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Has anyone been the owner of a Bloodhound. Did you, or do you think they are a demanding breed?

Asked by Garebo (3183points) April 20th, 2009

If you ever have had one, or knew someone who did, can you add any info as to your experience with this breed. I have my whole life wanted to have a bloodhound, but I could never get the courage to be responsible for such a bloodshot, nosey, slobbering hound. Maybe, that’s partly why I like them so much-there funny, they are suppose to be great with kids and laid back-I once had a basset hound and really miss him, but that was the closest.

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Jude's avatar

Don’t know much about them, but, they’re one of my favorite breeds. I couldn’t deal with the slobbering, though.

BBSDTfamily's avatar

All dogs require responsibility and only owners willing to fully step up to the plate should have one. Relatively speaking, yes they are more demanding. Besides the excessive slobber, they are large heavy dogs that will require monthly heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention, and daily food. My bullmastiffs cost $40 each every month for their flea/tick/heartworm prevention and $50 each for food. Be sure to factor that in, since these amount requirements depend on weight of the dogs.

crisw's avatar

They have a very strong odor (as most scent hounds do from their oily coats) and shed a lot, so if those things bother you, don’t get one.

They are very hard-headed when it comes to following odors. You can never trust them to come off a scent when called, or not to run in front of a car. They are oblivious when on the trail. For these reasons, they shouldn’t be off-lead in a non-fenced area.

The are very strong- although they are gentle, they can knock little kids over with exuberance, and that wagging tail is a deadly weapon!

They are short-lived- bloat is a real killer, as with any large, deep-chested dog.

Cardinal's avatar

You had better enjoy some BIG TIME noise. They are loud and incessant.

Garebo's avatar

Thanks for the answers, I was also interested in hip displaxia problems with this hound.

crisw's avatar

Statistics on hip dysplasia in all breeds can be found at the website for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

Bloodhounds rank 20th on the list, with 26.2% of tested dogs being dysplastic.

Garebo's avatar

Thing is, I live on 3 acres with lots of room for a big dog to enjoy. I still feel the particular dog within the breed can make a huge difference, but there are characteristics of a breed that can’t be denied.
The way the economy is going, I just might consider a German Sheperd.

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