Bloodhounds are one of the oldest breeds of dogs that hunt by scent. They are distinguished by their pendulous ears, loose skin and extraordinary olfactory powers. It is believed that the modern bloodhound developed from the St. Huberts and the Talbots, two ancient European hounds of the 7th and 8th centuries. The bloodhound has unmatched ability to discriminate human scent, and only a trained bloodhound’s evidence is accepted in a court of law. Remarkably, the same bloodhound may be on a trail one day, in the show or obedience ring the next, and laying on your couch the day after that!