Purpose of the Wrinkles on a Bloodhound
Many Bloodhounds are very reserved, wary and what can appear shy
to people who don't know them and the dogs may react in strange surroundings by
bolting away from what has suddenly drawn its attention. The dogs will often
spook at loud noises and flashes of objects or movement. Not all Bloodhounds do
this but many do and it's actually nothing to do with being shy or scared it’s
more about being smart and savvy.
I learned this first hand from Incredible Sue, who would not let anybody touch her unless she had found them in work or lived with them and I for at least six months. She would follow and find anybody and proved to be incredible in many ways.
|"Rea Valley's Incredible Sue" My first Bloodhound 1996-2006|
Born in Indiana, raised and worked in Arkansas, retired in Oregon
Bloodhounds will look afraid to us when most of them
aren't, the dogs are only getting the bearings on their surroundings and using
their senses to figure out what the noise was or flash of movement was from under a ton
of wrinkles and loose skin that gets in the way.
Good trailing Bloodhounds can be very wary and shy of new
things because they are always ready to work a scent so they pay attention to
nothing but the nose.
When the bloodhound nose is down the eyes are covered by wrinkles and
folds of skin that capture and trap scent around the dog's face and nose as the
dog moves. The long ears have a purpose to flap side to side as the dog is moving, fanning the air up from the
ground into the wrinkled face.
The Bloodhound's amazing scenting abilities rely on the nose and not eyesight so having wrinkles fall over their eyes is natural for them but this does lead to a sometimes clumsy dog and puppies who will accidentally walk into a wall. Going up and down steps can be troublesome for young dogs when the skin on their forehead fall over the face and eyes get covered as they look down steps and from high places.
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