Some believe he was bred in the Mediterranean before the Christian era
He was developed in Central Europe, and then later in the United States, as a scent trailing hunting dog
He excels at tracking human beings and has been used in law enforcement since the early 1800s to track escaped prisoners
Personality and Behavior
His ability to find and follow a scent is unmatched
He's gentle and has a reliable, even temper
He's affectionate with his loved ones
He has a "what's-in-it-for-me" attitude which makes getting him to do what you want difficult at times
His powerful nose takes over when it catches wind of an interesting smell and he will seek the source of the smell and ignore everything else around him � including your calls for him to come back
He slobbers and drools
He can be quite noising barking and baying
He's one of the most difficult breeds to train. You will need lots of patience as he is one of the slowest to learn obedience commands.
He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.
Grooming / Maintenance
His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds profusely you may find yourself brushing it a couple of times a week, or even daily, to reduce the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).