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Bloodhounds are distinguished from other breeds by their extraordinary olfactory powers, which enable them to hunt entirely by air-borne scent. They are the oldest breed of sporting dogs which hunt by scent, and Bloodhound Trials enable the hounds to demonstrate the remarkable abilities for which they have been bred - a fine illustration of dogs that are 'Fit For Function: Fit For Life'.

Bloodhound Working Trials are open to purebred Bloodhounds only. The trials are a challenging and exciting countryside activity in which hounds follow a human scent trail over a 'line' up to three miles long.

The line has been laid by a 'runner' up to two hours previously, following a pre-determined route set by the judge and marked on a map. When 'hunting the clean boot', as it is termed, the hound must follow the scent, ignoring all distractions, and at the end of the line it must go up to and positively identify the runner, who will be standing in a line-up with two other participants. Identification usually takes the form of two large (muddy) paws placed on the runner's chest!

New to Bloodhound Trials?
This section contains information for those new to Bloodhound Trials, including how to get started and how to compete in Bloodhound Trials.
Bloodhound Trial Competitors
Find out more about competing and progressing in Bloodhound Trials, Bloodhound Trial events, changes to Bloodhound Trial Rules and Regulations and the latest news for this discipline.
Bloodhound Trial Judges
Judges can access information including requirements for Bloodhound Trial Judges, training and seminar information for Judges and lots of downloadable material to assist with judging appointments.
Bloodhound Trials Administration
If you are a Bloodhound Trial Secretary or help organise Bloodhound Trials, there is a huge amount of work and administration to be undertaken. This section provides all the information you need to assist with the task in hand.
Club Administration
There is so much to remember when running a dog club. This section provides all the information you need to help run your Registered Club efficiently.
Working Trials Liaison Council
The Working Trials Liaison Council is made up of representatives, elected for a three year term to act as a channel of communication between Working Trial and Bloodhound Trial clubs and competitors and the Kennel Club. This section features information about the Council and its Representatives, as well as agendas, annexes and minutes from recent meetings.