This is a condensed overview of the History of Bloodhounds.Circa 1000-2000 BC - There is a plaque from Ancient Babylon of a type of bloodhound
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ANCIENT BLOODHOUND HISTORY:
with a tail curled over it's back.
Circa 630-699 BC - In the Nineveh Palace there is an illustration of an ancient dog,
history refers to as a bloodhound/mastiff. (Photo above: Courtesy of the British Museum)
Circa 55 BC - When the Romans arrived in Britian, they spoke of finding great scent hounds.
EUROPEAN BLOODHOUND HISTORY:
Circa 727 AD - The French Monastery,
beginning with St. Hubert, bred hounds with
great noses, courage, endurance & throatiness.
Most of these dogs were black with some
red/fawn accents. St. Hubert is generally
thought to be the beginning for true
Circa 1066 AD - St. Hubert Hounds
came to England, and were often a gift for
Circa 1066 AD - At the same time Talbot
Hounds existed and were white. They were
later crossed with St. Hubert Hounds.
Circa 1859 / 1860 - In 1859 England
had it's first Dog Show. In 1860 Bloodhounds
were actually entered in a dog show.
Circa 1888 - There were 3 Bloodhounds entered at the Westminister Kennel Club.
Circa 1910 - The American Kennel Club had about 200 Bloodhounds registered in the club,
versus 2,379 Collies (Collies were the number one breed at that time).
Circa 1962 - The National Police Association was formed ( but it was initially called the
Eastern Police Bloodhound Association).
Circa 2005 - The American Kennel Club had 3,112 Bloodhounds registered; and a Bloodhound
("Knotty" - shown below on the left) won the Eukanuba Dog Show.