SO YOU WANT A BLOODHOUND!
by Bill Ledford of BRIARPATCH BLOODHOUND KENNELS

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The BLOODHOUND by its very nature is a Pack animal and it is better for them to live in a home that has another dog. They will live and survive alone but will do much better with a companion. They accept other dogs readily as a rule and even a cat if raised with one from the puppy stage.

Bloodhound Puppies at Play
puppys at play

BLOODHOUNDS are very clean dogs. Yes, they shed like every other dog twice a year. Under normal conditions they should be bathed about once a month. Remember, big dogs big poop piles. You should have a way to clean your yard and have a ready disposal of the waste. Check with your local authorities about trash pick-up on this. They house break easily under normal conditions.

Another area that needs attention is the ears. The ears are very large and fold about the side of the head and in some cases are subject to heavy wax build up. They should be cleaned often;, we clean our hounds ears daily and it is no time consuming thing. Just a swipe or two as we give them some hugs. Also, because of the deep face wrinkles, the eyes can become matted and should be cleaned daily -- again no big deal -- and be done at the same time as the ears. We do it with a damp cloth. If it is a heavy and continuing build up in the ears or eyes your Vet can prescribe a medicated solution for this. As with all dogs they enjoy a good brushing. Toe nails will require trimming at least one time a month minimum. Some BLOODHOUNDS just do not like this and it can become a problem if you are not in full control of your pet.

BLOODHOUNDS adapt to most weather condition readily living in all area's of the bloodhound in snow world, Alaska -- Canada. southern US and further south, all of Europe and Russia. They should of course have outdoor shelter of ample size and comfort and be protected from cold or heat extremes -- better if they are live in companions. They require an ample supply of fresh water, especially in the summer periods. Large dogs, large fresh supply. Full Blacks suffer more than Black and Tans or Liver and Tans and all of these suffer more than a Red BLOODHOUND in the sun. It's a matter of heat absorption, so ample shade is a requirement in the yards.

The feeding of your BLOODHOUND is of primary importance. A good high quality dog food is a must. Don't use cheap, off-brand foods. Puppies up to 4 months can and maybe should be free fed, meaning the availability of food at all times. This way they can eat as they feel the need. Some people add Ester C and Calcium additives to the feed. Remember these puppies are growing at about five pounds a week. YES, 5 pounds per week.

After 4 months, a regular feeding schedule should be set and adhered to as closely as possible. Some folks feed one time a day, others two times a day, morning and afternoon or evening, some 3 times a day. What ever you chose be sure to be regular as is possible. Using a cup as a measure and feeding twice a day, a pup over 4 months should get 4 cups at each feeding. An adult or mature dog will get three cups at each feeding. For mature dogs this can vary according to the dog size. Many people add a quarter can of canned dog food with the regular ration, and it acts as a treat for the dog. Others add a generous helping of plain yogurt. Other popular additives include Dog Bloom and Fastrak as they will usually complete a balanced vitamin and mineral diet. Watching your dogs coat is a good barometer as to the quality of your dogs diet. It should be full, shining and soft to the touch.

Other things your dog will enjoy and are a healthy addition. Offering vegetables and fruits such as potatoes, corn, carrots, apples, oranges, bananas, any food that will not produce gas. These can be used as treats and rewards or offered with the regular food.

REMEMBER: CONSISTENCY, QUANTITY, QUALITY

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