Bloodhounds are very powerful, massive hound dogs. Their backs are very strong for the dog's size. Their heads are long and narrow in proportion to the dog's length, and long in proportion to their body. Their muzzles are long and their noses are black. The deeply sunk eyes are diamond in shape because of the lower lids being dragged down and turned outward by the heavy upper lips. Colors vary from a deep hazel to yellow. The thin, soft, drooping ears are set very low and extremely long. Bloodhounds have lots of extra, wrinkled skin hanging excessively loose, even more so around their heads and necks where it hangs in deep folds. The dewlap is very pronounced. The muscular, front legs are straight. The tails are carried high with a slight curve above the topline of the back. The folds of the skin aid Bloodhounds in holding in scent particles while tracking. Their coats are wrinkled, short and fairly hard in texture, with softer hair on the ears and skull. Colors include black and tan, liver and tan, and red and tawny, and red. Sometimes there is a small amount of white on the chest, feet and tip of the stern. Bloodhounds are kind, patient, noble, mild-mannered and lovable dogs. Gentle, affectionate and excellent with children, Bloodhounds are truly good natured companions. These dogs are so good-natured that they will lie there and meekly let children clamber all over them. This breed loves all the attention they receive from them. Bloodhounds are very energetic outdoors and boisterous when young, determined and independent.
Bloodhounds become devoted to their masters and get along well with people. This dog loves everyone and some will greet wanted and unwanted visitors happily. Others do not welcome unwanted guests. They can be protective of their home, but out on a trail, they will welcome anyone. Some will bark and let you know when strangers are around. They can live in harmony with other dogs and household pets. Bloodhounds have a tendency to snore and howl. Their noses are so superb, and are able to follow any scent, even human - a rare ability in a dog. This breed has been said to successfully follow trails over 100 hours old for over 100 miles. Bloodhounds are such sure trackers that the breed is used worldwide for rescue and criminal searches. Evidence obtained by Bloodhounds are admissible in a court of law.
The Bloodhound Size:
Height: 25-27 inches (63-69cm)
Weight: 90-110 pounds (41-50kg)