The bloodhound is the face of laziness on television commercials and movies, but this image of the breed is far from reality. These energetic, loyal dogs can make excellent pets, but only for owners who know exactly what to expect from the breed.
Your bloodhound puppy will grow to approximately 23 to 27 inches in height at the shoulder, with a weight of between 80 and 110 lbs., with males being heavier.
Shedding And Drool
Bloodhound puppies are messy dogs, as they shed significantly and also have large amounts of drool. Be prepared to clean both of these regularly.
Your puppy will be full of energy, bounding around your home and probably on you regularly. You must provide plenty of stimulation for your bloodhound, because these dogs will turn to chewing if they are bored.
The bloodhound breed is prone to several health conditions, including hip and elbow dysplasia, bloat, gastric torsion, ear infections and eye abnormalities. Check your puppy's bloodlines carefully for signs of any hereditary concerns.
Bloodhounds require significant amounts of exercise, especially when they are puppies, as they were bred as working dogs. Do not buy a bloodhound puppy if you are not prepared for daily walks.
The bloodhound was bred as a hunting dog and has a keen sense of smell. These dogs will track a scent steadily until they find it, so they must be carefully confined in your yard with a tall fence to keep them from wandering miles from your home.