The Bloodhound: A Complete Guide

People mostly remember the Bloodhound as Droopy the detective dog, and there’s a reason why this dog has been given that role – Once he is on to a scent, he will follow it to the end of the world.

However, this dog is not just a detective, it also has many good traits that make him an excellent family dog.

He is kind and loyal to his family, and very tolerant when it comes to playing time with the kids.

But, there are many factors that determine if this is the breed for your home or not.

And, finding a high-quality puppy can be a problem if you don’t know what to keep an eye on when searching for a reputable breeder.

Therefore, we’ve decided to jump in and help out with our Bloodhound guide.

In this in-depth guide, you will first find out if the price range of a purebred Bloodhound puppy fits your budget, and what to keep in mind when choosing a breeder who you will buy the puppy from.

Later, you will get familiar with all the traits of the breed, so that by the end of the guide, you can make an informed decision and be sure that you and the Bloodhound are a match made in heaven.

Now, it’s time to get an insight into everything that is important to know before buying a Bloodhound puppy.

The Bloodhound Puppies – Before You Buy…

A Bloodhound sitting in the car
Bloodhound can be extremely stubborn.

Before actually getting to the moment where you enter your home with a Bloodhound puppy in your arms, there are a few things that you need to sort out.

First, you need to make sure that your budget allows you to buy this puppy.

Second, you have to be certain that the breeder you buy the puppy from is reputable and that his pups are high-quality.

And finally, you have to know some lesser-known facts about living with a bloodhound pup, so that you are sure you are actually up to the task.

What price are the Bloodhound puppies?

When it comes to a Bloodhound puppy from a reputable breeder, with all the necessary paperwork (medical history for both the pup and the parents as well as health test clearances), the price range you can expect starts from some $500 and goes up to $1500.

Of course, the lower end of the range is reserved for puppies that are meant to be home pets. They will be healthy, and with tested parents, but they will not be dog show material and not for breeding purposes.

For a premium-quality puppy that will be excellent for breeding and win trophies at dog shows, you will have to cash out a more serious amount.

How to find reputable Bloodhound breeders?

Finding a breeder that stands behind his dogs and pups is extremely important.

If you want a puppy that is healthy and doesn’t come with any hidden health issues that might be passed on through genes, you should avoid pet shops and backyard breeders.

Why pet shops? Well, it’s a well-known fact that these shops, get the pups from puppy mills. And, conditions in such breeding factories are horrible.

The dogs are not fed properly, there’s no medical care, and all the pups that come out of such places unhealthy and with a plethora of bad genetic heritage since none of their parents were health tested.

As for the backyard breeders, their pups might be in better health shape.

But, since these breeders aren’t experienced and they don’t know much about the breeding process, there’s no guarantee that your pup will have the temperament you are looking for.

Experienced breeders carefully choose the parents and pay attention to the genes the offspring will inherit, so the pups come with exactly the temperament and traits they wanted, depending on the purpose of course.

Also, with reputable breeders, you get a full insight into the breed and all that comes with living with the pup. And, they will explain what to and how to feed them.

Finally, you will have a complete insight into the pup’s health state as these breeders regularly take the pups for vet checkups, and they health test the parents and even grandparents.

So, with a reputable breeder, not only that you get the puppy that matches your personality and lifestyle, but you also get exactly what you paid for, no hidden problems and potential health issues later in the dog’s life.

3 Little-known facts about the Bloodhound puppies

A Bloodhound playing with a yellow tennis ball
Bloodhound tends to drool a lot.

Now that you know the price range and how to find a reputable breeder, it’s time to see if you are ready to live with a Bloodhound puppy.

Here are some lesser-known facts about them.

  • They shed and slobber

Even while they are still just puppies, Bloodhound shed and slobber a lot. Especially after drinking water.

You will need plenty of baby wipes to clean the pup’s saliva, and a nicely working vacuum cleaner for the hair.

To minimize the shedding, you should brush clean your dog twice a week.

  • They are stubborn

The Bloodhounds are famous for their stubbornness and the training should start from the moment you welcome the puppy into your home.

You need to be consistent, loving, but firm in your training. He will be stubborn and try to do everything his way in the beginning, but if you don’t back down, after a while, you will have an obedient, well-mannered dog.

