energetic breed likes to make itself known with a loud, distinctive howl.
Bloodhounds can be hard to handle due to their super sniffers and love of tracking. It is important that members of this breed receive firm and consistent training when young to ensure that they won’t overpower their parent while out on daily walks. Assistance from a professional trainer would be a definite benefit.
Possible Health Factors: Bloating, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye and ear problems, fold dermatitis and hypothyroidism. * A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is sufficient.
Training: Call in a pro. This breed can be difficult to train and requires firm, consistent training to help with behavioral issues.
The Bloodhound’s long ears get dirty easily (especially when they dangle in the food bowl) and must be cleaned every day. Drooping eyes should also be checked and cleaned regularly. However, the Bloodhound’s short coat is a breeze to care for, requiring only the occasional brushing.
Bloodhounds are excellent family dogs and their placid, social nature makes them a great companion for children. However, special attention must be paid when the dog is interacting with a smaller child. The Bloodhound is very heavy as an adult and may overpower, and accidentally injure, a small child accidentally.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
With their gentle nature, it’s no surprise that the Bloodhound gets on well with other animals. The breed is non-aggressive and will live happily with other dogs and household pets.
Friendliness Towards People:
If you’re looking for a skilled guard dog, the Bloodhound isn’t the breed for you. This gentle, good-natured dog is thrilled to receive attention from anyone and everyone and will happily greet strangers and family members alike.
BE PREPARED FOR:
Long walks and lots of slobbery kisses from this lovable, playful pal.