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Tags: hound, Large-sized, Kid-friendly, Calm temperament

About that "blood" in our name -- it's not that we only follow trails for blood (although we will if asked politely). Rather, we were the aristocratic "blooded hound" with untainted lineage. We go all the way back to the 9th Century Monastery of Saint Hubert, in the forested Ardennes region of Belgium. Saint Hubert is the patron saint of hunters and those monks produced a scent-hound that could track game -- including wolves and big cats but also wounded deer -- with the best of them. Our work in the service of law enforcement is legendary. The Bloodhound was recognized in 1995 by the AKC, where we're part of the club's Hound Group.

Rave review

  • Affectionate, devoted family friend
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Calm as a clam
  • Confident and self-assured
  • Easygoing
  • Even-tempered, good-natured

Report card

  • Independent thinker
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Lives to work
  • Loves kids and vice-versa
  • Never aggressive
  • Outdoors enthusiast
  • Pleased to please
  • Caters to the country, tolerates town
  • Takes to training

What to expect

I need you to start my training and socialization early and keep at it. Be firm (but never harsh), consistent and just as patient as I will be with you and the family. Please don't overdo the strenuous exercise or feeding during my growth stage. And please give my coat a regular brushing, which can be just as good as a bath to prevent that doggie smell. With my sensitive nose, I don't want a stinky dog following me around -- and neither do you.

Watch for

Generally free of serious hereditary and congenital disease but watch for hip and elbow dysplasia and bone-developmental problems during growth stage. Also possible eye problems around droopy lower eyelids, infections in pendulous ears, and bloat.

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