  • They are not good guard dogs

Believe it or not, Bloodhounds don’t bark. Their ”bark” is something between a bark and a howl, and they don’t do it often.

This is why they are not great guard dogs.

Physical Traits of the Bloodhound

In this section of our guide, you will discover how big can your Bloodhound get, and how long can you expect him to be your loyal companion.

How big is a full-grown Bloodhound?

When it comes to Bloodhound’s height, the range goes from some 23 inches for females, to 27 inches for males.

Weight-wise, things are pretty much the same. The females are at the bottom end of the range, with some 80 pounds, while the males are significantly heavier, and can have up to 100 pounds.

So, as you can see, we are talking about a big dog, not a toy breed or a lap dog.

What is the life expectancy of the Bloodhound?

Assuming that you are taking proper care of your Bloodhound (proper diet, enough exercise, and regular vet checkups) you can expect your dog to have a life expectancy of 11 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Bloodhound

A brown Bloodhound with a red party hat on
Bloodhound has a strong character and a great sense of humor.

Judging by how the Hollywood has presented this breed in movies and cartoons, Bloodhounds come in two types – Detectives (following and catching the bad guys), and Couch Potatoes (sleeping in their corner of the house or on the front porch the entire day).

But, in reality, the Bloodhound is a mixture of both.

They are excellent trackers and can follow a scent to the end of the world. This is the trait that allows them to be excellent assistants during the hunt, but also perfect for search and rescue missions.

On the other hand, when they are not looking for people or following a fox scent, they can spend the entire day just laying around, doing nothing, without a problem.

However, if you plan on getting a Bloodhound to be a pet, not a working dog, you can expect a laid-back attitude all the time. Though, don’t be surprised if he picks up a scent during the walks and insists to follow it.

He will even use his sad-puppy look to make you change your mind and let him chase the scent, but you have to be consistent and let him know that you are not in a hunt.

But, when it comes to kids and family, you can expect nothing but compassion and love from this breed. In fact, they are well known for being extremely tolerant of kids’ rough play.

When it comes to training, the mentioned stubbornness can be a problem, but if you are determined to train him, there are a few tricks to get the best out of your Bloodhound.

For example, during the training, you have to be firm like with any other dog. But, you shouldn’t harshly and force him to do what you want.

The Bloodhounds are sensitive and won’t react well to harsh training.

Therefore, you need to take the positive reinforcement approach, and use treats to make him do what you want, and in time become a well-mannered dog.

Since it’s all about the nose with Bloodhounds, the best way to make him happy and not bored is to include him in tracking activities.

As for how fast they grow, well, they aren’t the fastest of growers…

To reach adulthood from puppyhood takes a while so you need to be ready to put up with a teenager Bloodhound that likes to chew on shoes, jumps on guests to greet them, and to howl if left alone.

And, it might also take a while your Bloodhound is fully house trained.

All in all, this breed can be stubborn and sometimes complicated to live with (remember the drooling).

However, if you invest enough time into his training and the entire family pitches in with plenty of love, you will have a faithful companion that will love spending time with the family and return all the love.

Bloodhound Diet

Having in mind that the Bloodhounds come with flappy face skin and long ears, it is important to remember that the food they eat is not messy.

Otherwise, the food will get stuck in the creases and that can cause bacteria development and infections.

As for what to feed your Bloodhound with, remember that his diet needs to be based on meat and a small number of vegetables.

Also, you should include threats as a part of the training, but don’t forget to count them in his daily calorie amount so that he doesn’t get overweight.

How much Exercise does a Bloodhound need?

Like any other dog, your Bloodhound will need regular exercise.

Besides a half an hour walk, and a half-hour running session with other dogs in the park, you should also allow another half an hour for sniffing out and “following” a scent.

By letting your Bloodhound engage an activity for which he was born, you will make him happy and allow his brain to develop the way it should.

The Bloodhound Health and Conditions

Like most purebred dogs, Bloodhounds are also known to be of good health.

However, again, like most breeds, there are certain health issues that can trouble them.

These conditions include hip dysplasia, cherry eye, dry eye, bloat, ear infections, ectropion, and entropion.

Therefore, you should talk about these conditions with the breeder, prior to pup purchase, and make sure that the parents of the pup were tested and cleared of these conditions.

Special Treats

Doggy snacks and tasty treats are an imperative part of the training routine for any pet dog.

