Dog Breed Guide: Bloodhound

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A Bloodhound puppy with pet insurance from Pets Best.
A Bloodhound.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Bloodhound

Height (to base of neck): females 23-25″ males 25-27″
Weight:  females 80-100 lb, males 90-110 lb
Color: Black and tan, liver and tan or red.
Origin: Mediterranean
Coat: Smooth, short and hard hairs with softer texture hair on the ears.
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Energy level: Moderate to high
Exercise needs: Moderate to high

Is a Bloodhound the Right Dog Breed for You?

The bloodhound was bred to follow scents for hunting and they continue to excel in tracking, often used by the military and police force for search and rescue.  They are determined and hardworking.  They tend to be even tempered, docile and can be a little shy.  They are friendly with other dogs and people.  Puppies are highly curious and have been known to eat inappropriate objects.  They are not trust-worthy off leash because of their tendency to follow scents.  They are high energy outside, but tend to be pretty quiet indoors. Bloodhounds are droolers, and can be vocal and prone to howling, baying and whining.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Bloodhound 

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Skin Allergies  $1,481  $3,130
 Lipoma  $375  $914
 Ear Infections  $321  $1,261
 Pyoderma  $98  $155


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