Bloodhounds are large scenthounds with a noble and honourable expression. This powerful dog weighs 80 to 110 pounds and stands 58 to 69 centimetres at the withers. It is often described as sad looking because of its loose skin that forms creases and folds. It has a large, yet narrow head, which is proportion to its length, and slightly tapering to its muzzle. It also has a long neck and a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite. Its nose is black with open nostrils while its ears are long almost reach the ground. Its medium eyes are either hazel or dark brown. It has a remarkably large bone structure, apparent in its muscular shoulders and hindquarters.
According to The Kennel Club standards, the breed comes in these colours: black and tan, liver and tan, and red. A little bit of white on the chest, feet and tip of the tail is permissible. It is very easy to maintain grooming-wise because its weatherproof coat is short and glossy. Regular brushing is needed to keep it healthy. This breed is known to drool and have that strong, off-putting hound odour, but that does not necessarily mean it is dirty. To lessen the odour, use shampoo with oatmeal and always wipe its mouth, skin and folds.
The Bloodhound’s pendulous ears tend to suffer from recurring ear infections so make sure it is always clean and dry. Dental health is also important so tooth brushing should be introduced while it is a puppy so it will get used to this routine process. To ensure that your pet’s physical health is in top shape, keep its nails trimmed and skin checked for fleas and red bumps or spots. These aspects should definitely not be ignored to lessen chances of infections or other diseases.