General Character

intelligent but not easy "trainable". Simply put, the Bloodhound is a dog attached to a nose. When the nose turns "ON" the brain shuts down.  Although the Bloodhound is a very affectionate dog, it does not have the "will" or "desire" to please you. They are not Push Button dogs and can be rather tenacious in nature. 
This breed is a gentle yet tireless dog when following a scent. Because of its strong tracking/trailing instinct, it can be willful and somewhat difficult to obedience train. Bloodhounds have an affectionate and even-tempered nature, making excellent family pets. However, like any large breed, they require supervision when around small children. The biggest concern would be knocking over a small child.
Bloodhounds are described as noble and dignified, however they can be the biggest clowns! They will keep you busy and keep you laughing...... if you have a great sense of humour. Even when they steal your leopard Pj's!


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What do They Look Like?

While the standard calls for the average and ideal height of an adult male Bloodhound to be between 25" to 27", you will see them as large as 32" or more at the shoulders. The bitches average a bit smaller (23" to 25"), but you will still see a few reach the height of 28" or more. They can weigh up to 130# or more. While you will also find them smaller than the standard, these are not small dogs by any means. This pretty much puts their tails at coffee table height. They do not reach their full weight and body type until 2-3 years of age and their brains seem to follow that trend.


Recognized Bloodhound Colors
The Bloodhound comes in 3 colors: Black and Tan, Liver and Tan (Red and Tan) and Red (Tawny). A small amount of white is allowed on the chest, feet and the tip of the tail. While there are variations of these colors, they still fall into one of these color patterns. A predominantly black where the black "saddle" covers most of the body except for some red on the legs and face is often referred to as a "black" but is still considered a Black and Tan. This can go the other way also, where the saddle on the black and tan or liver and tan can be badgered or even just a few dark hairs. The variation in the "red" color can be anywhere from a light tan to a deep red. Below are examples of the three colors.

Black and Tan Liver and Tan Red


For saddle patterns breeders use the terms B1 -B4 to grade the amount of saddle, this grading system is used on both liver and tan and black and tans dogs. Not L1-L4 All of these saddle patterns are equally exeptable although a B4 or full coat is a recessive gene and is usually more rare to see. Although some colors can be rare there should not be a difference in price for liver and tan vs Black and tan, this is usually a ploy from backyard breeders. There should no preferrance given in the ring for amount of saddle.
B1 B2 B3 B4

The Reds

 Black Muzzeled Red  Red  Liver Nosed Red
   

Full Coats
 Full Coat Liver  Full Coat Black
 

Notes about color
Most Black and Tan puppies are born with the same amount of Black. It is hard to tell at birth how dark the puppy will be once grown. Some puppies do appear darker but surprisingly in the end they may not end up much darker than their lightner littermates. Full Coat BT or LT is usually hard to identify until puppies are 6-12 weeks. Full coats tend to grow with their color rather than grow out of it. Some people do not realize how much color their BT or LT pup will loose throughout the first 2 years. All red puppies are born with a stripe of darker guard hairs down their back some darker than others this black stripe tends to fade before 6 months of age. All BT puppies have a full saddle at birth , you do not see split saddles or grizzled saddles on newborns. Even if a BT puppy grows and has barely a trace of their saddle left they are still considered a BT not a red. As you can see below It is very easy to identify Red vs BT.


Basics of color Genetics

Black & Tan =BT
Liver & Tan =LT
Red= R

BT+BT= will produce all BT puppies (amount of saddle is dependant on Parents and lineage
BT(carrying LT gene) + BT (carrying LT gene)= BT + LT puppies only when both parents are carriers for LT
LT + BT (non LT carrier)= all BT puppies
LT+LT = all LT puppies never BT even if both LT have BT parents
Red is only produced if one of the parents is a red
R + BT= Red and BT puppies providing the Red had a BT parent
R(LT carrier) + BT(LT carrier)= can potentially produce all colors of puppies R,BT,LT and liver nosed reds
Reds who are born of 2 red parents will go on to only producing reds regarless of what they are bred to.