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Origin: Belgium

AKC Group: Hound

Height: 23 inches (Male)

Weight: 80 pounds (Male)

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Male height: 
23 inches
Male weight: 
80 pounds
Short, thick and hard.
Black and tan, liver and tan, and red.

The modern Bloodhound traces his history back more than 1,000 years to the monastery of St. Hubert in Belgium. The "St. Hubert Hounds" were mostly black in color and were slow, deliberate, heavy-skinned tracking dogs with persistence, exquisite noses and melodious voices. They originally cold trailed game such as wolves, big cats and deer, or they followed the trail of wounded game. The breed contributed to the development of many European hounds, especially the cold trailing types. When the Normans conquered England in 1066, the St. Hubert Hounds made their way across the Channel and to England, where they were crossed with Talbot Hounds and Southern Hounds and were eventually called Bloodhounds. The breed's name did not derive from its ability to track a blood trail, however, but because it was used exclusively by the nobility (i.e., only those of "noble blood").

The Bloodhound is a kind-souled, affectionate hound who gets along with everyone. Large and loose skinned, he is a presence wherever he goes. Because he was bred to be single-minded and persistent, the Bloodhound is often more interested in what's on the ground than what you're trying to show or tell him. Despite his stubborn streak, his sweet nature and gentle good humor make him a great pet for owners willing to put in the time to train him.
At home: 
A Bloodhound can do well in an apartment, suburban home, or farm, provided he gets a few walks a day. No matter what his living environment, there's one thing every Bloodhound owner needs to be prepared for: drool, and lots of it. He needs a safely enclosed yard, as he can be a tireless digger and a fence jumper.
While the Bloodhound doesn't require vigorous exercise, he is a large dog who needs regular exercise to keep his mind and body sharp. Walks on a long leash in a park where he can really find and track scents make him happiest.
Bloodhounds love to eat and need a high-quality diet. Their chowhound tendencies may cause them to eat inappropriate items, like gloves, toilet paper or whatever's in the garbage - a dog-proofed home is essential with a Bloodhound.
The Bloodhound is incredibly impressive at following a track, but ask him for a quick "come," and you may be pressing your luck. It's not that he doesn't want to do what you ask of him - it's just that he isn't inclined to think that it's that important. Positive and consistent training works best with this breed.
Bloodhounds tend to be friendly with most people and get along well with children. They do well with other dogs but can't be trusted around smaller pets, whom they may see as prey.
The average life span of the Bloodhound is 10 to 12 years. Breed health concerns include bloat; ear infections; entropion; and hip dysplasia.
Fun fact: 

The Bloodhound is still called the St. Hubert Hound in Belgium and some other non-English-speaking countries.

Grooming blurb: 
It's not the fur on a Bloodhound that will demand your attention, although it does need brushing to remove dead hair and stimulate the skin. Instead, it's the wrinkles on his face and his large, droopy ears that will keep you busy. The folds and sags are prone to injury and infection, and the ears must be kept clean.
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