Unquestionably, the best nose in the canine world goes to the Bloodhound. Still bred for their amazing tracking abilities, they are loyal and affectionate dogs with the patience of a saint.
Where I'm From
Bloodhounds are an ancient breed whose origins can be traced back as early as the 7th Century. These hounds were famously introduced to England by William the Conqueror in the Middle Ages, and quickly became the favoured hunting companion of many members of the monarchy.
With excellent tracking skills, Bloodhounds were used to track down runaway criminals, and missing people. However, their numbers dropped significantly over time, and it wasn’t until the mid 19th Century that they became popular once again. Many people began adopting them as household pets, which, as a result, revitalized the breed.
Nowadays, Bloodhounds have become great companion dogs, and are also used by police on tracking and rescue missions.
What I Look Like
Bloodhounds have a noble countenance that gives them a respectable appearance. These powerful-looking dogs are large, strong and muscular. Their excess loose skin folds elegantly around ears, eyes and neck, and the colour of their short coat varies from combinations of black, tan and red.
How I Act
World-renown for their tracking ability, Bloodhounds are capable of following a scent that is days old. Once a hound has locked into a smell, it is nearly impossible to get them to abandon their pursuit. It’s this unwavering determination that makes the breed famously stubborn.
Bloodhounds are affectionate creatures that are extremely devoted to members of their family. It might take some time for these loving hounds to warm up to strangers, and they can be reserved or shy around people they don’t know.
This breed loves spending time outdoors. Their energetic sense of exploration comes out whenever they are given the opportunity to run around a park or yard.
Many people are familiar with the melodious, yet extremely loud howl of the Bloodhound. If you think your neighbors will have a problem with your pet’s hollering, you might want to reconsider adopting this hound.
Looking After Me
This breed is known to be one of the most difficult to train. Bloodhounds are notoriously stubborn and usually struggle to obey every order. It’s important to start obedience from a young age to ensure your pet doesn’t become disruptive.
Neglecting a Bloodhound is not a good idea as they have strong pack instincts that can make them miserable if left in isolation.
Looking after their diet is very important and regulating their food intake will prevent health issues such as bloat. Bloodhounds also need plenty of exercise to remain in good health. A daily long walk and a play in the backyard will maintain a happy hound.
These guys are more suited for families with a big backyard. Bloodhounds are not great in the indoors as they can be quite clumsy and messy.
Am I the pet for you?
- Bloodhounds love the outdoors and are great companions to active owners
- They are noble creatures who will remain loyal to their family
- There’s no better tracker than a Bloodhound
- Can be messy as they drool and sling saliva at times
- Their loud howl might upset your neighbors
- These hounds need a spacious backyard and are not a good fit for households with limited room
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