So I was noodling around on the Interwebs and came across this video.
Cute, huh? Well, not so much. Did you look at the dog’s eyes, especially at the beginning of the video? This dog suffers from severe entropion, which is the lower eyelid rolling inward and sagging. This is a very uncomfortable and painful condition for the dog since the eyelashes constantly rub against the cornea and irritate it. One of the symptoms of entropion is excessive tearing or weeping around the eyes. The Vizsla Club of America considers entropion a serious genetic disease and condemns the breeding of dogs affected with the condition. Yay Vizsla Club!!
And don’t even get me started on the extreme facial wrinkling. How would you like it if every time you turned your head down to look at something, a mountain of skin fell over your eyes?
This is what the working Bloodhounds of today look like. I like the older picture of the dogs even more, way less wrinkles. They still look like a Bloodhound, only with a fraction of the problems.
Genetic diseases common to Bloodhounds are; Gastric dilitation-volvulus (bloat), Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, Prolapsed gland of the third eyelid, Ectropion, Entropion, Exposure keratopathy syndrome and Fold dermatitis.
The UK Kennel Club conducted a health survey of Bloodhounds in 2004. The median age of a Bloodhound was 6.9 years with the number one cause of death being bloat and the number two cause of death being cancer. The only breeds of dogs that had a lower median age than the Bloodhound was the Great Dane with median age of 6.6 years and the Dougue de Bordeaux with a median age of 3.10 years.