Owning a Bloodhound
Bloodhounds are affectionate and courteous to humans and other dogs and extremely sensitive to their owners feelings, but do not like to be left alone for long lengths of time. They are not suitable as guard dogs but will alert the neighbourhood with their powerful bay and greet visitors eagerly.
Breeders with available puppies at the bottom of the page.
Here are some points to consider
The bloodhound is noble and dignified in appearance. Large and heavy built. Females weigh approximately 45kg and stand 24 -25 inches at the shoulder. The male hounds can weigh 55-60 kg (a small person) and 27 inches at the shoulder. Ruled by the nose their desire to hunt is legendary. Enticing scent is every where, other dog walkers, joggers or deer are "fair game" and anyone on the leash is often dragged along in the search. They become deaf to commands and oblivious to danger such as traffic.
In the home they can be house trained, they have even been known to open doors themselves. They need a well fenced garden as a determined hound can clear a 4 ft wall or squeeze through a small gap. They need a good daily exercise what ever the weather. The exercise needs to include mental stimulation as a bored bloodhound can very quickly become destructive, the list of chewed items is extensive as it is varied.
The tail is held high most of the time and wagged with exuberance. It will clear everything in its path, ornaments are not safe. The nose will counter surf and tidy up any morsels left in reach.
They forget their size and can easily knock over furniture or stand behind you as a trip hazard., If you have a family with small children you must be aware that bloodhound puppies are strong and boisterous and can easily knock over a toddler. Having said all that their temperament is above reproach as a rule. They are loving and protective towards what they consider as theirs. They love children but will play as softly or rowdily as they are being played with.
It has been said "rub an ear and give a hug and you have a friend for life".
Are you house proud?
Not yet a year old and this puppy is learning about decorating. They don't always agree with your style and will make alterations that they feel are necessary.
The slobber from a bloodhound can be shaken in all directions and reach the ceiling and walls with ease. Any human standing in the line of fire is also given some. Dried slobber can be found hanging from table edges like icicles.
Their large paws can bring in plenty of mud and when they shake………………
Bloodhounds need minimal grooming, a brush once a week to remove dead hair. They moult regularly. The ears need regular attention as they are often dipped in food and water and internally, due to lack of air flow, a wipe with a moist tissue to reduce build up of wax. The eyes benefit from a daily clean to ensure no dust or foreign body settles in the heavily hooded eyes.
If you decide your life style can be adjusted to suit a Bloodhound there is plenty of help and advice available. The list of websites have contact details for members of the ABB who will only be too happy to talk to you about bloodhounds. If you have a specific question please use the contact form and we will try and point you in an appropriate direction.
Meeting a fully grown bloodhound is advisable before making a final decision. Members attend Crufts and Discover Dogs were you can meet the hounds. We can arrange introductions one to one.
The Kennel Club provide advice on purchasing a puppy and list breeders who meet the assured Breeders scheme https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/acbr/Default.aspx?breed=Bloodhound
Below - they enjoy family holidays.
Life expectancy of bloodhounds is not as long as small breeds. The large chest makes them susceptible to "bloat" or gastric torsion. Gas builds up in the stomach causing it to twist. Unless veterinary help is sort immediately it can be fatal. It is not an age related condition. The other most common cause of death is cancer. As they are large animals vet bills are costly and insurance is strongly recommended.
Kennel Club registered Bloodhounds can enter the show ring or working trials.
They are classed as scent hounds and have been used through out history to track humans, either criminals or missing persons. Trailing people remains the primary purpose today and they love it. If you would like more information about this please read the appropriate pages or contact the ABB for details.
Bloodhounds are still a true dual purpose hound.
Life of a Bloodhound Mum
Daisy is a first time bloodhound owner and now writes a blog about her families experience living with their bloodhound Ralph. This is an unbiased, other than loving Ralph, it give an insight into owning a bloodhound for the first time.
The blog can be found here Lifeofabloodhoundmum.com
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE BIRTH OF 14 BLOODHOUND PUPPIES BORN 02/01/20
9 FEMALES, 5 MALES
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KENNEL CLUB INBREEDING COEFFICIENT 1.9
PUPPIES AVAILABLE IN EARLY MARCH TO APPROVED HOMES
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