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Woof Wednesday

While coming up with today’s Woof Wednesday topic, Elvis Presley’s "You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog" leapt unbidden into my mind. So I figured it was prime time to delve into the top five most fascinating facts about everyone’s favorite hound dog: the Bloodhound.

#5 Party Animal

The Bloodhound is not for those who are rarely home. They’re very social animals and while they won’t actually throw wild parties while you’re away (that we know of…), they will get depressed. So if you’re home a lot, have a family and even other pets, your Bloodhound will think he’s found heaven.

#4 Gentle Hounds

The Bloodhound will never have a career in the world of guard dogs. They just don’t have it in them to be mean and growly. These gentle dogs are kind, friendly, and loving. They also welcome everyone, whether you want them to be welcomed or not. So if you want a Bloodhound and your home protected, we suggest you install an alarm.

#3 Single-Minded

Some might call them stubborn, but this is only because they have such strong tracking instincts. In fact, Bloodhound owners are recommended to have a fenced-in yard, as they are nearly unstoppable once they pick up a scent. This stubbornness and determination also makes them difficult to train. But it can be done.

#2 Undercover Mutt?

The Bloodhound is also known as the St. Hubert hound. This is no alias to escape from the law. It is because the breed originated from the monks of St. Hubert, way back in 8th century Belgium.

#1 Tracker Extraordinaire

While they do enjoy a bit of a barking session outside, the Bloodhound takes tracking seriously and usually does so in silence (which makes sense, as you never want your target to know you’re coming…). Their skills at tracking are so amazing they are able to pick up a scent from only one or two skin cells! That’s right, no fancy equipment from the latest CSI episode needed.

So there you have it, the top five fascinating facts about the bloodhound. Just remember to live your life crime-free, or the Bloodhound will find you.

Woof! It’s Wednesday.

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