With a characteristically droopy mouth and eyes, and long ears, the bloodhound is an unmistakable breed in the dog world. Gentle yet determined, Bloodhounds can be stubborn to a fault when they want to. Read all about this interesting breed, from characteristics to price and availability in India.
Is Bloodhound Popular In India?
The characteristic Indian household is apartment-based, and usually has several objects that can be easily ingested by a bloodhound. Bloodhounds need space, and smooth marble flooring is very harmful for their feet. Most of all, bloodhounds are known more for their utility than for their appearance. It is for these reasons that the bloodhound is not popular in India, and is rarely seen in the country. Read on to know more about this interesting breed!
Acquiring a bloodhound in India is rare, and a difficult process. You won’t always find a Bloodhound at every pet store, even the higher-end ones. Additionally, they are purebreds, which makes them much more expensive. They are not commonly found with Indian breeders.
Bloodhound Price In India
A Bloodhound dog can cost from ₹80,000 to ₹1,50,000.
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Monthly Maintenance Costs For A Bloodhound
The cost that comes with owning a bloodhound depends greatly on your dog. If they are puppies, you will have to get them vaccinated and dewormed which comes to around ₹1,200 for the first month. It also depends on whether you are giving your dog home food or store-bought dog food. However, an approximation would be around ₹5,000 to ₹8,000.
History And Popularity
Bloodhounds are ‘sagaces’, referring to the word ‘sagacious’ that means “having keen discernment and judgement”. Sagaces are a group of dogs that hunt by scent. The bloodhounds are not named because of their ability to track blood, which is a common misconception. There is a long and royal history to these dogs; the breed was first perfected in the 7th century by St. Hubert of Belgium.
Modern day bloodhounds trace lineage to those owned by William the Conqueror. He first brought bloodhounds to England in 1066. They were so well bred that they were a breed owned by several monarchs and aristocrats. Thus, they came to be known as bloodhounds i.e. of aristocratic blood. They are still known as St. Hubert hounds in certain French-speaking parts of Europe, as the monastery of St. Hubert sent a pair of bloodhounds to the French monarch each year for several years.
Today, the bloodhound is the ultimate tracker. No technology can rival these four-legged sniffers. They are the most reliable when it comes to man-hunts and other tracking scenarios. In fact, they are commonly found in police departments across the world due to this ability. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), bloodhounds are so reliable that their tracking evidence is accepted as evidence in legal cases.
Male bloodhounds grow to a height of 25 to 27 inches, with some growing up to 32 inches. They can weigh from 40 to 60 kgs. Females are of slightly smaller build, growing up to 23 to 25 inches. They can weigh 35 to 45 kilograms. Their coats are short and tough to the touch, and can come in black and tan, liver and tan, and red. Their skin is loose and wrinkly, while their faces have folds of skin. Bloodhounds have droopy eyes and ears, and a long droopy mouth.
Moreover, Bloodhounds also have powerful noses. They are known for their exceptional ability to track down scents. Their strong legs enable them to chase down scents for hours, covering long distances before they tire out.
Temperament Of A Bloodhound
Bloodhounds are gentle giants, and very mild mannered. They get along well with people and are companionable, even with children. They are known to be patient and gentle with curious toddlers as well! However, bloodhounds can be very determined and stubborn. They are independent thinkers, often doing as they please with no heed to any commands.
When bloodhounds smell something interesting, they will not stop till they track it down. Bloodhounds can also be loud and expressive, not just barking but also whining, howling, and their characteristic baying.
Lifespan Of A Bloodhound
Like most dogs their size, Bloodhounds have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
Are Bloodhounds Hypoallergenic?
Unfortunately, Bloodhounds are not hypoallergenic. They are shedders, and shed their fur quite regularly. Brush the coat of your bloodhound at least once a week, and more often if required. Brushing helps soften the coat and reduce shedding. However, do not expect your bloodhound to stop shedding entirely. There is no remedy or solution for this. If you’re allergic, you’re better off with another breed.
What Is The Average Litter Size Of A Bloodhound?
These big dogs can have an average litter size of about 8 to 10 pups. Some litters have gone up to 15 puppies.
What Is A Bloodhound Like As A Puppy?
Bloodhound puppies are curious, active, and want to bite and eat everything within their reach. The world and all its exciting smells and scents are a lot for bloodhounds to take in and they tend to be excitable. Keep a close eye on your bloodhound pup and ensure you supply it with several chew toys. Be firm about what your puppy can chew and bite to encourage good habits from an early age.
Limit your bloodhound pup’s exercise as you don’t want them getting fatigued. Ensure your puppy gets some socialization with other people and dogs to help them get accustomed to it and develop their social skills. In addition, it is important to introduce your bloodhound pup to grooming and examination when it is a puppy. This lets them get accustomed to it. It is especially important to do this with a bloodhound so that you can examine their ears and clean their faces without too much trouble as adults – both important grooming steps.
Good Diet For A Bloodhound
A Bloodhound is a heavy eater, and needs high-quality dog food. Whatever the diet, it has to be appropriate to your dog’s age. Bloodhounds can just as easily become overweight, so be careful of how generous you are with their meals. They are messy when they eat and their ears tend to get in the way. We recommend laying out a few newspapers and tying their ears back lightly.
Because of their wide chests, bloodhounds can get bloated. Avoid giving your bloodhound large amounts of water after a heavy meal, exercising it immediately before or after a meal, and stressing it out.
Health Concerns With Bloodhounds
On the whole, bloodhounds are healthy dogs. Nonetheless, there are certain ailments you need to watch out for to ensure your bloodhound is as healthy as possible.
Hip dysplasia is a condition where the thigh bone doesn’t properly fit into the hp joint. It can be inherited. Dogs will show signs of discomfort, particularly limping and lameness in one or both hind legs.
This is a condition common to large dogs. Joint laxity in the front legs at the elbow can lead to pain, and even lameness.
As mentioned, bloodhounds have loose skin that bunches up into folds particularly on the face. Trapped moisture between the folds, kept unclean, can lead to fold dermatitis. This is a skin condition. Constantly cleaning your dog thoroughly between the folds is essential to prevent this.
Commonly ailing large and deep-chested dogs, bloating can be life-threatening. Ensure your dog isn’t eating one large meal a day, exercising before or after a meal, or drinking too much water right after a heavy meal. Visible symptoms include excessive drooling, retching, inactivity with a rapid heart rate, and a distended abdomen.
Bloodhounds can come with expensive vet visits that sometimes include surgery for removal of something they have ingested. Be very careful of your stuff around a bloodhound, especially small objects. They are notorious for eating just about anything and everything which can prove dangerous. Their long ears should be regularly checked and cleaned lightly to avoid infections. Give them regular baths to avoid odor, and regularly brush their teeth.
Things To Take Note Of
Bloodhounds may be affectionate and gentle, but they are not obedient dogs and do as they please. Training should start from a young age, with firm yet gentle and persuasive tactics. Bloodhounds follow their nose, and must always be leashed. Be attentive when taking them out on walks to avoid them eating things up.
As adolescents, bloodhounds can be clumsy and a little too curious for their own good. Additionally, they need daily exercise. The exercise must be maintained even as adults, as they do not tire easily and require some daily brisk movement. Bloodhounds are also excessive droolers. Be prepared for the mess, and clean up their mouths when the buildup gets excessive to prevent infections.
Bloodhounds can be difficult, due to the level of attention they demand. At the same time, they make for wonderful family dogs and are lovable companions. In the hands of the right family devoted to the caretaking of the dog, a Bloodhound can be a perfect fit.