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Training &Temperament

They need a lot of exercise and most fall into the medium to high activity energy level. Exercise needs to be age and development stage appropriate. Bloodhound puppies put on 3-5 pounds a week, so don’t overdo with heavy pounding exercise on asphalt/concrete and hard surfaces during the little puppy, growing puppy, and teenage stages. Instead choose grassy, barked/mulched walking trails or areas for walks. Play with other dogs is healthy, but be aware that most Bloodhounds have no concept of their size or strength around small dogs or toddlers, so monitor play. Keep in mind that this breed is “little” for a very few short months of their life, but an extra large dog for 10+ years. Imagine the behavior that you will want in an adult Bloodhound, and set yourself up for success in the beginning months by training, and everyone in the family reinforcing those desired behaviors from the start. No one can do “pitiful” like a Bloodhound puppy, but stay strong and resolved, preparing for the adult years to come, because it is much easier to correct a 4 month old then an adult Bloodhound who has learned to be boss. There are many options for bloodhounds! Try trailing, tracking, obedience or agility. The American Bloodhound Club will be happy to provide you with advice and guidance in these pursuits.

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Did You Know?

The Bloodhound made its appearance in Europe long before the Crusades, the first specimens being brought from Constantinople in two strains, black and white.

The first recorded use of Bloodhounds by organized law enforcement was in England in 1805 when the Thrapston Association for the Prevention of Felons acquired a Bloodhound to search for poachers and thieves.

Testimony of a Bloodhound's mantrailing results is acceptable in almost any court.

The Bloodhound is called the modern representative of the oldest race of hounds that hunt by scent.

The term "Bloodhound" refers not to what the Bloodhound trails but instead refers to its status as the "blooded hound," meaning aristocratic, since such great lengths were taken early on to keep the strain clean.

In the 12th century, when even bishops rode to the hounds, dignitaries of the Church were among the foremost in fostering the development of the Bloodhound.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black & Tan 018
Liver & Tan 124
Red 140


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code