A bloodhound named Trumpet won best-in-show at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. It was the first time a bloodhound won this prestigious honor in the 146-year-long history of the show. The first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was on May 8, 1877. The Kentucky Derby, which started in 1875, is the only continuously held sporting event that has been around longer in the United States.

 

 

Do not be misled by the Bloodhound’s appearance or tendency to lay around the house, even though it is one of those dogs with a sluggish look. Once he detects an exciting scent, this dog is a very concentrated and active tracker. And the Bloodhound is renowned for being exceptionally independent, challenging, and maybe a little stubborn. He is one of the kindest dogs a family could own.

The Bloodhound can be challenging to train, but it is probably the best tracker in the world. It has tracked people since the Middle Ages. Its keen sense of smell can detect human scents after many days. Law enforcement officers worldwide use the Bloodhound to locate escapees or missing persons.

The breed’s history is uncertain, but it has probably been around for hundreds of years. Legend has it that William the Conquerer may have brought this hound to England.

 

 

This dog can make an amiable family pet that gets along well with kids. It is a scent hound included as a member of the AKC’s Hound Group.

 

 

Taking Care of Your Bloodhound

The Bloodhound requires moderate daily exercise because of its hunting-related genetics. While on the hunt, they use their stored-up energy. When not hunting, it spends most of its time being lazy and resting in the yard. If you own one of these dogs, ensure the Bloodhound has a secure area so he cannot wander off, as they sometimes tend to do.

Baby boy with his bloodhound
Baby boy with his Bloodhound

This dog breed requires daily grooming due to its robust facial features and deep wrinkles. Its short-haired coat typically requires only the occasional brushing and minimum maintenance. Please take additional care when washing the flaps around the eyes, gums, and ears.

 

 

The perfect indoor or outdoor pet is the Bloodhound. It also tolerates hotter climates even if it prefers cooler ones as long as there is plenty of shade and comfortable bedding for its resting place. The dog can be a little messy, so individuals who are obsessive about keeping their homes spotless should be aware of this.

Health Issues

These dogs are large, 23-27 inches in height, and weigh between 80 to 110 pounds. Their long ears and droopy skin give it a distinctive appearance but require attention to prevent medical issues.

The Bloodhound lives for seven to ten years, as do several other large dog breeds. CHD, stomach torsion, entropion, otitis externa, elbow dysplasia, and skin-fold dermatitis are the primary health issues in this breed. Ask your veterinarian to keep an eye out for hypothyroidism, which is a relatively minor problem.