The Bloodhound
The BloodhoundA dog of great size and imposing dignity, the Bloodhound is recognisable by even the least doggy people. His amazing ability to follow a human scent over all types of terrain after many hours has given him an almost super-canine reputation, which has been fostered by writers of detective fiction.
The home country of the breed is Belgium and its ancestry can be traced back to the monastery of St. Hubert. (In Belgium, the Bloodhound is known by his other name of St. Hubert Hound.) It is most probable that this hound was one of those brought to England by the Normans in 1066. The looseness of his skin, especially over the head, and his long pendulous ears are possibly the most characteristic features of the breed. His powerful limbs and body make him a truly big dog, weighing up to 50 kilograms (110 pounds).
He is generally good-natured and affectionate, but can be surprisingly sensitive. He has the sort of voice that cannot be ignored. His short coat cleans up easily in spite of his tendency to plough his way through ditches when on the trail.
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Bloodhound Breed Standard
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function.
Visit the Kennel Club website for the Breed Standard of the Bloodhound – Bloodhound Breed Standard
Bloodhound Clubs in the West Country
There are no Clubs specific to the West Country. The National Clubs are:
Association Of Bloodhound Breeders – www.associationofbloodhoundbreeders.co.uk
Bloodhound Club – www.bloodhoundclub.co.uk