Other names : Chien de Saint-Hubert, St. Hubert Hound

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Life expectancy

The Bloodhound has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 23 and 26 in
Male Between 25 and 28 in

Adult weight

Female Between 88 and 106 lb
Male Between 101 and 119 lb
Coat colour
Black Red
Type of coat
Short Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Bloodhound costs between £760 and £1075

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More details about the Bloodhound

Bloodhound: Origins and history

The Bloodhound is believed to originate from the St.Hubert hound, dating back as far as the Middle Ages. The breed was famed for accompanying royals on hunting trips, thanks to its renowned sense of smell. Numerous hound breeds from Europe, however, have blended together to create the sweet-natured giant we know and love today.

FCI classification of the Bloodhound

  • Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

  • Section 1 : Scent hounds

Training a Bloodhound

Well-trained Bloodhounds make for the perfect family pet - it’s just getting to that point which is the problem! Their prominent independent and stubborn streak means they can be a little tricky to train - it’s a classic case of ‘my way or the highway!’.

It’s not impossible, though - with patience, persistence and plenty of positive reinforcement, a Bloodhound will eventually learn who’s boss. If you really struggle, it’s probably best to head to a doggy obedience class. Gaining a strong recall is especially important with this breed.

Thankfully, once they’ve started picking things up, they quickly turn into a well-behaved, calm, obedient pooch.

Bloodhound: Purchase price

This breed doesn’t come cheap! You’re looking at at least £760 for a Bloodhound and if the dog is registered at the Kennel Club they can cost approximately £1075.

Average cost care: £50-£70 (this includes food, grooming, and other expenses)

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