According to the American Kennel Club, this dog was once described as a "unique-looking dog in a baggy suit" because of its loose skin and large ears. Pretty may not come to mind when you look at this breed, but for a hunter or a family, the bloodhound deserves a good look.
Bloodhounds have been around since before the Crusades and are so-named because they were a noble dog, a "blooded hound." There are few dogs who trail a scent better than the bloodhound; evidence found by bloodhounds has even held up in court [source: American Kennel Club]. For the bloodhound, the thrill is in the chase, not actually killing the prey. This breed makes a great hunter and companion. So, how does it rate as a family pet?
This droopy dog is good with children and other dogs, reserved and not easily excited. It's gentle and loving, but stubborn and so you need patience when training. This dog will take charge of your household if allowed, so establish who's boss early. You don't need a lot of space for your bloodhound as long as you give it lots of exercise. However, it can climb, jump or dig to escape a fence.
This slobbering, bumbling pet isn't for everyone, but the faithful and kind temperament that make these dogs a hit on the hunt can work just as well with your family.
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