Bloodhounds are unique and anyone considering adoption should know how to care for the dog. Before you adopt, become familiar with the particulars associated with this breed. (Adoption information can found through the American Bloodhound Club’s website.)
Grooming a Bloodhound: In general, Bloodhounds love to play, run, swim, and get dirty. While they are not high maintenance, they require special care from a young age forward. Bloodhounds are most cooperative when they learn from an early age—waiting until adulthood to groom your Bloodhound will inevitably arouse problems!
Nail care and Bathing: Most Bloodhounds hate their nails trimmed. It is highly recommended that you introduce trimming to your Bloodhound as a small puppy so they become acquainted with the process. Your local veterinarian or pet shop can help if you are uncomfortable with the process. The same is true with bathing your hound! Be sure to start young; make it an enjoyable event! When bathing your hound pay special attention to his or her ears (and eyes). Most love their ears cleaned if it is done gently and regularly. Regular cleaning also prevents infections.
Spaying females: It is highly recommended that you wait to spay your female until after her first heat to prevent urinary incontinence and infections at an older age. Some females do not have their first heat until they are eight to twelve months.
Crate training: A crate can become your Bloodhound’s best friend. It can be her safe place, dining room, and bedroom. It is highly recommended that you train your dog to spend time eating and sleeping in his or her crate.
Feeding: It is recommended that you feed in a quiet location so your hound does not gulp his or her food and does not rush dinner. Again, a crate can be the perfect dining area because it is a safe quiet place for your hound. It is extremely important not to feed your hound too much in one meal—Bloodhounds are known to bloat. (Bloat is a life-threatening condition where the intestines twist.) Also, be considerate of the type of food you feed your Bloodhound. The first ingredient should be meat and corn products are highly discouraged because they cause swelling and gas in the stomach.
Walking: Bloodhounds are scent hounds—they can track a scent for days. Use a twenty-foot flex lead to walk your hound. Also, allow your Bloodhound plenty of daily exercise; it is best to have a fenced-in back yard for this breed.
Bloodhounds are extremely fun and exciting, but caring them requires special attention. Before adoption look into what it takes to care for the breed.