History, nobility and keen determination flow through the veins of the wondrous Bloodhound, the living descendant of St. Hubert's hounds, raised by clerics in a monastery in the Ardennes region of France. Immensely gifted as a scenthound, the Bloodhound was bred to trail game that it could not see merely by following a scent. The breed's large size, fearlessness and trailing ability have enabled it to pursue large game, including deer, elk and bear, as well as sheep thieves, poachers and escaped convicts.
Although not ideal for every dog lover captivated by the breed's allure, the Bloodhound makes a devoted, affectionate companion for the family able to provide sufficient accommodations for this 100-plus-pound canine. The Bloodhound's grand demeanor and wrinkly appearance continue to fascinate humankind as have the breed's super-canine nose and abilities for centuries.
This colorful and insightful book discusses the Bloodhound's ancestry and history, characteristics, breed standard as well as health concerns, puppy selection, feeding and caring for the dog. New owners will welcome the author's helpful chapter on housebreaking and obedience training, which outlines a positive, commonsense approach to these important lessons. Additionally, a lavishly illustrated chapter on canine health, written by Dr. Lowell Ackerman, addresses topics vital to every Bloodhound owner, including selecting a veterinarian, vaccinations, parasite control and more. Colorful sidebars highlight important information and helpful advice.