Species group: Hound Group dogs
Other name(s): Chien de Saint-Hubert; St. Hubert Hound
The lugubrious-looking Bloodhound has been highly regarded through the centuries for its superb sense of smell that allows it to relentlessly track humans or animals. As a result, this breed is a highly regarded police dog for search and rescue teams, and a Bloodhound's evidence trail is admissible in a court of law. Despite its wrinkled face and its sometimes bumbling appearance, this dog is not an old spirit that prefers to lounge on a couch. These are slow-maturing sometimes-puppylike dogs that demand kind and consistent training over a longer time than you might think reasonable, making them a poor choice for the impatient owner. If allowed to run off-leash, they are prone to take off after a fascinating scent or to be tempted to chase other animals or cars.
Appearance / health:
The Bloodhound has features characteristic of all dogs that hunt by smell. The skin is extremely loose, especially around the head and the neck. Their overall structure is huge because of thick bones, and stands over more distance than other dogs. The head is narrow compared to its length. Bloodhounds have thin, soft, and extremely long ears, which fall in folds.
The Bloodhound does not require much grooming though it must be brushed regularly to remove hair. The frequency of bathing is low. The ears need to be cleaned daily to avoid infections. Bloodhounds tend to drool excessively.
Bloodhounds require a lot of activity to stay healthy, preferably around 90 minutes. They need to roam around outdoors in large open surroundings, and are ideal companions on a camping trip. However, they require the owner's constant supervision as any interesting scent might attract them to travel far distances.
Bloodhounds do not live as long as other dogs and aging occurs normally by the age of eight. They are prone to hip dysplasia (a condition marked by abnormal hip formation), eye defects, and allergies. Gastric torsion or bloat may also occur and can kill the dog within a matter of hours.
Behavior / temperament:
Bloodhounds are extremely affectionate and shy, and generally do not fight with other dogs. Highly determined trackers, they can tirelessly track a scent and it is difficult to call a search off once they set out. They need constant companions, either their owners or other dogs, and hate being alone.
The learning rate for Bloodhounds is low to medium. Owing to their strong willful natures, they may be difficult to train.
Bloodhounds are generally calm and mellow though they tend to bark and howl sometimes.
multi-purpose police work, incredibly powerful nose, droopy ears, awesome allaround, family pet
Expert Level Trainer, short lifespanA Bloodhound, real problem, family household, funny smell
fun teaching, endurance, different training methods, great communicators, confident owner
Love me some hound dogs!
I had always been in love with bloodhounds- their big ears, their wrinkles, their sad eyes, that bark! I still am, but I will admit, the bloodhound is probably NOT the best breed for my lifestyle. I am a single mom with a full-time job and have very little spare time. However, I am in love with my dog, so I find a way to make it work though it can be stressful at times.
I got Ruby from a breeder when she was 8 weeks old. We immediately began crate training at night and while we were at work (for the first three months or so). We continued to crate train her at night for about nine months- at that point she outgrew her crate. She also attended obedience training as a puppy.
So, why would I not have gotten this breed? They require A LOT of time and money. Some hounds come with a host of health problems that are genetic. My girl has recurrent ear infections, no matter how much I clean them- and they need to be cleaned pretty much daily. She needs to be bathed very frequently as she has oily skin and will smell if not bathed at least weekly. She is allergic to several things, so she must get cortisone shots to keep her from scratching herself silly and driving me crazy. She also now needs eye surgery for entropian (eyelids turn in and irritate the eye). So, if you do get one, get pet insurance! (I have it, thank goodness). Also, she needs a LOT of exercise- long walks. I don't always have time. Fortunately, I have a big yard and a pool. She swims laps when she's bored or hot. It's adorable.
But wait- it's not all bad! Despite the work, she's a wonderful dog. She is quiet when she is in the house, totally happy to find a spot and lay down and not make a peep- as long as she doesn't have access to trash- if she can find trash or food she won't lay down until she's found and consumed all of it. She's a great guard dog- she ONLY barks when there is a reason to (i.e. somebody at the door), so I know she means it. She is gentle with my three year old son, even when it comes to food. She's a great hiker and swimmer. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, bloodhounds are a great companion. I have read many times that they are bad off leash as they may catch a scent and take off, but I have never had that happen with Ruby. Bottom line, consider your free time and your budget before getting a bloodhound for a pet..
From nattlebunny Aug 1 2014 3:44PM
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A dog takes thousands of steps a day, so for every every pound it is that times thousands of strain per day on the joints. It's huge what this will do for your dog, and there are no negative side effects to managed weight loss. In my experience using metabolic diets is the best way to get the job done. Consult your veterinarian, just cutting calories using regular food often doesn't work..
From Jennifer Peters DVM DABVP canine and feline 58 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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