The Bloodhound is a common sight in movies that feature escaped convicts. Although the sound of these big dogs baying as they discover the scent they are searching for may be a chilling sound to an escapee, it can be a comforting sound. After all, these dogs are also used to track people who are missing or disoriented.
This dog, which is a member of the American Kennel Club's Hound Group, stands twenty three to twenty seven inches tall and weighs in at eighty to one hundred ten pounds. The dog is known for it's long droopy ears and gloomy looking wrinkled face. They have short coats of coarse hair, which can come in black and tan, red, or liver and tan colors.
Although criminals dread this breed, these dogs are really too sweet to be used as guard or attack dogs. It is true that they will track down a man's scent, but these dogs do not hunt people to harm them. The dog needs to work with a handler because they will rush right up to a hardened killer and great him like a long lost friend.
While their gentle nature makes these dogs a wonderful choice for families, the dog does have some quirks. This breed is a decision maker, which means it does not do well with obedience training. The same traits that enable this breed to track down scents make the dog less likely to comply and more stubborn than most other breeds.
Teaching your dog to obey involves a lot of patience and understanding. Never yell at him or treat him roughly, as he may become permanently scarred from this behaviour. If you can't teach your puppy to obey commands, you may want to consider getting help from a professional dog trainer who uses positive reinforcement methods.
Although the dog loves to spend time with its family, this breed cannot endure life in the city. These sniffer dogs need more exercise than most breeds.
A house with a large fenced yard is ideal. You may also need to take your dog for long walks to burn off excess energy.
This dog enjoys eating and can make a considerable difference to your grocery budget.
Although they do not need to be brushed often, they do need to have their face wrinkles and creases cleaned to prevent odors and bacteria growth. You also should be prepared for your dog to develop ear infections if enough air does not circulate to his ears.
If you want a dog breed that has withstood the test of time and still has a wonderful temperament, you may want to take a close look at the Bloodhound
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