Bloodhound puppies at a glance:
Size: 58-69cm, 37-50kg
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Exercise needs: moderately high
Feeding needs: moderate
Temperament: Active, Cheerful, Shy at times
Best for: Active family, great with children
Hail by many as 'Father of all hound', Bloodhound puppies can grow up to a formidable size usually weighing over a 100 pounds!
This large game scent-hound comes in black and tan, liver and tan or solid red.
Smooth short coat with the trademark wrinkles and loose skin around the neck and head ( most prominent with her nose on the ground ). The droopy eyes, long low-set ears image often misunderstood as being a 'laid back' breed.
Noble, gentle, playful and independent. The sometimes bashful Bloodhound is sociable by nature and get along very well with people and other dogs.
In fact, Bloodhounds are so friendly that although strong and formidable looking, they make poor guard dog as their choice of 'attacking' an intruder will likely be licking him or her to death!
On that same note, Bloodhounds are extremely attached to the pack leader, specifically the one who feed, train and play with them the most (ideally, you).
Bloodhound puppies need lots of exercise to stay fit and out of trouble.
The primary challenge in any form of training for Bloodhound puppies are simply getting them to focus on you and putting their nose aside for the time being...
...which is asking a lot.
This urge to be distracted and track a scent is in their blood. It will take alot of praises, consistency in training and positive leadership to bring out Bloodhound's full potential.
Luckily, a Bloodhound's love for scent- hunting can be match for her love of food. Implementing food reward system in training will help achieve positive result faster.
Last but not least, leash training early is mandatory for safety reasons. A Bloodhound must always be leash during outdoor walks.
Contrary to the belief by appearance that the Bloodhound is lazy but in actual fact..
they are extremely energetic!
The energy level combine with the size of a fully grown Bloodhound makes having spacious living space that includes a well- fenced garden or backyard most ideal.
Bloodhounds need plenty of exercise to stay healthy and mellow. For this reason, bloodhounds will do well in competitive sports/games with plenty of free running included in their activity schedule.
Bloodhounds leave their drools everywhere! On the sofa, bed, wall and sometimes even your food if you let your guard down.
Slobber control is a constant battle and one of the most important aspect to come in terms with when deciding whether or not this breed is for you.
Food and other debris got stuck easily to their ears and in-between their wrinkles around their head and neck. Clean these areas regularly or as often as possible especially after meals.
Coat grooming is easy for this breed. A through brush per week and a bath once a month should suffice.
Bloodhounds are prone to several genetic conditions with their eyes. A once a week routine of cleaning and eye drops in conjunction with a quick daily check will put those soulful eyes in good state.
Being part of the family:
As adorable and friendly Bloodhound puppies are, their fully-grown size cannot be overstated. A tail swipe would knock your cup over from the coffee table. Puppy/dog proofing your home is mandatory.
Being large and sometime clumsy, extra care needs to be taken when adult bloodhounds are interacting with young children.
All in all, Bloodhounds are friendly to a fault, extremely patience with children and their love for companionship are the main reasons why this breed is loved by so many!