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Bloodhound

Bloodhound Dog

Bloodhound Dog

BREED HISTORY

This droopy breed is said to be directly descended from the packs of hounds belonging to St Hubert, patron saint of hunters, in the 7th century. These dogs were maintained for centuries by Benedictine monks at the Abbaye de Saint-Hubert in the Ardennes, and by tradition six dogs were sent every year to the King of France for the royal packs.

Taken to Britain by the Normans, the same lines became known as the bloodhound, referring not to an ability to scent blood, but to a dog of “pure” blood, belonging to the nobility. The breed has been shown and recognized in Britain since the earliest dog shows.
BREED QUALITIES

The Bloodhound is a kind, patient, noble, mild-mannered and lovable dog. Gentle, affectionate and excellent with children. This is truly a good natured companion. These dogs are so good-natured that they will lie there and meekly let children clamber all over them. This breed loves all the attention they receive from them. To be fair to your Bloodhound, make sure your children do not pester or hurt the dog, because Bloodhounds will sit there and take it, which would not be fair to the dog. Very energetic outdoors and boisterous when young, determined and independent. It needs firm, but gentle training. With an owner who displays anything but a natural, calm but stern authority will bring out a streak of willfulness.

The new owner of a Bloodhound will need to have plenty of patience and to possess great tact for consistent leadership for training to succeed. Clear rules need to be set and followed. If you show signs of being a meek owner, this dog will not listen to you. Do not expect too much by way of obedience from this dog. They  are naturally gentle animals but they are not easy to obedience train.

If they catch a scent of something it can be hard to redirect their attention back to you if you are out of physical range of them. Males go through puberty in-between the age of 1 and 2 years. They can be quite a handful at that time and one really needs to make sure they are being a firm pack leader, but after age 2, with the proper leadership, training, stimulation and consistency, they will mellow out a bit.

Socialize well to prevent them from becoming timid. It is very important that this dog is taken for a daily pack walk. Bloodhounds who are lacking in mental and or physical exercise will be hard to handle. A Bloodhound becomes devoted to its master and gets along well with people. This dog loves everyone and some will greet wanted and unwanted visitors happily.

For more information on the Bloodhound.

Websites related to Bloodhound Breeders, Clubs and Rescue Groups.

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