About the Bloodhound
Bloodhounds are the oldest of the scent hounds
and this breed having the keenest sense of smell. That means the bloodhound is popular as a working dog in tracking a police
suspect or in a search and rescue operation. A bloodhound is one of the few breeds whose testimony can be upheld in a court
Bloodhounds are big and powerfully built. They have a history that extends back to the 7th Century AD in France.
The name bloodhound was derived from the expression "blooded hound," meaning a hound of pure breeding. When a bloodhound
owns you, you have an incredible responsibility to them. They are big, they slobber, and they eat a lot. They have absolutely
no road sense at all so you need to protect them with a fenced yard and walk them only with a lead. In return the bloodhound
will be incredibly devoted, loving and they tend to constantly warm your heart
A Brief History
The bloodhound is one of the oldest breeds of dogs that hunt by scent. They
are distinguished from other dogs by their pendulous ears, loose skin and extraordinary olfactory powers. It is believed that
the bloodhounds of today originated from two ancient strains of European hounds, the St. Huberts and the Talbots dating to
the 7th and 8th centuries.
The bloodhound came to prominence when William the Conqueror brought them to England, where
they were originally used as game hunting dogs. During colonization in the new world, the dogs were brought to America. Their
true gift as amazing and remarkable man-trailing dogs was at last recognized. The bloodhound soon became famous as the dog
with the NOSE!
Today, the bloodhound is the only breed that has the ability to scent discriminate human scent, and only
trained bloodhounds evidence can be accepted in a court of law. This skill is unmatched by any other breed of dog. Remarkably
this same dog may be on a trail one day, in the show ring or obedience ring the next and laying on your couch or romping with
your kids the day after that! The bloodhound is capable of being a serious working dog and the most clownish lovable pet you
will ever own, if you take the time to train him properly throughout his life.