The Bloodhound, also known as the St. Hubert Hound, is a large, scent hound that is used for tracking people or animals. It is known for its acute sense of smell and excellent tracking ability, making it a popular choice for finding missing persons. The breed is successful in hunting, searching, and detection.
Training and Care
Bloodhounds are relatively easy to train, but require consistent disciplining and structure. Since they are scent hounds, they must be trained to keep their noses to the ground and focus on their target scent. They should be exercised regularly, and do best with an active lifestyle, including long walks or participation in agility courses.
Diet and Nutrition
Bloodhounds require a diet high in protein and fat to support their muscular frame. Depending on the individual's activity level, you should feed your Bloodhound anywhere from 1-4 cups of high quality dry food per day.
Bloodhounds are generally healthy, but can be prone to hip issues, allergies and ear infections. They should have regular checkups and dental care in order to keep them in top condition.
The Bloodhound is believed to have originated from France and Belgium in the Middle Ages as hunting hounds. They were first recognized in the UK by the Kennel Club in 1885 and have been used in many criminal investigations since then.
Where to Buy or Adopt
You can buy or adopt a Bloodhound from a reputable breeder, or from one of the many breed specific rescues. Prices can range from $700-$1500 for a puppy, depending on the pedigree and health guarantees offered by the breeder.