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Bloodhound History

The Bloodhound is a scent hound and member of the Hound Group. The Bloodhound’s name derives from the word “blood”, which refers to the dark, inky color of the dogs’ nose. The origin of this color is a mystery, but it has been suggested that the dark color aids the dog in picking up scents. The Bloodhound is one of hounds most closely related to the English Foxhound. The history of the Bloodhound dates back to around 2000 BC, when the Babylonians and Assyrians were the earliest known people to have domesticated bloodhounds. The Phoenicians are also believed to have had a version of the modern-day blood hound, and the Greeks and Romans used these hounds for tracking. In 2000 BC the Persians also developed a scent hounds, which has been the ancestor of the modern-day Afghan Hound. The Afghans also became popular in Europe, and were used by the Normans to scent out deer. The Normans brought the Afghans to England, where they became hugely popular and were used by hunters to track and track down their prey.

Time of Origin

Middle Ages

Country of Origin



Bouvier des Flandres, Talbot

Bloodhound Physical Characteristics

The Bloodhound is a very large, heavyset breed that typically stands between 29 and 31 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 100 and 150 pounds. They have long, muscular legs and a slender, deep-chested build. The Bloodhounds coat is usually white with red or black patches on the muzzle, head, and ears. They have very large, round eyes and a pendulous skin fold above their eyes. They are known for their strong scenting abilities. They are excellent hunting dogs, but are not suitable for apartment life.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 25 – 27 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 25 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 90 – 110 lbs

Female Weight Range: 80 – 100 lbs

Bloodhound Health

Description of breed health.


7-10 yrs

Bloodhound Health Concerns

Otitis Externa, Entropion, Gastric Torsion, Cherry Eye, Hip And Elbow Dysplasia, Bone And Joint Problems, Hypothyroidism

Bloodhound Temperament and Behaviour

The Bloodhound is a gentle, sensitive and good-natured breed that is easy to train. They are generally calm, but they can be stubborn and willful. They are extremely protective of their families and will bark at and chase away any intruder.

Bloodhound Activity Requirements

The Bloodhound is a sweet, gentle, and loyal dog. While they are not as high of an energy as some other breeds, they do require regular exercise. A daily walk or jog is the best way to provide your Bloodhound with adequate exercise. While they don’t require strenuous activity, they do need somewhere to expend some of their energy. This is also a great bonding opportunity for both of you. If you are thinking about getting a Bloodhound, keep in mind that they do require regular activity and supervision. This may not be the right pet for some people who have little time for their pet. However, if you enjoy your walks and are looking for a gentle and devoted companion, a Bloodhound may be the perfect dog for you.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Bloodhound is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Bloodhound is part of the Hound group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Bloodhound is part of the Hound group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Bloodhound is part of the Hound group.

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