The bloodhound is one of the heaviest canines. The males can weigh up to fifty-five kilograms and the females up to fifty kilograms, however their average weight is about ten kilograms less. The most noticeable thing about these dogs is their noble looking heads, which is wide in proportion to its length and long for its body. The back part of the head is extremely developed. Its eyes are very sunken in and its ears are soft and fine to the touch and are long with creases. The abundant wrinkles they have on their face decorate it; its skin falls over the whole side of the front and lateral parts of the head. Its neck is long and this allows it to be able to follow its trace with its nose n the ground without slowing down. The bloodhound's chest descends downwards well and forms into a hole. The front legs are straight and strong looking; the hind legs are well angled and its hock is low. They vary in color and can be black and reddish brownish etc. the average height of a male is sixty three to sixty nine centimeters and the female's height is around fifty-eight to sixty three centimeters.

Ideal owner:
This dog is well known for its ability to smell and is considered one of the best tracers and is probably one of the most serene dogs as well. The bloodhound is naturally very decided and tireless. Like most hounds, it enjoys being around people especially those that enjoy playing and having a good time. Its pretty calm while in the house but it can be quite a noisemaker outside of the house because of the way it barks. If you are interested in one of these dogs the ideal is to have a large outside space such as a farm because it needs to live in big spaces. Make sure to keep your property fenced though because when the bloodhound smells something it will try to trace it with the speed of the wind. Despite its large size it isn't a guard dog and it does not attack people. It is known as one of the most lovable and patient dogs.

A female bloodhound is able to have at one time varies as it can be anywhere from very few to around fifteen. Obviously due to this factor, the size of the puppies also varies and in the larger size litters the puppies are born smaller. It is necessary to supply them with very good quality food and you will need to focus on getting the smaller ones to grow to the same size as the rest. At birth, the bloodhound is usually completely black or red and then changes to as it grows. They tend to grow very quickly and you will need to follow along with the feeding suggestions the breeder or veterinarian gives you. During adolescence it can have some eating problems so you will need to make sure to keep an eye on this especially during its growth because it is a vital to avoiding future problems. The bloodhound reaches its full growth at the age of two years and in males it can take longer. Female bloodhounds can take up to a year to go into heat for the first time and even longer in some occasions.

General health:
All in all, the bloodhound is a fairly easy dog to take care of. It has a great and very balanced personality and the amount of exercise it needs, can be taken care of by taking it on long walks which is something it will highly enjoy. This breed is pretty much free of hereditary and congenital problems although problems with hip and elbow dysphasia can occur. The most common problem in these dogs is ectropion and dry conjunctivitis. Its long ears also have a tendency to getting infections so it will be necessary to keep this is check. And it is also a good idea to always check the creases on its skin to see if there are any irritations, which sometimes happens. It has also been seen that bloodhounds can suffer from stomach problems which is why it is better to feed them two small meals a day rather then one big one and to allow them access to water all the time; exercise is also vital. If there are bone problems during growth you will need to let your veterinarian know about it and remember to always take it to its regular scheduled check ups.

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