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The Bloodhound; an intimidating name for such a sweet-tempered personality! While they are mellow and kind, they earn the name Bloodhound by being unflagging on a trail and hardworking when given a job. When they aren’t on the clock, Bloodhounds are affectionate, loving, and welcoming towards strangers.

Adult Size

  • Large

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Apartments
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Can Be Left Alone
  • Comfortable Being Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Hound Group

Coat Length

  • Very Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Smooth Coat


  • Black & Tan
  • Liver & Tan
  • Red


  • Drools Constantly

Energy Level

  • Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Regular Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 24-26″

Full Grown Weight

  • 80-90lbs
  • 91-100lbs

General Health

  • Not a Very Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Does Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?

  • Good with Kids
  • Great With Kids


  • Doesn’t Require Grooming


  • Not So Intelligent, but Has Other Wonderful Traits
  • Smart


  • Not Very Affectionate
  • Somewhat Affectionate


  • Sometimes Playful
  • Stick in the Mud

Recommended OFA Tests

  • Congenital Cardiac Database ARCH – ACVIM Registry of Cardiac Health – or – OFA evaluation
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (Optional)
  • Elbow Dysplasia – OFA Evaluation
  • Eye Examination by ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Hip Dysplasia OFA/OVC Evaluation or PennHIP
  • Patellar Luxation (Optional) OFA Evaluation

Social Behavior with Dogs

  • Socializes Well with Other Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

  • 11 years
  • 12 years

Training Tendencies

  • Easy to Train

Vocalization Tendencies

  • Barks or Howls Appropriately
  • Barks or Howls Frequently