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The great scientist, Robert Boyle 1627 - 1691 describes a trial of a bloodhound, which shows they were kept in deer parks and used for tracking both deer and men. Sydenham Edwards in Cynographia Britannica  1800, under the heading of “The British Bloodhound”, describes exactly the same range of uses.  In this book the only equivalent to the Bloodhound is “Canis Scoticus” or “Sleuth-hound”, no mention of the St Hubert.  Thus there is, crucially, continuity in the Bloodhound right up to the beginning of the 19th Century, though numbers had dwindled by then to very few.

So we come back to Le Couteulx, who admired the British Bloodhound so much, and who surely had no idea of  “stealing” the Bloodhound.  Rather he thought he was honouring and uniting two traditions.  He and a few others sought to establish the Bloodhound under the name of the Chien de St Hubert in France.  In the exhibition of 1865, under the title LA VÉNERIE FRANÇAISE,  three British Bloodhounds were exhibited as St Huberts;  there were no St Huberts of continental origin! 

Apparently the rest of the hunting fraternity in France were not impressed, and one writer in the book commemorating the exhibition, maybe Le Couteulx himself, notes that French huntsmen protested against the Bloodhound as being “too heavy, too massive”, and looks forward to the crossing of hounds like Cowen’s Druid with some of the swift lightweight hounds which still survived in the Ardennes to produce a satisfactory breed.  If the Bloodhound was the “true” St Hubert, why the desire to change it into something else? 

There is no doubt that some British owners were relatively acquiescent in this, and took their hounds to France to exhibit them as St Huberts.  They were prepared broadly to accept that the Bloodhound and the Chien de St Hubert were somewhat similar, and that the St Hubert had played some the part in the development of the British breed.  The supposed import by William the Conqueror and legend of St Hubert’s miraculous conversion [ Footnote: "Conversion"   ]   were good stories (and dog people always seem to prefer legend to history) to add to the already rich tradition of the Bloodhound. 

There was no FCI in those days, and no threat of losing title to the breed.  At least one person, totally without poetry, but affected by an extreme Victorian squeamishness, didn’t like the name “Bloodhound”, and thought the breed would be more popular if it was called the St Hubert Hound!