American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Bloodhound


History

Known as the oldest hound perfected by Monks and dating back over one thousand years ago, the Bloodhound can take responsibility for many of the hound breeds we know today. This breed is known for their incredible scent tracking skills as well as their excellent ability to be a trusted family member.

Appearance

This breed is a large breed dog with males and females measuring 25-27 inches in height and weighing 80-100 pounds in weight, at times slightly more. Their large, oblong head is accompanied by two very large, pendant shaped ears that fall alongside their face. Their large, retangular muzzle is generally red with some black coloring at the end near their black nose. This breed has a single, short layer coat that is availalbe in red, black and tan, liver and tan, solid red, and solid tan. Please note that generally even the solid tan can have some black throughout their coat. Their face has many wrinkles within it, with their eye lids drooping alongside their two eyes. Their eyes are almond shaped and generally available in hazel to black in color. Though this breed has a lot of extra skin, their body is built strong and muscular underneath. Their tail is very long and firm and should hang low and outwards when relaxed.

Temperament

The Bloodhound is probably one of the most tolerant breeds of children that exist today. Known for actually needing human adults to watch out for them, rather than the children, this breed will lay on the floor for hours and endure toddler mistakes with kindness and patience unlike any other. If you do have children, please be aware of this and make sure they are never causing harm to your Bloodhound as your new dog will never let you know. This breed is very loving, docile, calm and accepting while indoors. When not properly exercised or receiving enough attention, this breed can act out by becoming destructive with house hold items. If at any point this happens, make note to change things around within your home to provide what your dog companion is missing, so he or she can be happy. This breed can be stubborn and requires a firm, yet calm owner who can make the rules clear from the beginning with positive reinforcement. Males need special attention and training from 1-2 years of age when they reach their puberty stage, as they will try and assert themselves. Fully research this breed prior to adding a new puppy to your home to ensure you are prepared for their life long requirements.

Grooming

This breed requires special attention to their large, droopy ears daily. Their single, short haired coat does shed and requires to be wiped down and bathed when needed. This breed does drool which requires daily wiping of their face.

Special Notes

This breed is prone to bloat. Fully research this breed prior to adding one to your home to ensure you can provide proper care. Please note that this breed is not for everyone and requires a properly installed fence while outdoors. This breed will pick up new scents constantly and has difficulty listening to his or her human companions when this happens. Please do not add a new dog to your family unless you are able to care life long for your new addition; both physically and financially. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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