Bloodhound Facts: What Are They Good For?
The Bloodhound breed originated from England. Today they are known all over the world. There are different breeds of bloodhounds. Some of them have been bred for their hunting skills while others were developed for their work as guard dogs or search and rescue dogs.
Some of the most famous bloodhounds include:
Rottweiler – A dog with strong jaws and powerful legs, which makes it a great hunter. Rottweilers are used in police forces, military, and security services worldwide.
They are very intelligent and obedient. They can be trained to do almost anything. Rottweilers are known for their loyalty and love of family members. However, they tend to get bored easily so training is necessary to keep them happy.
Labrador Retriever – A dog with a friendly personality and great intelligence. They are used in law enforcement agencies, search and rescue teams, and even as therapy dogs.
Labradors are usually calm and quiet but can become aggressive when bored or stressed. They need lots of exercise to stay healthy. They make excellent companions for children because they are affectionate and loving towards them.
Doberman – The Doberman Pinscher is a dog with a reputation for its effectiveness as an attack and guard dog. They were bred for protection and have a strong sense of danger.
Dobermans are very intelligent and obedient as long as they respect their owner. Their loyalty to their owners makes them one of the most popular dogs for security. They need regular exercise but do not need much grooming or bathing. They are easy to train.
Bloodhounds are known as the scent hounds and were bred for their unique sense of smell. They have been used since medieval times to track down poachers, criminals, and lost people.
They have a very unusual way of smelling things and will literally take large sniffs of the air, after which they will start following their nose towards whatever they were sniffing. It is almost as if when they catch a scent of something they immediately get hypnotized and drawn towards it.
The Bloodhound is an incredibly gentle dog breed and they get along well with children and other pets. They have a reputation of being lazy which is only partly true.
They do not require much exercise so they are happy to spend most of the day sleeping, but they will easily get excited when it is time for a walk or a run. They have a keen sense of smell so they will immediately notice if something has died or if someone is smoking a cigarette nearby. Unfortunately they will then try to find the source of the smell by following their nose which can sometimes lead them to wander off and get lost.
Bloodhounds shed their fur pretty heavily so they require regular grooming. They are not hypoallergenic because they shed so much.
They are also really big and slow, so it is very easy to hurt them if you aren’t careful. They are not aggressive but they will bark a lot if they are threatened in anyway.
Temperament: Friendly, loyal, loving, intelligent, and patient.
Trivia: Bloodhounds can be traced back to at least the 8th century. They were so named because people used to put a piece of blood-soaked cloth near a runaway criminal or prisoner and then let the dogs loose to follow the scent.
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