Breed Summary

The Bloodhound possesses a long, narrow head, sweeping ears, strong and muscular legs, large body, long tail, and deep-set eyes that complete an expression of solemn dignity. Their skin is thin to touch, loose and wrinkled on the face and loose skin on the neck and throat. They are very intelligent and active dogs. He is powerful and stands over more ground than is usual with hounds of other breeds.

Country of Origin: Belgium

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 49 of 196

AKC Classification: Hound Group

UKC Classification: Scent hounds

Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 23-25 inches, Male: 25-27 inches

Weight: Female: 80-100 lbs.; Male: 90-110 lbs.

Physical traits: Long, Strong, Muscular body

Coat: Length: Short

Characteristics: Flat

Colors: Black and tan, liver and tan, red

Overall Grooming Needs: High

Personality traits/Temperament: Friendly, Independent, Inquisitive

Energy Level: Average

Tendency to Drool: High

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Moderate

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: High


Like other large, deep-chested dogs, Bloodhounds can develop some life-threatening conditions like bloat. Their life expectancy is 10 to 12 years. Bloodhound owners should educate themselves to recognize the symptoms of this life-threatening condition, and know what to do should it happen. Bloodhounds are notorious for eating anything and everything, which can often lead to vet visits. Their low-hanging ears should be checked daily for any sign of infection and wax. The teeth should be brushed regularly and their wrinkled skin needs to be checked for any skin problems like dermatitis, skin allergies, etc. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential.


The Bloodhound needs high-quality dog food to fulfil its nutritional requirement. Any diet should be appropriate according to the different dog’s stage (puppy, adult, or senior). Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so monitor your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level on a frequent basis. Don’t provide human foods that are not safe for them. Consult with your veterinarian in case of any emergency.


As with all breeds, early socialization and puppy training classes are essential for Bloodhound. They are intelligent, affectionate, and devoted and also have an independent streak, so their training requires patience, consistency, and skill. Bloodhounds like to take charge, so an owner needs to be firm but kind. Once they learn to do something, they’ll be inclined to do it that way for the rest of their lives, so it’s important to train the behavior correctly the first time. Positive rewards, such as treats and praise, can make the training enjoyable.


Bloodhound, was bred to follow a scent for hours on end, is an active dog who requires daily exercise. These hounds were bred to hunt and have a powerful instinct to chase after any small animal they smell, so the yard has to have a tall, solid fence, and the walk has to be on a leash. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. Bloodhounds are great diggers and escape artists, so the backyard needs to be securely fenced to avoid their escape.

Fun Fact

A Bloodhound can follow a 300 hours old scent trail. They have approximately 250-300 million scent receptors — the most of any breed.


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