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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

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Other Dogs

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Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Bloodhound Temperament

Bloodhounds are the quintessential hound dog with their long hanging ears, droopy eyes, sagging jowls and powerful wagging tail that will sweep anything over that’s not fixed down, including small children, and then of course comes that vigorous shake of the head to send great gobs of drool and slobber flying in all directions!

The Bloody is a really loveable dog, mild mannered, and extremely patient. He's an absolute Prince with children, gentle and very affectionate. If you're looking for easy going, then look no further,

Their laid back Bloodhound temperament makes them good-natured companions, so good-natured that they will let kids climb all over them and not mind in fact they will just love all the attention.

Despite all the goofy good humour you cant hide from their nature, they are the best scent hounds in the business and it is something they take very seriously.

Take your Bloody off the leash whilst walking at your peril! once they find an interesting scent they are off.

They are able to follow any scent, even human, which is a rare ability in a dog. Apparently they can also follow trails over 100 hours old and will not give up until they get to the end of it, no matter how long that trail may be or how many highways they have to cross to get there.

The Bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court of law and they are such sure trackers that the breed is used worldwide for rescue and criminal searches. One Bloodhound brought about 600 criminal arrests and convictions ( and that was before lunch!)

Children:Despite them being outstanding pets for children, you will need to watch what the kids are up to with your Bloody, don't let them pester or irritate him as he will lie there and just take it which isn’t good for the dog. You will also need to make sure the children don't take his food or his toys, as he does tend to be possessive about them.

Bloodhound Temperament And Dog Breed Information


Exercise: Bloodhounds love a good run and need a lot of exercise. But again, you will likely need to run, jog or walk with your dog on a leash or you won't be able to get its attention. They have an incredible level of stamina and can walk for hours on end, whether or not you can is another question.

Grooming The Bloodhound's smooth, shorthaired coat is easy to groom with a hound glove. There is no trimming required with this breed.

They are known  for their distinctive doggy odour which some find offensive. So as a minimum, regular brushing will also help maintain the smooth, short-haired coat. Wipe eyes gently on a daily basis.

Training Bloodies are slow to mature and their puppy brain adolescence lasts until they are 2 years old. They eat everything they can fit in their mouths. So keep a close eye on what they are chewing. A Bloodhound needs firm, but gentle training, as they do tend to be wilful and stubborn, but with proper training they become wonderful dogs when they mature.

Protection: On home turf, the Bloodhound temperament varies; some just love everyone! And will greet wanted and unwanted visitors with equal enthusiasm. Others on the other hand are a tad more particular about unwanted guests and are known to protect their territory if no one is home.  But out on a trail, they greet anyone and are everyones’s friend.  Whilst The Bloody gets along with most other dogs and other household pets they can be aggressive with dogs of the same sex.

Health: Generally hardy, the breed does have some special medical conditions to be aware of which include: Hip/Elbow displasia,  Gastric torsion ( Bloat ), Eye problems and  Fold dermatitis. Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

 The Ideal Bloody Owner Is  Kind, patient and firm who is experienced with dogs. Someone who has enough space for a large dog with a sweeping tail and enjoys the idea of very long walks on a leash which is attached to a great slobbery sniffing machine. The Bloody isn't for everyone so Make sure you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit the national breed club

Not For house proud types, weak willed pushovers, slobber-phobes, owners of precious Ming vases and other objets d’art.

The Bloodhound or “Bloody” is an ancient breed, whose roots go back to at least the 700’s and their ancestor  the black St Hubert. The Modern day breed began to develop during the 1100’s when many church dignitaries became more involved with hunting, and monasteries would keep specially bred packs of “blooded hounds”, a term which referred to their pure blood line and noble breeding rather than the myth that they literally trailed the scent of blood.

This is not to say that they can’t smell, their sense of smell is legendary and their ability to trail lost persons and criminals well documented. They have been the pre cursor breed to many other scent hounds such as Coon hounds and the Basset Hound.

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 The American Kennel Club and Others

“Owners warn that Bloodhounds seem to become deaf and blind when on a trail. ‘They run into things and ignore your calls….

…Those long, hanging ears sweep intoxicating aromas into large nostrils. And the capricious nose is at the right level for an embarrassing crotch sniff at guests”

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match