Scent Hound

Mel and Mattie from Shiloh Bloodhounds

The Bloodhound is not your basic apartment dog unless your apartment is 10,000 square feet with lots of criminals to find.  They are very robust and need room to roam and search.  A fenced back yard works fine, but so does a good walk.  They love children to the degree that the owner must insure that the kids don’t get abusive.  They need a firm and fair owner who will not always fall for their sorrowful gaze.  Most Bloodhounds need to be confined in a yard or walked on lease because, like many hounds, they pick up a scent and off they go with only one thing on their minds.  Grooming is minimal but be prepared for snoring, drooling and the occasional howl.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
Hard Very little Very good with children.  Great trackers. Silvia machine.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Bloodhound Club of America

The Bloodhound Network

Canadian Bloodhound Club



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