3. Chien de Saint-Hubert or Bloodhound
Records of the Chien de Saint-Hubert, or St Huberts Hound, appear in France in 727 AD – Beginning with St. Hubert, the French Monastery who bred hounds with amazing scent, tracking and courage. These dogs were colored black with fawn/red accents. Experts believe the St. Hubert is the beginning of the true bloodhound. It is a hunting breed that is still used to hunt boar, bear, and deer in France today. The Chien de Saint-Hubert stands up to 27 inches tall and weighs 90-110 pounds. It has a short top coat with an undercoat of slightly longer hair. The average lifespan of the Chien de Saint-Hubert is around 12 to 15 years.