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The Bloodhound is one of the oldest breeds of scent hounds. This saggy, baggy breed has been around since before the Crusades, when they were brought from Constantinople to Europe to hunt deer and wild boar.
Bloodhounds are famous for their keen sense of smell and many work as members of the law enforcement family here in the United States. They have been used to track humans for over a century and their noses are so reliable that evidence obtained by Bloodhounds is even allowed in a court of law!
In terms of their personality, these super sniffers are affectionate but shy. They are sensitive dogs, both to love and to correction, so gentle yet firm training is required. However, their tracking instinct is strong and they will readily follow a scent, making training more difficult than with some other breeds.
Although this breed has often sniffed out missing persons until they were safe and sound, they are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that may adversely affect their health – as well as your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Bloodhounds are prone to include digestive problems such as gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV or bloat); joint conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia; eye problems such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, cherry eye and entropion.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Bloodhound inherits more than just a nose-worthy skill of smell, you’re protected.