Many of the dogs Washington kept were descended from Brooke's, and when crossed with the French hounds, helped to create the present day American Foxhound. The American Foxhound is known to have originated in the states of Maryland and Virginia, and is the state dog of Virginia.
At that time (late 1800s), the Setter was considered to be the bird-hunting dog and pointers were not even permitted to compete in field trials with setters. Around 1910, however, the Pointer began to beat the Setter at its own game. The Pointer has dominated the pointing breed field trials since then. (Fergus, 2002).
Best Answer: With out a doubt the bloodhound is a he ll of a dog, but not for that. He has the nose for the job, but you will never going to get him to point. For bird hunting I would stick with the breed that was bred for that job. By all means get one, but utilize his talent as it was meant to be used.