Bloodhound (or the St. Hubert Hound)

The Bloodhound is one of the oldest hunting dogs in the world, with a history dating
back to the 18th century.

Originally from Belgium, they were bred by aristocrats and first registered in 1885.

Bloodhounds tend to have a mild character, although a lot of people are afraid of
them because of their size.

A normal Bloodhound can reach a height of around 60 to 70 centimeters and can
weigh between 32 and 47 kilos.

However, despite their size, Bloodhounds are very kind dogs, sensitive, responsive and sociable creatures which get along well with children, especially if they grow up with them. However, it is advisable that caution is exercised when a Bloodhound and small children live in the same home - the Bloodhound might inadvertently hurt a small child due to its size.

Curious by nature, Bloodhounds always follows their instincts, even though sometimes it may put itself in danger by doing this. Bloodhounds get along well with other pets, but can become aggressive in the presence of other dogs of the same sex.

Some dogs are very stubborn and this makes them suitable pets for people with experience in raising dogs. When bored, Bloodhounds begin to bark loudly, but when it comes to his toys and food can be very reserved. Bloodhounds have a good sense of smell and have superb tracking capabilities, making them good police dogs. Bloodhounds need a lot of space to play and run freely.

The lifespan of a Bloodhound is between 7 and 9 years.

Some of the medical issues you may experience with a Bloodhound include thyroid problems and HD. This is why before taking your puppy you should check to ensure that its parents have OFA and CERF certificates.

Bloodhounds are world famous dogs. They can be seen in movies like Shawshank Redemption, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, as well as in TV series like Mythbusters. So if you want a movie star - this is your breed!