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Edwin Brough, the leading breeder of Bloodhounds in Britain at the end of the 19th Century, had the greatest respect for Le Couteulx who he says was “without doubt the greatest authority on the subject”, and he accepted the version of the history of the Bloodhound which Le Couteulx promoted. But he was equally positive that the Bloodhound of his time was NOT the Chien de St Hubert.  He says that in one of the pedigrees in a Kennel List of Le Couteulx’ hounds of 1876 “appears a St Hubert hound, and this must have been one of the last of the breed, as it became extinct about this time.”  [  1 Footnote: 20th century Books;  ]  The standard produced for the Bloodhound by Brough and Dr Sidney Turner in 1896, and adopted by the Association of Bloodhound Breeders, which forms the basis of both the British and the American standards, is presented as the standard of “The Bloodhound, or Sleuth-Hound”, with no acknowledgement whatever of the St Hubert. 

As mentioned above Le Couteulx was not generally successful in establishing the Bloodhound as a popular hound with French huntsmen.  With small numbers on the continent at the beginning of the century, and the effect of two world wars, the population has in effect had to be reestablished several times with imports from Britain and America. 

The Bloodhound in America is of course the British Bloodhound exported there, according to Whitney, “in fairly large numbers after the Civil War”, and export continued in the 20th Century.  Mrs Sadleir (Barchester) “Probably sent more fine hounds to America since 1930 than any other English breeder.”   Whitney accepts the version of the history of the Bloodhound in which the St Hubert played a part, but when he refers to “the land of their origin” he means Britain, not France or Belgium.  He also says, “Pure breeding and outcrossing with other hounds has gone on until our Bloodhounds can scarcely be said to be pure descendants of those early ancestors.”  [  2 Footnote: 20th century Books  ]  Surely true!  The standard for the Bloodhound adopted by the AKC is closely based on the original Association of Bloodhound Breeders standard. 
‘Many of the genealogies of breeds of dogs make specious, rather than convincing, reading.  As one researcher (Peters, 1969) could write:
“..investigations revealed that records compiled prior to the middle of the 19th century are so few, incomplete and inaccurate that a person can ‘prove’ almost anything he cares to regarding specific breed ancestry.”

This stricture applies equally to scientific treatises, so that any writing of this nature should be approached with caution.  It is unfortunate that so many authors have uncritically repeated the speculations of earlier writers.  The earlier conjectures may be legitimate, qua conjectures, but through the passage of time these take on the mantle of authoritative facts which is not entirely warranted.’  (Roy Robinson Genetics for Dog Breeders Pergamon 1989).