The AKC Standard says about the bloodhound, The appearance is noble and sensible, and characterized by solemnity, wisdom, and power. Even though gentle and easygoing, even somewhat bumbling, the bloodhound is not the sluggish, lie-around dog he is often portrayed to be on TV. The bloodhound has a tendency to chew and swallow whatever that fits in his mouth may send you both to the veterinary clinic emergency room at some time.