Every responsible pet owner will try to learn as much as possible about their chosen breed - before purchasing. Here are some questions you might ask, if you have other questions feel free to contact us.
Do Bloodhounds need a lot of exercise?
YES. These are highly active, large, strong dogs, originally bred for the stamina needed for the chase and long hunting trips. As with all intelligent animals, if they become bored they may become destructive - keep them well exercised and they will be happy. So if you can't devote enough time to them please consider a less energetic breed.
How large do they get?
Bloodhounds are a large hound breed. The Kennel Club breed standard states "Height of adult dogs: 66cms (26ins); bitches: 61cms (24ins). Dogs usually vary from 63-69cms (25-27ins); bitches from 58-63cms (23-25ins). Mean average weight of adult dogs in fair condition 41kgs (90lbs); bitches: 36kgs (80lbs). Dogs attain the weight of 50kgs (110lbs); bitches: 45.5kgs (100lbs). Hounds of the maximum height and weight preferred providing that quality, proportion and balance combine." They can, of course, grow larger.
Do they drool?
The shape of the muzzle and the large lips of this breed does result in drooling - but not constantly. Some may drool more than others. Bloodhound owners often carry a drool towel when out with their dogs.
Do they need regular grooming?
All dogs shed (including the hairless varieties), this is how they maintain a healthy coat and skin, just as we regularly loose some hair. They will normally moult in the late spring and late autumn, but those with a thicker undercoat may shed year round. Regularly brushing the coat will help to manage the shedding - at the same time you should clean the ears and eyes, and trim the nails. This routine is not only good for your dog's health but is a good social activity between you.
Are they suitable guard dogs?
Not especially - it's not what they are bred for.
Are they good with other dogs?
Generally yes. As a typical pack hunting animal they enjoy the companionship of other dogs, and playing with a companion is also good exercise.
Are they good with children?
Most well trained dogs get on with well behaved children, the Bloodhound is no different - but they may need watching around small children as they don't know their own size and could easily knock a child over.
Do they need training?
All dogs need some training so attending a basic puppy obedience class is recommended - it is also an excellent opportunity for further socialisation with other people and dogs. Building a bond of trust between you is very important - and highly beneficial when you have to visit the vet for instance.
Where can I find a puppy?
We recommend that you only purchase your puppy from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, so that you know the puppy is properly bred (i.e. not from a puppy farm) and raised - such as a member of The Bloodhound Club. Visit the Breeders & Puppies page.