Bloodhound Resource


The Bloodhound is the most famous of the scenthounds. Mournful looking with a wrinkled brow and long, low-set ears, the breed is blessed with uncanny scenting ability and is best known for tracking down fugitives from justice. Contrary to myth, these dogs are gentle creatures that locate, but do not attack, their quarry. The breed’s short coat in black and tan, liver and tan, or red needs weekly brushing. Ears and eyelids should be examined regularly and gently cleaned to prevent infection. The Bloodhound stands about 26 inches at the shoulder. It prefers country living with plenty of outlets for its high activity level. Like its cousin the Black and Tan Coonhound, the Bloodhound needs a securely fenced yard and an owner who is patient but firm. Bloodhounds drool and can sling gobs of it great distances, so keep hand towels available for wiping it up.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Large Dog Breed
Black and tan, liver and tan, or red.

Hard, thin and short.


Brush several times a week to reduce shedding. Clean loose-lidded eyes and hanging ears as needed.

Life Expectancy:
9 to 11 years
AKC Group:
Hound Group
UKC Group:
23 to 27 inches at the shoulder
Proportionate to height
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Search and rescue, trailing (humans)