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Bloodhound Breed Profile
Bloodhound fact file
KC Group: Hound
Good with children?: Seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: Lots
Good guard dogs?: Would bark
Moulting level: Low
Jogging partner: No
The Bloodhound possesses an incredible tracking ability and is widely in use as police and search and rescue dogs. They are very vocal but not at all aggressive, the Breed Standard describes them as "somewhat reserved and sensitive" making them an ideal companion breed.
The Bloodhound is excellent with children, affable and sweet in nature. Its friendliness makes it a relatively poor guard dog but an excellent companion. Care should be taken when letting them off the lead as they will follow any scent they decide is interesting enough and once they've picked it up they won't let go easily. They are relatively difficult to train due to their independent character although if you can present them with suitable challenges they will remain interested.
Measuring between 63-69cm in height for dogs and 58-63cm for bitches the Bloodhound is a large breed. They're also particularly long in the body.
Attention should be paid to their general weight and size as rapid growth can exacerbate joint and muscular problems in the breed. As with most large dogs they are prone to Bloat.
Bloodhound Special Care
Exercise should be limited during its youth to help lessen the risk of muscular and joint problems. Care should also be taken to keep eyes and ears clear to minimise the risk of infection.
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