Quick-witted, inquisitive and friendly, Bloodhounds are fun to have around. Here’s what you need to know about this breed.

Despite the intimidating breed name, Bloodhounds are among the sweetest pups out there. These dogs are named for their strong sense of smell and were originally used to track down deer and boars in medieval France. Today, many Bloodhounds work with police forces, and a testimony of a Bloodhound’s man trailing is admissible in almost any court. 

Bloodhound dogs are born to be members of a pack, so they love getting TLC from their family members. However, if you’re busy these pups are self-sufficient and can handle themselves independently if needed.

Why We Love the Bloodhound Breed

  • With their reputation as tracking dogs, many incorrectly assume that Bloodhounds are vicious and attack their prey once they find it. This couldn’t be further from the truth! These pups will only attack you with kisses. They are super sweet and gentle.
  • This breed uses its talents for good. Often employed as a man trailer for police departments or search and rescue teams, Bloodhound dogs love to do a great job at their assigned tasks.
  • The Bloodhound breed adores children and other pets. They are willing to welcome almost anyone into their pack with open paws.

Things to Consider

  • Though very friendly and open with family members, these pups can be uncertain of strangers and slightly wary of other animals.
  • Go ahead and buy a super strong leash if you’re adopting a Bloodhound. These energetic dogs needs plenty of exercise and can try to drag you away on the trail of a scent if they catch one!
  • Very smart and natural-born sleuths, these dogs can be stubborn and difficult to train. Also, good luck breaking that drooling habit (tip: you can’t)! 

Why Rescue?

Bloodhounds have been victims of overbreeding, and irresponsible breeding makes them more prone to certain health issues than they should be, such as torsion and hip and elbow dysplasia. These animals also eat strange objects and are prone to recurring ear infections, which can lead to the need for frequent vet attention — which can become costly. If you’re considering bringing a Bloodhound into the family, adopt a rescue!

Bloodhound Rescues 

Whether you’re looking for a Bloodhound puppy or an adult Bloodhound dog, there are tons of pups near you just waiting to find their forever home! Here are just a few:

Inquisitive, good-natured & affectionate
Avg. Weight
80 - 110 lbs
Weekly grooming required
Avg. Life Span
11 - 15 Years
Bloodhounds near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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