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Colors of the Bloodhound

There are three
recognized colors
in the bloodhound.
Black & Tan
Liver and Tan and

This page has photos of all 3 colors & some of
the variations of each.

To the right are pictures of a color not explained
in our standard.  To
make a complicated
issue easy to put into words for understanding,
I am going to give a
very basic explanation
of color. This is what is known as a light
skinned red. They have
the same coloring as
the liver and tan dog
but do not carry the
saddle. The eyes are
yellow or light hazel &
the nose is liver. They
are registered as Reds
with the AKC & will
carry the recessive Liver gene. There is no
disqualifying color in
the breed & although
the light skinned red is
not preferred, they can
be very beautiful dogs.
Cello finished his
championship easily in
one short summer.


To the right, is Peaches. She is Liver & Tan. Peaches is pictured being held at 5 wks & arriving at her new home at 8 weeks. As you can see, this breed grows very quickly!


The Black & Tan puppy
is born almost
completely black. Parts
of the legs may have a silver tint to them which will eventually turn tan.  This B/T pup is about 2 1/2 weeks of age.  Next to her is a 7 wk old Red with a black mask. This
is known as a dark skinned Red. Some dark skinned reds do not
carry the black mask but their eyes are a deep hazel & their noses are black. The Red has the same coloring as the Black & Tan but without the saddle.

The puppy on
dad's shoulder is
actually a Red. He was
born with a heavy black coloring but not solid black.  He will grow up
to carry that beautiful black mask &, due to
his black stripe, he will turn a very rich color of



Zephyrus is shown
at 8 weeks. He lost
much of his mask
around his mouth &
eyes as he got older.
This left him just a rim
around the eyes &

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Cello at 2 1/2 weeks

Cello at 6 months
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Peaches at 5 wks


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A Black & tan Girl at about
1 1/2 to 3 weeks


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Cello at 6 1/2 weeks

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Peaches at 8 wks


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A Red male at 7 wks




Riverbank's I Am Able at 2 wks
(Red Male)







Riverbank's Zephyrus
8 weeks old


As you see, these beautiful babies grow from about 12 to 16 ounces at

birth to upwards of 75 to 100 pounds at less than a year old.

If you are looking to purchase a Bloodhound, please do your homework and visit some of

these animals in their homes. You might be surprised at how much slobber you come out with!

For more information on the Bloodhound,
please visit the following sites.

American Bloodhound Club

Bloodhound Bunch

Brewdun Bloodhounds

Bloodhound History

Bloodhound AKC Standard

Bloodhound Health

Scentrax Bloodhounds

Briarpatch Bloodhounds

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