What are Bloodhounds?
The bloodhound is a large scent hound with noble and honourable expression. This powerful dog weighs 80–110 pounds and stands 58–69 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 proportionate 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, whilst its ears are long that 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.
Why do bloodhounds have long ears?
Bloodhounds have long drooping ears because it is believed that the ears collect scent from the air and the surroundings. This allows the scent to be closer to the dog’s face and nose so that they can effectively follow a particular scent or smell.
The bloodhound 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 has that strong, off-putting hound odour, but that does not necessarily mean it is dirty. To lessen the odour, use a 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 whilst 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 infection or other diseases.
Do bloodhounds shed?
Yes, the bloodhound’s short and dense coat shed once or twice a year. Weekly brushing removes the dead hair and promotes the growth of new hair. Because they shed quite frequently during the shedding season, bloodhounds are not hypoallergenic dogs.