Basics of Dog Breed: Bloodhound

Posted on November 30 2018

Basics of Dog Breed: Bloodhound

Race history

Very old breed , the Dog of Saint Hubert was very early selected as a dog running for its infallible flair , its robustness and its endurance, in particular for the wild boar hunting. Excellent bloodhound, he met with great success in England . He was previously brought up by the monks Abbey of Saint-Hubert, in the Ardennes , hence its name. In the United States, slavers from the southern states used it to pursue escaped slaves. He was then part of many police forces around the world, especially in Anglo-Saxon countries. The dog breed of Saint Hubert was definitively recognized by the FCI in August 1960.

Physical characteristics

The Saint Hubert Dog is a massive, large dog, more powerful than other common dogs. It has a strong frame and a well developed musculature, but its imposing appearance is not associated with heaviness. On the other hand, the dog gives off a certain nobility. It has a rather elongated silhouette and is particularly recognizable by its abundant skin and falling at the level of the head and neck. The set is harmonious and its pace is rather slow.
Its hair: short, hard texture, dense and well lying on the whole body. Even shorter and softer in the head and ears. A little longer on the underside of the tail.
Its color :  can be either two-tone (black and fire or liver and fire), or one-colored red (light red to dark red).
Its head: massive, noble, high, revealing the bone structure, with flattened lateral faces and a square profile. The soft skin of the head is more abundant in the male. The stop is not very marked.
Its ears: very thin, elastic, tied very low, falling in elegant folds, with short and soft hairs, with long pavilions.
Its eyes: dark brown or nutty, medium size, oval, with the iris totally visible.
Its body :writable in a rectangle, with the lines of the top and bottom almost parallel, the withers moderately marked, the back straight and solid, the kidney wide, short and slightly curved, the chest of oval shape, wide and high, the belly very slightly statement.
Its tail: thick and slender towards the end, long, tied high, carried in saber, elegantly curved above the line of the back when the dog is in action.

Behavior with others

The dog of Saint Hubert is a dog of great gentleness and remarkable kindness . Extremely attached to his master, he is rather sociable with his peers and other animals around him. Its imposing proportions hide a great sensitivity. He is neither aggressive nor a big barker, although his tone of voice is well marked. He is both an excellent hunting dog (his favorite field), companion and guard. It is also distinguished for its research faculties including the rescue of missing persons , the search for fugitives, but also for the detection of narcotics. HisFlair is incredibly developed.

Education ...

Although kind, the Dog Saint Hubert can sometimes be obstinate . His education must therefore be firm and just. However, we must not look for the balance of power because it is extremely sensitive.

Living conditions

Because of its large size, the Dog Saint Hubert does not really accommodate the apartment life . This imposing dog needs space. He speaks to an available, active and understanding master . He loves the family environment and gets along with the kids as much as the other pets in the family.


Dog robust and resistant , the Dog of Saint Hubert has a good protection against bad weather thanks to his hair. On the other hand, certain diseases are to be watched in this race, in particular ocular affections  (entropion, ectropion). The atopic dermatitis (skin allergy) must also be taken seriously as bone problems such as patellar dislocation or hip dysplasia.

Maintenance and hygiene

The Saint Hubert dog requires only regular maintenance, especially at the ears , folds of the skin and eyes to prevent infections. This dog loses his hair regularly. You should expect to use the vacuum cleaner often. Only regular brushing can slow down this phenomenon.

Outings ...

He needs several daily outings . One alone is not enough to preserve its balance. However, it is better to avoid over-stressing it to avoid damaging the bone and joints.

Hygiene ...

It is recommended to brush the dog every week outside the moulting period. During this, brushing becomes more frequent. The ears and folds of the skin are also to be cleaned every week.

Price and budget

The purchase price of a Saint Hubert Dog is between 900 € and 1100 €.

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