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Sunday, February 7, 2010

bloodhoundThis breed is a gentle dog which is nonetheless tireless in following a scent. Because of its strong tracking instinct, it can be willful and somewhat difficult to obedience train. Bloodhounds have an affectionate, gentle, and even-tempered nature, so they make excellent family pets. However, like any large breed, they require supervision when around small children because they can knock them over with their bulk. Bloodhounds are also characterized by a stubborn “what’s-in-it-for-me?” attitude, a likely cause (in conjunction with their size and propensity for excessive drooling) for the high rate, in comparison with other breeds, of bloodhounds given up for adoption once full-grown.

Comments on Bloodhound

  1. Clive Norman says:

    “for the high rate, in comparison with other breeds, of bloodhounds given up for adoption once full-grown.”

    I don’t know who wrote this summary which in the main is correct, however as someone who works closely with ‘Bloodhound Lifeline’ this particular comment is incorrect. Yes Bloodhounds are given up for adoption the same as any other breed. However, due to the diligent work in vetting procedure carried out by most responsible breeders most are never given up for adoption. The breeders association of Bloodhounds also take back any hounds that turn out not to be required by there new owners. This year (2010) Battersea Dogs home did have a Bloodhound, and after talking to staff there it was the first one any of them could ever remember (some have worked there for 15+ years).

    It is right for any potential Bloodhound owner to be aware of the particular requirements of this breed, but please do not paint them as un-trainable which is the way your summary reads. My impression is that this summary has probably been written after reading articles from the US, where in deed they do have more of a problem. But then for anyone who has seen the ‘dog whisperer’ is it any surprise!

  2. Debbie Pownall says:

    Thank you Clive for your comments on this. As someone who has been doing bloodhound rescue for over 20 years I can state that if we get into double figures in one year with rescues then we consider that to be a bad year. Also like to say that Clive has worked wonders with his own rescue hound and given him a great home.

  3. michael smith says:

    As an Ex- Bloodhound Handler for HMForces I have to say obedience isn’t everything!These dogs were a huge help in operations, they can ‘track’ for miles.
    We are looking to rescue Bloodhounds for our Security Teams in the UK and they wouldn’t be sent overseas.
    We have our own secure Kennels in the countryside perfect for Bloodhounds.
    These dogs will be teamed with our Handlers for security work.

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