Endangered Dog Breeds
This month there will be a series of blog posts featuring dog breeds which have become rare in the UK.
We hear so much about the Labradors, German Shepherds, and Collies which are popular breeds. However, numbers are declining in rarer breeds and it would be such a shame to see them disappear completely.
This time we take a look at The Bloodhound,
Endangered Dog Breeds
The Bloodhound is a large scent hound, easily recognised by his large ears and drooping eyes which give him a sad, mournful expression. The skin hangs in deep folds and wrinkles, which together with the sweeping ears can help to pass scent up to the nose for tracking purposes.
They originated in Europe and were originally known as St.Hubert Hounds after the Abbey of Saint -Hubert, a monastery in Belgium where they were first bred as far back as 1000AD
They were originally bred to hunt for deer and wild boar but since the Middle Ages, they have been used to track people. Consequently, the hound was also known as the ‘Sleuth hound’.
Police forces all over the world use bloodhounds to track and catch escaped convicts and missing people. They have the ability to pick up a human scent days after it was left, and will track tirelessly.
The bloodhound is only interested in finding his quarry, once found the bloodhound has no interest in attacking his prey, in fact, he is more likely to lick them to death.
This strong tracking sense means that they have a single-minded nature and can be hard to train. However, they make adorable pets with their affectionate nature.
They are ‘silent trailers ‘when used alone and kept on a leash, which is unusual in scent hounds. However, if the bloodhound hunts off leash as part of a pack he will let out an impressive loud braying sound whilst he searches.
Bloodhounds need a good amount of exercise and a large, secure garden.
Unfortunately, they slobber and shed, so not for the houseproud. Also, their great love for people makes them unreliable watchdogs.
The average bloodhound is 25 inches tall and ninety pounds.
The large ears and wrinkled skin should be checked regularly for signs of infection.
Only 88 new puppy bloodhound registrations were recorded in 2017 in the UK.
If you are interested in owning a bloodhound all UK registered bloodhound breeders can be found here