Breed Spotlight: The Bloodhound




Breed Spotlight: The Bloodhound

Most popular for their extremely powerful sense of smell, the Bloodhound has been described as a “kind, patient, noble, and mild-mannered breed.” Bloodhounds are good-natured and due to this make great family pets. That being said, they can also be stubborn, so they need firm obedience training. Due to their strong sense of smell and instinct to hunt, they can be easily distracted by a scent, making it hard to redirect their attention back to you if you are out of physical range of them. Experts say that with the proper leadership, training, stimulation and consistency, this energetic breed typically mellows out around age 2.

Bloodhounds are some of the best tracking dogs around, making them great for police work. They are also a laid back breed that likes to relax. This reputation, however, can be misleading. While they are happy to relax the day away, they also need a lot of activity. Ideally, the best home for a bloodhound would be one with a fenced in yard where they can run and romp around with other pets or kids. They do have a lot of energy, and would fit well in an active “outdoorsy” family.

Although not as prevalent in Bloodhounds as it is in other large breed dogs, gastric torsion (bloat) and dysplasia are two health issues that may affect a hound dog. Bloodhounds are also prone to ear infections due to their long, heavy, and low-set ears. Ear infections can be prevented though with proper routine maintenance. Healthy ears should be cleaned at least once a week. Also, a hereditary issue that may affect your Bloodhound is eye abnormalities, due to the fact that their eyes droop. Their eyes should be kept clean, and drops and ointments should be used when necessary.

Grooming this beautiful breed can be challenging for the Bloodhound newbie, but totally doable. While they must be given a standard bath to take off the dirt and grime they pick up outdoors, these baths need to be followed up to target the need of the dog. They have many flaps and wrinkles on their body, allowing moisture, dirt, and other debris to get stuck in folds and not appropriately cleaned. Experts recommend using special shampoo such as Oatmeal Shampoo to prevent skin issues. Be sure to ask a groomer or vet for more tips on how to best groom a Bloodhound.

The above is just a very brief description of the Bloodhound breed. It’s important to remember that when adding a dog to your household, appropriate research should be done to see if they will fit your lifestyle, family, and companion dog needs. Being as informed as possible about the breed you are getting will help you know what to expect, and may even help you avoid a dog bite liability claim, if you know how to property train the dog.

At the Federation of Insured Dog Owners (F.I.D.O.), we offer the Covered Canine Policy, which is a form of Dog Bite Liability Insurance that protects you financially should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. The policy does not exclude any breed of dog. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.


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