Group: Hound
Size: Large
Coat length: Short
Grooming required: Once a week
Coat sheds: No
Home size: Large House
Garden size: Large
Lifespan: Under 10 Years
Exercise: More than an hour per day
When it comes to tracking, the Bloodhound cannot be beaten.

The Bloodhound is a very large hound. They have very long drooping ears and excess skin that hangs in folds particularly around the head and neck. The coat is short and generally a mixture of black and tan or red. They also tend to drool.

Bloodhounds originated in Belgium, have been around for about 1,000 years and have always been used for tracking. When tracking game their job is to track but not kill.

Although they can be sensitive, they are generally good natured and tolerant, a gentle giant, but once they get a scent of something, they will tend to single-mindedly follow it. Bloodhounds tend to get on well with people and other animals particularly when out on a trail. Full grown Bloodhounds enjoy plenty of exercise and have incredible stamina.

They need little grooming to maintain their coats but their ears need to be checked regularly. They are prone to bloat and need a padded bed to prevent callouses on their joints.