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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Bloodhound

The bloodhound is also called St. Hubert hound (especially in Belgium and France) because its ancestry can be traced to the monastery of St. Hubert in Belgium. It was bred as a pack hound and used to track game - this it would do relentlessly for days on end if required. In the eleventh century, the Saint Hubert reached Britain with William the Conqueror, and was then selectively bred and refined.

Sir Walter Scott had a tomcat called Hinse who tormented the writer’s dogs until a bloodhound called Nimrod killed him in 1826. 

A bloodhound called Ludvine joined the Elkmont Half Marathon in Alabama on January 16, 2016

after her owner let her out to go pee. She ran the entire 13.1 miles and finished 7th.

The bloodhound grows to a height of about 65 cm/26 in.


The world record for the longest ears on a dog belongs to bloodhound Tigger, who died in 2009. His right ear measured 13.5in while his left was 13.75in. 

The bloodhound's nose consists of approximately 230 million olfactory cells, or “scent receptors” — forty times the number in humans. They have been used to trail human scent since Roman times.


Bloodhounds’ long ears not only help their hearing, but also aid their sense of smell. By dragging their ears along the ground, they sweep up particles that make up a scent trail.

The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court. Its sensitive nose is used in court to match scene-of-crime evidence to criminals.

Source Daily Mail

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