This is the official web site of the American Bloodhound Club. We are excited to have you visit and learn more about our special hounds. The Bloodhound is not a dog that one simply owns or belongs to; but it is a breed that captivates almost everyone who comes in contact with them. We often refer to ourselves not as Bloodhound owners but Bloodhound people. It may sound a bit silly but you will often find a Bloodhound person proudly displaying a Bloodhound symbol be it a piece of jewelry, a belt buckle, bumper sticker etc. A favorite bumper sticker simply says “Support your Local Bloodhound, get LOST!” In fact, that says much about our hounds. The Bloodhounds are the oldest of the scent hounds and the one having the keenest sense of smell of any dog. That also means the Bloodhound is popular as a working dog in tracking a police suspect or in a search and rescue operation. A Bloodhound is indeed one of the few breeds, if not the only one, whose testimony can be upheld in a court of law.
Bloodhounds are big and powerfully built. They have a history that extends back to the 7th century AD in France. The name Bloodhound was derived from the expression “blooded hound”, meaning a hound of pure breeding. When a Bloodhound owns you, you have an incredible responsibility to them. They are big, they slobber, and they eat a lot. They have absolutely no road sense at all so you need to protect them with a fenced yard and walk them only with a lead. In return the Bloodhound will be incredibly devoted and loving, and they tend to constantly warm your heart as well as make you laugh.
The American Bloodhound Club was formed in 1952 to encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Bloodhounds and to protect and advance the interest of the breed. We are pleased to have you visit our site and would welcome any questions you might have regarding our beloved Bloodhound. Enjoy!