Country of Origin: France, Belgium, United Kingdom
Color: Liver & Tan, Red, Black & Tan
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Height: Female: 58-64 cm, Male: 64-69 cm
Weight: Female: 36-45 kg, Male: 41-50 kg
Litter Size: 5-16 puppies
The Bloodhound probably came to England with the Normans in 1066, by the Second World War it was on the verge of extinction.
The Bloodhound is a very powerful, massive hound with a long muzzle, drooping ears, and loose, wrinkled skin. His jowls and handing skin give the Bloodhound a rather mournful, dignified expression.
The neck is very well muscled and has pendulous dewlap. Its back is extraordinarily strong for the dog's size. Powerful shoulders allow the dog to work for long hours without a break.
The forelegs are straight, solid and muscular and the skull is very high and prominent. The tail is carried in an elegant curve above the topline of the back. The eyes are set deeply in their sockets.
The lower lids of the eyes fall away to reveal part of the inner surface. It has a black nose that sits on the tip of the long muzzle. The folds of the skin are said to aid in holding scent particles.
A short, fairly hard coat of hair covers the body. The hair is softer on the skull and ears. The coat is easy to care for with a hound's glove and comes in black & tan, liver & tan, and red & tawny.
Temperament: Protective, Friendly, Calm, Fearless, Intelligent
Health Problems: This breed is prone to bloat. You should feed two or three small meals a day instead of one large one. Avoid exercise after meals. Prone to hip dysplasia, cherry eye, ear infections and entropion, where the eyelids turn inward.
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