|Ease of Training|
- His exact origins are mysterious
- 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!).