The Bloodhound - will you suit his lifestyle?
We've all heard the saying, a nose like a Bloodhound, and this is why.
The hound, also known as the St Hubert Hound and Chien du St Hubert, is the ultimate tracking dog. His sense of smell is two million times greater than that of a human and he can pick up and follow a scent which is days old.
This makes him a valuable asset to law enforcement, when they are trying to track felons or missing children. One whiff of a piece of clothing, and the dog will not give up until he has found his goal.
The breed stands about 27 inches and weighs up to 50 kg, though, like any dog, there are always exceptions and the breed can reach a weight of 75 kg and still not be overweight.
His strength is in his bones, rather than his muscles, and he can go on for hours until he has tracked that scent!
He makes a very gentle companion dog, but not a dog one would want to let off leash, as once he gets a scent that he wants to follow, there is no stopping him.
He would also need very secure fencing, as he will be oblivious to all else once he gets a scent. This instinct also makes him difficult to train. It is not that he is stubborn or doesn't want to co-operate, but his basic instinct to follow that scent will override everything else.
He originally came from Belgium and France, where he was used to hunt out deer and other game.
The dog has a very wrinkled face and droopy mouth, eyes and ears. For this reason he is extremely prone to
as well as other eye conditions such as
Because of his droopy ears, he is likely to suffer ear infections, and ears must be checked regularly for early signs of any problems.
He should also be checked regularly between the folds of his skin for possible infections.
Like any giant breed, he can be prone to
canine hip dysplasia
but he is also susceptible to gastric problems, particularly
Bloat is a condition that can affect any large dog, but this breed seems to have a much higher incidence of the condition than other giants.
The dog needs little grooming, as his coat is short and, unlike many short coated dogs, does not shed very much.
His lifespan is an average 8 years.
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