If you believe all you read then we date back to Belgium. The Ardennes region to be precise, where we were used to hunt way back in the 7th century at the Abbey of St Hubert. We were then brought to England by none other than William the Conqueror! Remember him, Battle of Hastings and all that? That was in – yep, you guessed it, 1066. From there, the rest is history! Now a lot of people think we’re called ‘Bloodhounds’ because of our legendary status as blood trailers. Well that’s not quite so. We’re aristocrats – King of England and all that. So the ‘blood’ bit refers to ‘bloodstock’. Of course, we’re most famously associated with Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle even named his eponymous hero after his much loved Bloodhound – Sherlock.
What do I look like?
Of all the dog breeds, in all the world…we’re probably one of the most commonly identified. You might naturally associate us with drooling, long ears and nose to the ground? That’s probably true, but we prefer to focus on our aesthetic qualities such as our gracious movement, muscular legs and torso and, of course, our wonderful oversized coat and folds of skin – not good on humans, great on dogs!
What do I need from you?
Well we’ll find our own scents so no worries on that score. However some good country walks will certainly help. We need a good firm hand in the early days as we’re wilful and stubborn. Bloodhounds can be quite reserved at times so occasionally we’ll need our own space, but mostly we’ll want you to fill it.
What I will give in return
We’ve got so much to give it’s a wonder we find time to go off sniffing. Hugely affectionate and very tolerant, your children will love us. Don’t let them pull our ears though – not a good feeling. We’ve got a deep, gruff bark which will surely entertain you – although your neighbours might not see it like that.
What's our health like?
Bloat is a common ailment for us Bloodhounds. We also suffer from a fair amount of eye, skin, and ear ailments; so we’ll need frequent inspections for signs of problems.
How big will I get?
Bloodhounds grow to around 26in (66cm) in height and weigh in at a whopping 100lb-110lb (45kg-50kg).
How big is our litter?
We have an average litter size of 8 to 10 Bloodhound pups.
How long should I be around for?
The lifespan of a Bloodhound is not great – typically expect around 7 to 10 years. We pack a lot of love into those years though.
Sir Walter Scott; Clement Freud; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – great British stock!
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