Dog Breeds: Bloodhound temperament and personality

Bloodhound Dog Breed

The Bloodhound

The intelligent and sharp Bloodhound Dog Breed has found himself a place in law enforcement due to his keen sense of smell.  He is of loving, sweet nature, and unique appearance.


The bloodhound dog breed goes all the way back to Medieval Europe. Even before that, there are records of dogs that were able to trace tracks.  The first reference as Bloodhound is found in a poem from Earl of Hereford, William of Palerne (1350).

The dogs were an aristocratic breed kept by abbots and noblemen thus, these hounds were “blooded”.  Francois Huber (656-727) was a hunter who bred dogs capable of tracing old and cold trails.  He was canonized as St. Hubert after his death.  Monks at the St. Hubert´s Abbey bred hounds known as St. Hubert Hounds, ancestors of the Bloodhound.

In France, Bloodhounds are still referred to as St. Hubert’s Hounds. After aristocracy was no more, there was no more hunting for the dog, but it was still pricey.

Physical characteristics

Bloodhounds weigh from 85 to 100 pounds. Their height is from 25 to 27 inches for males and 23 to 25 inches for females.  The accepted colors for this breed are black, tan, liver, and red.

Temperament and personality

This dog loves people. Therefore, he will not make a good guard dog.  His overall personality is a mix of contradictions.  They are gentle, yet stubborn.  It responds to training but will not be too easy when he’s following a trail.

Caring for a Bloodhound dog breed

It is recommended for you to have this pet in fenced yards.  They are master escapists.  His desire to follow a trail gets the best of his will and there is no stopping him.

The Bloodhound dog breed does a lot better if in the country. They require long walks and they are capable of going for miles.


This is a pretty smart dog so you should not have major problems with training him.  He does well when treated kindly and will try to obey.  However, he usually prefers to go his way.   You must have a steady yet gentle hand when training him.

Fun facts

  • They are slobbers and shedders, so make sure you are prepared with wipes.
  • If they find an interesting scent, they will go with their heads down, nose on the ground, ears covering his eyes, with no regard to traffic or other dangers.
  • They prefer to live indoors with their family.

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