Tom Middlemas

 

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On talking to a friend recently it transpires that people who have never even met me are criticizing both my own credentials andmy dog breeding especially it seems I am at odds with the purists over my cross breeding.

I must point out that first of all all of my dogs are bred for specific Search and Rescue purposes and their specific sizes and attributes are thoroughly researched including their genetic profiles and their known histograms.

I produced these dogs as not everyone wants or is able to keep a full sized bloodhound but for SAR we want the best nose possible with as many of the bloodhound's problems with skin, eyes, hips etc as we can alleviated  whilst still maintaining the fantastic nasal abilities and that is why I put a great deal of study into my dogs before I even think of a cross and I try using my knowledge and study of genetics to produce sound working animals and with the successes that are recorded and readily available for anyone to read these dogs have been a great success both here and in other countries.

It may seem unbelievable to some people but the dogs I breed are NOT FOR SALE and are only GIVEN by me to people who want to work them in SAR WORK and there is a NO BREEDING CLAUSE without my agreement from  so there will never be any 2nd generation mongrels from my SAR dogs.

My own qualifications can all be verified easily and as I do not make any money from my SAR seminars in the many countries that I work in I find it sad that people who do not know anything about me think they can criticize my ethics.

It all goes to make me more reluctant to share the knowledge that we have amassed on SAR over the years with people who are not involved in SAR Dog work and that is a sad reflection on certain dog owners.

Information, Facts & History of the Bloodhound Dog

All owners of dogs and puppies are concerned about the health care of their pets and just as with humans dog health issues arise from time to time. Resolving dog health problems, including those of the Bloodhound, can prove to be costly and it would be wise to consider the benefits of obtaining dog health insurance. Diseases in dogs may occur because of trauma, infection, immune system abnormalities, genetic factors, or degenerative conditions. Common health problems and questions occur in relation to the Bones, Joints, Muscles, Nerves, Ears, Eyes, Teeth and the Mouth. Other, more serious, issues can relate to the Digestive System, Heart & Respiratory Systems, Immune & Blood Systems, Reproduction and Urinary Systems. Potential health problems of the Bloodhound can include: 

Dog Health information - potential health problems of the Bloodhounds

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia (abnormal development of joints referred to as CHD - Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia)

Entropion (the inversion, or turning inward, of the border of the eyelid against the eyeball)

Ectropian

Gastric Torsion


The Bloodhound is famous for its 'dogged' ability to follow a cold scent many days old, over vast distances. It is built for endurance and can follow a scent across all of the main elements - in the air, across the water and over land. The ancestors of today's Bloodhound were derived from the Ardennes region in Belgium and in Brittany in the 700's and were known as the St Hubert strain after the monk Francois Hubert, who was subsequently canonised and became the patron saint of hunters. St Hubert's Day is remembered on the 3rd November when there is a traditional blessing of the hounds at the little Chapel of St Hubert. The Bloodhound is therefore known by the other names of the St Hubert Hound and the French variant the Chien du St Hubert. The St Hubert bloodhounds were crossed with other white French hounds and from these
came the early Talbot hounds who came to England with the Talbot family with William the Conqueror in 1066. The Talbot family, who came from Normandy, and were later granted the title of the Earls of Shrewsbury. Other names for Bloodhounds were the Sleuth hound, Slot or Slough hound ('Slot' meaning to track). Their Latin name was Sanguinarius. Monarchs traditionally gave gifts of dogs to the rulers of other countries. The French King who sent St Hubert hounds to Queen Elizabeth I and it is documented that the Queen's favourite, the Earl of Essex, kept 800 of these hounds. Another famous monarch, Queen Victoria, had several Bloodhounds which were presented to her by Sir Edwin Landseer, who painted many famous Bloodhounds. The name Bloodhound was derived, not from any blood thirsty reasons as might be supposed, but because of the Royal connections with the breed and the pure blood associated with it.
It was during the 1600's that hounds (although not necessarily Bloodhounds) were really first used to hunt sheep stealers and poachers. One of the first recorded arrests of a man by a Bloodhound in the 19th century was in 1810. It took place in the New Forest in England. The bloodhound’s name was besmirched by bad press and novels such as 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' which told of slaves escaping captivity and being mercilessly hounded by the Bloodhound. Many people believed stories that Bloodhounds trailed people out of a lust for blood! The poor bloodhound is such a gentle creature with amazing scenting ability - so much so that the Testimony of a Bloodhound's man trailing results is acceptable in almost any court. The dog is still used as a police dog to track missing people, fleeing suspects, or escaped prisoners. Perhaps one of the lasting images people always have of a bloodhound is his association with detectives and of course on of his names is that of the Sleuthhound!

Description of the Bloodhound Dog and Puppies - Coat and Colours info
The Bloodhound's coat comes in a range of the following colours: Red, Black/Tan or Red/Tan. The coat is short, smooth & weatherproof.

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Ryan - aged 12 years has been a great ambassador for bloodhounds and has given many demonstrations on trailing for SAR work to handlers from many countries
below is maddie a wonderful bloodhound X springer spaniel with an amazing nose and hunting ethic

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Balou a new addition just arrived June 2008 from Germany Bred by Arianne Conrad, President of the German Bloodhound Mantrailing Association

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McKenzie one quarter Otterhound three quarters bloodhound, excellent skin, and eyes tremendous power, drive and a terrific nose

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Annie otter hound bloodhound hybrid tremendous ability and clear eyes