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Meet the breed: Bloodhound

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you want a loyal pet that’s good with the family and other pets, find out everything you need to know about the Bloodhound.

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A scent hound originally bred to track deer and boar, this breed has evolved to trailing humans. These dogs are called Bloodhounds not because of their abilities but due to early breeders working intensely to keep their bloodline clean. An active animal in law enforcement, the Bloodhound’s scenting ability is so trusted that it can be used as sufficient evidence in the courtroom.

Bloodhound standards

Is this breed right for you?

Sometimes shy, this affectionate breed will love his master for life. Because of their outstanding leadership qualities, these dogs like to be in a home where they can feel like they’re the king of the roost. They’re very protective of their home, but are friendly to other animals and people, making them good family pets. Due to loud howling, daily grooming needs and demanding an active lifestyle, these dogs are fit for average-sized yards or in an apartment only if given proper exercise.


A dream day in the life of a Bloodhound

Waking up on the trail to breakfast, this pup will want a little bit of loving when he first sees you in the morning. After a good sniff of his owner, he’ll be ready to sniff the outdoors. After a walk and a new trail to sniff, he’ll be ready for the great indoors. A few smell-downs to make sure everything in the house is in order and he’ll be ready for a run in the backyard. After dinner and loving from his master, he’ll enjoy his daily coat-brushing. Once he’s been groomed, he’ll loyally sleep in the corner of your room.

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