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Breed origin: France
Original purpose: Hunt in a group by scent.

AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Hound

Size: Weight: males 85 to 110 lbs; females 75 to 100 lbs
Size: Height: males 25 to 27 inches; females 23 to 25 inches
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Color: Black and tan, liver and tan, and red, sometimes with small amounts of white.

Life span: 5 to 9 years.

General characteristics/temperament: Bloodhounds are gentle, sensitive, and extremely affectionate, making them excellent family pets. However, due to their very large size and their tendency to be stubborn and to drool excessively, there is a high rate of bloodhounds that are given up for adoption once they are full-grown. They are very powerful and are well known for their ability to follow a scent hours or even days old, over long distances. This ability makes them excellent for tracking escaped prisoners or missing persons. They are so accurate that evidence trailed by a Bloodhound has been accepted in a court of law. As family pets, they are incredibly devoted and loving, but because they have absolutely no road sense at all, they need to be protected with a fenced yard and must only be walked with a lead.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

OK for inexperienced owners? No

OK in apartments? No

Suitable canine sports/activities: tracking, trailing, conformation, obedience

Grooming requirement: Bloodhounds should be groomed weekly to eliminate dead hair which will help them look, feel, and smell better.

Known health problems: Gastric dilatation volvulus, ear infections, skin problems, heat stroke, cancer.

Recommended books for further reading:

By Kim Campbell Thornton
Published in 1998
96 pages

The New Complete Bloodhound
By Catherine F. Brey, Lena F. Reed, and Roger A. Caras
Published in 1992
260 pages

Bloodhounds: History, Origins, Breeding & Training
By Edwin Brough and Tony Read
Published in 2007
100 pages

By Nona Kilgore Bauer
Published in 2002
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Bloodhound Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Bloodhound Club Rescue

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