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    Bloodhound |Belgium/England|

    Bloodhound |Belgium/England|

    The Bloodhound is one of the foremost trailing and tracking dogs in the world, with superlative scenting skills and the ability to track old trails over virtually any terrain—even occasionally across water. These dogs are used extensively by the police for tracking, as well as by searchand- rescue organizations. The breed name is based on the dog’s ability to follow a blood trail. Bloodhounds have exceptional temperaments: they are kind, gentle, and mostly good with children and other animals. However, they require lots of space, like to be with other dogs, have a tendency to bay loudly when excited, and can be difficult to obedience train. They are not, therefore, ideal for first-time dog owners.

    History

    Known as the Chien de Saint Hubert in most of continental Europe, the modern Bloodhound is generally believed to have developed from the ancient St. Hubert’s Hound, which was bred by monks at the Monastery of St. Hubert in Belgium from the eighth century. These hounds were often sent to kings and aristocrats as gifts to curry favor for the monastery, and accordingly, word of their fine hunting skills spread throughout Europe. The dogs were taken to England early in their history, possibly by William the Conqueror, and were described in detail in 1570 by John Caius in his book Of Englishe Dogges. Bloodhounds were first specifically mentioned in the United States in 1619 at the Virginia Assembly when it was made illegal to sell them to Native Americans. Bloodhounds were accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1885, but numbers remained low until the twentieth century. The breed is now relatively well supported in the United States and England.

    A Bloodhound puppy will usually grow by four to seven pounds (and one inch) each week.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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