While Bloodhounds are extremely affectionate, they are take-charge dogs.

It is important to be kind, but be the undisputed boss in your household. Bloodhounds should be groomed weekly to eliminate dead hair and facilitate a routine that will help them look, feel, and smell better.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Bloodhound is a giant breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


Varies from short to medium length & has a slight oil to it. Some require daily brushing while others are fine with weekly. Ears, loose skin & toenails need weekly care to maintain good health. New Bloodhound owners will become familiar with drool.

coat length Short
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

The noble Bloodhound is among the canine kingdom’s most kindly and docile citizens. Bred to live in packs, the Bloodhound is active & needs daily exercise to prevent boredom. As sweet-natured as Bloodhounds are, their amazing nose can sometimes lead them into trouble. A strong leash and long walks in places where they can enjoy sniffing around are recommended. Built for stamina, the Bloodhound needs fenced sniffing around space and enjoys an active family. They’re droolers, and obedience training these sensitive sleuths can be a steep challenge, but Bloodhound fans will tell you they’re worth the effort.

energy level Some Exercise

Bloodhound &HEALTH

Provide your hound with a quiet space of their own where they will not be annoyed, can eat in peace, sleep without being disturbed, and go to time-out and relax. This area needs to be available whether you have an indoor or outside hound. Bloodhounds are susceptible to bloat and/or torsion which are life threatening conditions requiring immediate veterinary attention. You may have one or both conditions occurring. No specific single cause has been identified, but precautions can be taken to lessen the chance of occurrence, i.e. feed several small meals, slow down an eater who “inhales” food, soak kibble, feed on a regular schedule while avoiding changing routines, no heavy exercise before or after eating, and monitor behavior after a meal.

Get into the routine of watching your Bloodhound eat and observing what is “normal” for your hound, that way if you notice something that is not usual behavior or a cause for concern, you are prepared. Bloodhounds are also notorious for ingesting undesirable objects (rocks, TV remotes, eye glasses, knives, socks, etc.), so keep the vet and emergency vet numbers handy.