Saturday, August 17, 2013

Bloodhound History in Vintage Photos

Bloodhounds haven't changed much in a hundred years.  

But the breed looked a lot different in the early 1800s.

And didn't change much during the next 50 years. 

And then a fairly abrupt change thirty years later
Cassell's 1880 print below shows a more exaggerated conformation.

Dog exhibition and its requisite breed standard created a more exaggerated look, with more pendulous ears and looser skin.  I wrote an article published in the Fall 2013 issue of The Bark about the down side of using breed standards to define dogs.

The standard, written in 1896, has hardly changed since the breed was registered with the United Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club.  Neither has the dog.
2013 Wikipedia

This 1880s photo of Arizona Rangers with their scent hound stole my heart.
A dog and his boys
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  1. What a great photo of those guys with their dog!!! Sometimes I think there has been too much interference with breeding....I love the way some breeds used to look ie. the German Sherpherd. Much prefer the 1800's look of the Bloodhound!!

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