Origin: Belgium, France
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 40-50, Female: 36-45
Height: Male: 25-27, Female: 23-25
Origin of Name: The Bloodhound is a large scent hound, originally bred for hunting deer, wild boar and, since the Middle Ages, for tracking people.
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There is little information about the origin of the bloodhound, but some officials say that the breed was known around the ancient Mediterranean Sea. In his "Historia Animalium", the third-century scholar Aelian mentions a plot of unmatched aromatic powers, so devoted to his work that he is not removed from the mark until his mine is found. Can go Bloodhound, then, appears to be the oldest extinction wound, which hunts by myrrh and contributes to the development of later predatory breeds, such as the Black and Tan Conohound and other conhound varieties.
Bloodhounds as we know they were proven in Western Europe about a thousand years ago. The credit for the careful development of the breed goes to high-ranking members of the pre-Reformation Church. In medieval times, when the bishops also rode for the ropes, many prominent princes of the Church maintained packs of hounds based on the well-funded monasteries of England and France. So the monks who carried out the careful bishop's reproduction program were accused of having their wounds known as "blood sores" - "bloodied" meaning "aristocratic blood".
Over the centuries, Noble Bloodhound has earned the same reputation as a male-trailer. Police departments around the world have relied on these muscular, single-minded wounds to follow the smell of humans - perhaps a criminal, or a lost child, or a confused senior. An assignment can take place all day and night, over hills and through swamps, but there will be bloodshed until they follow the trail to the end. In these days of high-technology, no sniffing device yet developed is as accurate as a bloodhound nose.