Just for your information, Bloodhounds aren't necessarily good family pets. They probably are not appropriate for families with small children. Bloodhounds certainly not appropriate for first time dog owners. They do better in homes with multiple dogs. They do better the more space they have. Bloodhounds do better when someone is home a significant part of the time. The Bloodhound is more independent than many other breeds of dog, making discipline issues more likely. The Bloodhound certainly has more health issues than many
If people would look at why the Bloodhound was developed -- the purpose -- they would understand that this is an intelligent,THINKING, dog of tremendous strength, tenacity, stubbornness and activity. They were bred to trail. And they need those qualities to perform. Regrettably too many buyers think they are like that pathetic dog on the TV show...lazy, lay around, dumb hounds. The Bloodhound must have an owner who is willing to provide the physical and mental stimulus the dog needs, and not frustrate the natural tendencies by over-crating and over-disciplining. Discipline has to be reasonable, and believe me, they know the difference. It helps if you're a bit smarter than the dog too. They can try the soul of a Saint!
The bloodhound is a scent hound of great size and strength with a noble, dignified expression. He has superabundant loose skin which falls into loose, pendulous folds especially noticeable around the head and neck. Although his beginnings are left to speculation we owe his development to St. Hubert, the patron saint of the hunter. It was believed he originally obtained his stock from southern France. This breeding was carried on after his death by the abbots, who succeeded him.
Not everyone should own a Bloodhound. The swing of a Bloodhound's head can spread saliva across a 20 foot room and years of antiques can be destroyed by his stroll through your living room. His enormous size, food requirements, vet bills and short life span make him a questionable companion for the average person.
KNOW THE BLOODHOUND BEFORE YOU BUY!
If you have decided that the Bloodhound is the breed for you, it is imperative that you invest the time and effort to find out the characteristics, requirements, advantages and drawbacks of owning this noble hound. Attend dog shows in your area and study the bloodhounds as they are judged; talk to exhibitors and breeders. Visit as many kennels as possible and compare the puppies they have available.
Ask to see the parents of the puppies. Puppies of this breed change continually from infancy to adulthood, but should resemble their parents whenmature. If you don't see a dog you like at a particular kennel try another. No breeder has a corner on the market. Be honest with the breeders you visit. Tell them what you want in a Bloodhound; companion, show dog or working dog. As a novice, you will be in a better position to finally select and purchase a puppy that will fit into your home as a friend and companion if you are well informed about the breed you have chosen.
The ethical, concerned breeder will ask you many personal questions because he cares about the welfare of each of his puppies. The unethical breeder and pet shop is only concerned with your checkbook. If, for some reason, you are unable to keep your dog, contact the breeder. The reputable breeder will take the dog back willingly. Few pet stores can make the same claim.
THE NEW COMPLETE BLOODHOUND, by Catherine F. Brey and Lena F. Reed. Howell Book House, Inc.
HOW TO RAISE AND TRAIN A BLOODHOUND, by Hylda F. Owen. TFH Publication
MANHUNTERS, HOUNDS OF THE BIG T, by Bill Tolhurst and Lena Reed, Hound Dog
Bloodhounds are not right for everyone. Due to their generous flews, they can sling saliva several feet with one shake of their head. Their enormous size, food requirements, vet bills and inherently short life span make them dubious companions for the average dog-lover. As a puppy, the bloodhound will grow four to seven pounds and one-half to one inch in height per week. As is common with large dogs, they have a short life span of about 10 years.
Bloodhounds are friendly and are very good with children. However, sometimes in their exuberance to play with a smaller child, they will knock the child down. When they find someone at the end of the trail, they are likely to lunge at them--to plant wet slobbery kisses all over them.
NO! NO! NO! Bloodhounds are very determined. They are aggressive in the sense that they will want to finish trails, and that they can be hard to call off once on a trail. They can be difficult to train off-leash for this reason. However, they are not generally aggressive towards other dogs or people. The pendulous skin over their ears and eyes will fall down over their eyes when they lower their heads to trail, effectively blinding them. Because of this and their determination, bloodhounds are usually run on leash for their own safety and must be contained within a fenced yard or run.
Bloodhounds can make an amazing variety of sounds. They can bay expressively, howl, and whine, all in melodious tones. The neighbors may not appreciate this, however.
Like all large breeds, bloodhounds may have hip dysplasia, a potentially crippling disease. Breeders should receive OFA certification on their breeding stock to reduce the chances of their puppies having hip dysplasia.
The bloodhound is sometimes prone to a condition known as gastric dilitation and volvulus, or bloat. This potentially fatal condition afflicts many of the breeds with a large, deep chest.
Moreover, as a rule, bloodhounds, along with other breeds of similar size, do not live as long as their smaller counterparts do. The typical life span for a bloodhound is about 9-11 years of age, with noticeable aging occurring as early as 8 years of age.
The AKC breed standard states that bloodhounds attain weights of up 110-115 pounds and stand as much as 27 inches at the shoulders.
Bloodhounds are available in black & tan, liver & tan, and red. However, we raise only black & tan bloodhounds.
Most definitely! A reputable and responsible show breeder will offer animals, even pets, that are of much higher quality than those from a backyard breeder or puppy mill. In addition, responsible breeders, through their study of genetics, will be able to offer a dog with a more stable temperament than will those who are only breeding dogs to produce a profit.
Not necessarily. Frequently, less reputable breeders will promote their dogs as being from mantrailing lines when in actuality, they are just making excuses for their mediocre animals that deviate from the breed standard.
The sex of the dog has nothing to do with mantrailing ability. Each sex has its own advantages and disadvantages, and selection is really a matter of personal preference. One sex does not make a better working dog than the other does.
Not in anyway. In fact, the performance of a dog will be improved, since you will have removed a major distracting influence from his life. In addition, you will have contributed to a longer, healthier life for your working dog. Spaying or neutering is highly recommended for pets as well as working mantrailers.
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