Endangered Dog Breeds #3 The Bloodhound

Endangered Dog Breeds

The Bloodhound

Bloodhound Puppies
A Litter of Bloodhound Puppies

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

Everything You Need To Know About The Bloodhound


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.

Do Bloodhounds Make Good Pets?

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

You can read about more endangered dog breeds here:

The Otterhound

The Welsh Corgi

The Skye Terrier



2 thoughts on “Endangered Dog Breeds #3 The Bloodhound

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  1. My dude Draven. Is not only my best mate but,at 4 years old is starting to scent and find. He seems to think he is welcome in the family and I totally agree with that, not only welcome but the hub! The entire house revolves around his laid back and thoughtful and lackadaisical attitude. A joy to behold and a privilege to not own but to live with because you can never own such an amazing beast, you can only be part of HIS family!!! My bloodhound is truly amazing.


    1. Such lovely words Darren. I have never even met a Bloodhound so it’s great to hear how special they are. I lreally like the name Draven, he sounds quite a character. I would love to see a photo of him. Thank you for giving us some insight.


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