Bloodhounds in Brief
The bloodhound is a scent hound of great size and strength. He has a noble and dignified expression. His loose, super-abundant skin drapes into pendulous folds, especially noticeable around the head and neck.
Although stories of the breed’s origin are speculative, the bloodhound’s development is commonly credited to seventh-century Europe and St. Hubert of Bathos, bishop of Liege and patron saint of the hunter. It is believed that St. Hubert originally obtained breeding stock from southern France.
While the breed standard calls for the average height of an adult male bloodhound to measure between 25”-27” at the shoulder, it is not uncommon for then to reach 32” and weigh 130 pounds or more. Females tend to be a bit smaller (23”-25” and 100 pounds). Bloodhounds do not reach their full height and weight until they are 2-3 years old.
Is the Bloodhound the Right Dog for You?
This clickable article by Adriana Pavlinovic, public education coordinator for the American Bloodhound Club, provides many insights. See also on the ABC website:
Bloodhounds 101 and Frequently Asked Questions about Bloodhounds.
More information on bloodhounds is available at the American Bloodhound Club website:
If you decide that the bloodhound is the breed for you, consider adopting a rescue bloodhound. Our rescue groups nationwide have excellent bloodhounds available for adoption, and we work together, coast to coast, to match adopters with bloodhounds for rehoming. See our Bloodhound Rescue and Re-Homing page under PRBC's Important Club Documents tab for additional details and contact information.