However, each dog will have different tastes and likings, so if you really want reward-based training to be impactful, make sure that the snack you reward your pet with is one that it craves.

The best way to use special treats for training purposes is to first familiarize it with the snack by letting it sniff it and then move it behind its head, letting it follow the tasty treat with its nose.

The dog will instinctively sit to get closer to the treat. This is when you praise it and let it gobble the snack.

Other tricks and behaviors can be instilled in the same manner, so you can see how crucial the role of a mouth-watering snack is for dog training.

The Bloodhound will respond well to such training, especially since it is instinctively a hunting dog that knows how to get its prey.

The tracking instincts are also strong within the Bloodhound, so using its favorite treats to lure it towards a certain kind of behavior will be quite effective.

These treats should be different from the regular foods that you usually feed your dog.

This is how your pet will get the incentive to perceive them as rewards for particular kinds of behaviors.

The Bloodhound will appreciate a wholesome homemade snack that is rich in protein content.

So you can feed it unseasoned chicken bits or savory stew as it will be a welcome change from the usual dry kibble that it has.

Remember that the Bloodhound has a sharp sense of smell, so feed it snacks that have strong scents that it can recognize instantly and that are also rich in nutrients.

Apartment Living

The bloodhound is a very large and heavy dog at an average height of 23 to 27 inches. Moreover, this breed of dog also weighs a lot where its weight can go up to 100 pounds.

This means that the size and built of the Bloodhound make it unsuitable for apartment living.

However, it is not just the size of the Bloodhound but also its temperament and personality which ask that this dog be placed in large and open spaces.

Not only does this dog require at least half an hour of walking followed by half an hour of running around with other dogs, but its sniffing activities are also very important for it.

The Bloodhound is a dog known for its tracking skills which need to be polished regularly so that the dog can perform its innate function of smelling scents and following them.

By confining your pet to an apartment, you will also be taking away this necessary skill of your beloved dog.

Apart from this, the Bloodhound loves to play and will get extremely bored if it is not let outside regularly.

This can lead to your dog becoming frustrated and confused which is when it might destroy the things around it just because of its excessive energy.

In addition to this, the Bloodhound is a very sharp and intelligent dog.

This means that your dog can find creative ways of leaving your apartment or simply not returning back if you make it live in a small apartment with yourself.

My final thoughts on the BloodhoundA Bloodhound looking backwards

With the health section, we have reached the end of our Bloodhound in-depth guide.

Now, you have a much better insight into all that comes with this breed, and you have the knowledge needed for finding a high-quality puppy.

But, to make sure we covered everything, let’s take another look at the most important things that you need to know before you buy a Bloodhound and welcome it into your home.

At first sight, the Bloodhound appears to be a sad dog, doesn’t he?

The loose jaw, the deeply furrowed face, and the sunken eyes, all suggest that this dog is afraid of everything and that he will curl up around your feet at any sudden, louder sound, or if a stranger appears.

However, in the Bloodhounds case, the looks are extremely deceiving!

This breed comes with a strong character and a great sense of humor. Bloodhounds are also with a well-balanced character and it takes much to make them surprised or scared.

After all, they were bred by aristocrats and used for tracking down and cornering foxes, wolves, and even bears, so they do come with a huge amount of courage if needed.

However, today, they are not used that much for hunting. But, their remarkable nose is welcomed by search and rescue teams and there isn’t a better dog for missing people search parties.

On the other hand, if a Bloodhound isn’t an active member of a task force, but a family member, his character goes from a sniffer to a sleeper.

In most cases, you will find him on the front porch taking a nap, or inside the house in his favorite corner.

As for hygiene… well… Not the best representation of how a clean dog looks and behaves.

They tend to drool a lot, and they have that distinctive doggy odor that some people might not like.

But, if you are prepared to use towels every day, and to clean hair, the Bloodhound will be a great companion because he loves being around his family and is excellent with kids.

With proper, consistent training, you can minimize the famous Bloodhound stubbornness, and end up with a faithful companion that will be happiest to curl around your feet as you both relax in front of the TV or on the front porch.

Especially after a long walk and plenty of “scent” tracking in the park.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to own a Bloodhound?

Do you think that some of your friends will also consider becoming Bloodhound owners? Feel free to share this guide on social media so that others can get to know and fall in love with this breed just as you did.

Thanks for reading!

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