Drag Hunting as a Sport

Drag Hunting as a Sport

Who Can Take Part in Drag Hunting? All ages are welcome in the sport of Drag Hunting. If a child (or indeed, an older adult) can safely handle a sharp gallop along More »

Drag Hunting FAQ’s

Drag Hunting FAQ’s

What is Drag Hunting? Two different types of scents are used in drag hunting. The first option is to use a human scent. This way of tracking is known as ‘hunting the More »

Betting on Drag Hunting

Betting on Drag Hunting

While betting on drag hunting isn’t popular, betting on Hound Trailing is. Betting is an integral part of this sport and a reason why it maintains its popularity to this day, particularly More »

Bloodhounds – A Few Facts You May Not Know

Bloodhounds – A Few Facts You May Not Know

Bloodhounds are a fascinating breed of dog. Their recorded history goes back over two hundred years to the 18th century! Let’s find out why this is. Let’s have a closer look at More »

Bloodhounds – An Uncertain History

Bloodhounds – An Uncertain History

There is little known about the exact origin of bloodhounds. It is thought they were around long before the Christian Era, found throughout the Mediterranean countries. In Claudius Aelianus’ ‘Historia Animalium’ – More »

 

Bloodhounds – An Uncertain History

There is little known about the exact origin of bloodhounds. It is thought they were around long before the Christian Era, found throughout the Mediterranean countries. In Claudius Aelianus’ ‘Historia Animalium’ – written in the 3rd century CE – he described a dog with unrivalled scent powers, and resolved to stick to the trail until the quarry was located. It is thought that this was the first actual written description of what we know today as a bloodhound.

What’s in a Name?

It is thought by some that the ‘blood’ in bloodhound comes from the term ‘blooded’. Blooded is a term used to describe a hound of pure breeding. There is, however, a different view. In the 16th Century John Caius – an English physician – described how these dogs were used in game parks to track the scent of blood. It is thought that this activity gave bloodhounds their name. This second account has a lot more popularity and is thought to be the correct one.

The Hound, the Legend

As the legend goes, the St Hubert hound was first bred by the monks at the Saint-Hubert Monastery in Belgium around 1000 CE. In French-speaking European countries, this particular breed is known as Chien de Saint-Hubert. It is agreed that the original St Hubert breed died out in the 19th century, due to excessive inbreeding.

In the later 19th century, French St Hubert enthusiasts imported bloodhounds from Britain, in order to re-establish the St Hubert bloodline. Le Couteulx de Canteleu bred over 300 dogs himself.

Also in the later 19th century, bloodhounds were imported to America from Britain. The hounds were then bred in America. This picked up after 1888 when Edwin Brough – an English breeder – displayed three of his hounds at the Westminster KC show held in New York City.