General Information

Dog NameBloodhound
Other NamesChien de Saint-Hubert
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeScent Hound
Country of OriginFrance

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span12
Min Ideal Weight for male40
Max Ideal Weight for male45
Min Ideal Weight for female36
Max Ideal Weight for male45


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentAffectionate, Inquisitive, Gentle
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyHigh
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyHigh
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginFrance
Nicknames and Other NamesChien de Saint-Hubert
St. Hubert Hound
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeScent hound
GroupHound Group
Bred ForTracking animals and people
Life Span10-12 Years
Ideal WeightMale: 90-110 pounds
Female: 80-100 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 25-27 inches
Female: 23-25 inches
Fur TypeShort and dense
Common ColorsRed, Black and Tan, Liver and Tan
AvailabilityWidely Available
AchievementsPolice and Military dog
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBlack and Tan Coonhound

The Blood Hound falls on a hunting group that hunts by scent. They are mostly known by their distinctive feature which is long wrinkled face with loose skin, long ears, and sunken eyes. It is one of the largest breeds of hound and one of the extremely docile and loyal canine.

The Blood Hound drools a lot and if he turns his head, he can throw his drool as far as 20 feet. Although they seem lazy with their dull expression, they are not when it comes to follow a scent and track down something. In fact, they are extremely happy to do so. He becomes so devoted to the work that he cannot be distracted until he finds his quarry.

Origin and History

The origin of the Blood Hound is unknown but likely to be in France. The ancestors of today’s Bloodhound is known by St. Hubert hounds, bred by the monks of St. Hubert’s Abbey. In 1805, bloodhound’s first tracking thieves were recorded. They were bred to track deers, wounded wolves, and other big game. Blood Hound has also helped police to track the lost child lost person and criminals. After tracking down the person, they are never known to attack them.

Blood Hound is ranked 52nd by the American Kennel Club among the registered 193 breeds.

Is Blood Hound Child-Friendly?

Blood Hound is extremely friendly with children. They are affectionate towards them and adores them very much. Blood Hound is very tolerant of children and does not mind them climbing their back, pulling their ears and tail. However, every dog should be supervised while you let them play with your kids.
Bloodhound with a Baby

Behavior, Temperament and Personality

The Blood Hound has two personalities. One is highly alert and active when it comes to tracking something. Whereas, another is lazy and relaxed when they do not have anything to track down. Their detective mode gets on when there is a job to track some criminals.

Blood Hound is extremely friendly with people and can get along with strangers and other pets very well. They are patient, noble, independent and loyal dogs. When it comes to trails, they are tireless breed.


Blood Hound can be hard to train as they are independent and quite stubborn. If you are a soft person than they will manipulate you with their droopy eyes.

If you are a consistent and confident owner and can prove leadership to them, they will be easy to train. Blood Hounds are happy to trail, therefore enroll them in advance tracking activities.

Testing Bloodhound Tracking Ability


  • A testimony of a Bloodhound’s man trailing is acceptable in almost any court.
  • Bloodhounds are a pack dog and do well with other dogs.
  • Until the age of 2 years, Bloodhound is not mentally matured.
  • Bloodhound can chew almost anything from rock to tv remote and batteries.
  • Bloodhound is known for its extreme level of baying, especially when they are left alone.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesBloat, Elbow Dysplasia, Entropion,
Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism,
Epilepsy, Ectopic Cilia
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Coronavirus, Kennel Cough
DroolingHigh Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and Supplements32% Crude Protein
8% Fat
Fish Oil

Bloodhound is more likely to suffer from bloat and the owner should be cautious of this life-threatening disease. They are very well known for eating anything they find which can lead to expensive surgery. Therefore, the owner should keep an eye on him and things should be kept out of there reach. The other common health problems that can be seen in canine are:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Dental Problem
  • Obesity

Coats and Colors

Bloodhound has a loose and short coat. They have a musty canine odor which cannot be get rid of no matter how much you bathe them. They come in colors like black and tan, liver and tan, and red.



The average cost of a Bloodhound puppy is $800-$1200. However, the cost is cheaper, if you plan to adopt one. The cost is around $300 with the expenses of caring for the puppy before adoption.


The average height of the male bloodhound is 25-27 inches and female is 23-25 inches. Whereas, the average weight of the male bloodhound is 90-110 pounds and female is 80-100 pounds.

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