If you’re searching for a distinctive hunting dog who also fits into family life, look no further. Laser-focused when tracking on the trail, I’m charming and affectionate at home and great with children. I tend to sniff and howl at strangers, but this shouldn’t be taken as aggression—it’s just my way of getting to know people. I’m crave attention, am unhappy being alone, and don’t adapt well to apartment living.
With my short coat I can have difficulty in very hot or cold weather, but I do need regular exercise to help me burn off naturally high energy. I was bred to work, so if I’m not out on a hunt, I need a vigorous long walk or challenging play session every day to keep me from being bored.
In terms of size, I’m on the high end of the medium scale, standing a muscular 23 to 30 inches in height with a weight range of 45 to 100 pounds (females are lighter than males). I have a smooth, glossy coat of dark blue with a striking mottled pattern and black markings on the face, ears, and sides. My short hound’s coat requires only periodic brushing to catch loose hairs. Periodic baths will manage dirt from outdoor adventures.
My average life span is 10 to 12 years, and I’m prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts, and Krabbes disease. I also can have a tendency to become overweight, so remember: more exercise and fewer treats!