According to the latest estimates, it is believed that there are between 200,000 and 250,000 bloodhounds left in the world. This is a significant decline from the 1950s, when the population was estimated to be around 8 million.
Bloodhounds, also known as sleuth hounds, are a specific breed of dog that has been developed over several centuries for the purpose of tracking human scent. They were traditionally used by law enforcement and hunters, but are now also popular as pets due to their lovable and loyal personalities. They are most recognizable by their big ears and unique facial features.
Unfortunately, due to their declining numbers and increased risk of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified the bloodhound as a “vulnerable” species on their endangered species list. This means that the species is considered at risk of becoming extinct in the near future if action is not taken to protect them. The main threats to the bloodhound’s survival include poaching and illegal hunting for their valuable fur and hunting dogs, as well as habitat loss due to deforestation and industrial development.
The good news is that there are several initiatives underway to help protect the bloodhound population and ensure they remain a part of our world. The most well-known is the Bloodhound Foundation, which was founded in the US in 1978 and works to preserve the breed through research and conservation efforts. The organization also works to link bloodhound enthusiasts and breeders with educational materials and resources.
Another organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the bloodhound is The Bloodhound Club, which was founded in the UK in 1989 and is currently the largest bloodhound registry in the world. The club is dedicated to promoting the responsible ownership of bloodhounds and has had numerous successes in increasing the public awareness of the breed’s plight.
Finally, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has set up a special designation for bloodhounds that are registered with the AKC – the Breeders of Merit Program. This program recognizes and rewards breeders who take steps to preserve the bloodhound’s unique characteristics and to maintain their health and happiness.
With the combined efforts of the various organizations, it is hoped that the bloodhound population will remain stable and that the breed will avoid extinction. However, it is important for bloodhound owners and breeders to continue to do their part by ensuring their hounds receive the proper care, nutrition, and exercise to keep them healthy and active.