I have 2 bloodhounds and they are as different as night and day. One is very houndy and she will take off on a scent and follow her nose. The other is more people oriented than my lab. He can't stand being left alone. Has to be near you every moment. I honestly doubt my female could be trusted to stick with me on a ride. The male would follow but he is such a klutzy goofball that I'm afraid he would get tangled under the horses legs.
My male tracks humans. His motivation...find friend. Perfect for finding a lost child or senior in our endless north woods. When he is on a people scent you need to keep him on a line because he becomes so intent that he will walk into trees, fall off rocks, smack into parked cars. The professional search dogs you see are kept on a long line when working not because they don't listen but to protect the dog from themselves. They get so focused that they will crash and burn. Not a graceful hound by any stretch though when Gus is working good for me it's totally amazing. Nor are they really the dog to take down a criminal. They are pretty friendly by nature. Police generally have a shephard running with the hounds tracking a criminal. The bloodhounds are pulled back when the bad guy is found and the shepherd is allowed to do his thing. I think but I'm not certain that Gus might find his lost set if somebody threatened my daughter and I but he is such a coward I really don't know. Few people would want to chance pissing off a 155 lb hound anyways. He does give me early warning which is all I really need.
My female is very friendly but she was a rescue. I got her from a bunch of druggies in the southern part of the state. They didn't have her long. They got her from another jerk who tried to turn her into a hunting dog. She is terrified of young men, terrified of guns. I've had her a year now, she's improving but still young adult males send her into hiding. Very hard to discipline her in any way because she is convinced your going to beat the daylights out of her. Was one of those things where I couldn't leave without taking the dog with me. She was so covered in fleas that we stopped at petsmart to see the vet on the way home. Had the worst case of flea dermatitis I had ever seen, both ears were infected and she was missing a good deal of her hair. Bloodhound ears need a little extra care. All things considered she is still very friendly. My first sight of her had the woman's babies climbing all over her. She didn't mind the kids pulling and patting at all. This lady was 20 and had 3 kids under 3 yrs old and one in the oven. Had her hands pretty full between babies, dog and an idiot boyfriend who showed me his big new crack lighter like a kid with a new toy. Dog left with me and the state got a call about the kids.
The coats on my hounds are both very different. My male has wiry hair with very little soft fur. Gets no fuzzy undercoat. The female has more fine fur and gets a little fuzzy. I'm not entirely certain that she doesn't have a little redbone in her but is mostly bloodhound. Thankfully I have no critter allergies but her hair is fine enough where I could see it be irritating.
Another thing to consider is the size. My Gus towers over me when on his hind legs. He is 2 years old and still very much a pup. The "mommy is home!" greeting can knock me to the floor. There is no safe place to hide food from a dog that stands over six feet tall and can track scents that are days old. A little seperation anxiety leads him to chew an article of clothing that belongs to the last person that left the house. I can generally walk him on a fairly loose leash but if he decided to pull there isn't much I could do besides hunker down and pretend I'm an anchor and even then I could find myself body surfing. You see the state troopers and SR groups work their hounds in a harness. I can't do that because Gus can pull twice as hard in a harness. With the collar he at least starts to get uncomfortable and slows down a bit. Probably the reason you see the troopers with bloods are mostly large ex-marine types. My 5'4" inch female body is kind of like a kite at the end of a string in a high wind at times.
I grew up with Bluetick hounds and the bloods are very different. Very people oriented. No where near as standoffish. If you want a pet hound this is the dog but it is still a hound with hound moments. http://www.nehollahounds.com/buck.html
The link is my dog's daddy. Gus is very much his daddy's boy. Spitting image! Very picture intense webpage. Very beautiful bloodhounds! Like potato chips I will always have another!