ok, posted male vs female, laughed because the dog we wanted to add was a bloodhound, opinions on bloodhounds, it is my husband's call not mine.
A friend of mine is a bloodhound breeder - remember Knotty the bloodhound?Directly from The American Bloodhound Club site:IF you don't mind the mess and slobber that come with a big, jowly dog that loves mud and rolling in things, the stinkier the better.
They are cool dogs. But definitely not for everyone.A friend of mine is a bloodhound breeder - remember Knotty the bloodhound?
I admire her dogs. I think her dogs are amazing and they've given me a whole new appreciation for a breed I hadn't spent much (any) time with...BUT (and you knew that was coming) the amount of slobber her bloodhounds put off (out) boggles my mind. Her dogs are so clean, well mannered - but there's a lot of spit involved. Since I've known her dogs I've met a few other bloodhounds that were not so clean - their wrinkles need to be cleaned daily or the spit and gunk get stuck in the crevices and create infection and stink....they are not a low-maintenance breed by any stretch of the imagination.
My advice: meet a breeder, meet her dogs - spend time with her dogs. Heck, see if you can foster a bloodhound rescue - they are great dogs but not for everyone.
Most bloodhound people tack stomachs at the same time as they do OFA prelims...or so I've heard.They are cool dogs. But definitely not for everyone.
It should be noted that there are also health issues - hip and elbow dysplasia are a big problem in the breed. Ear infections are a huge problem, and they do have a very high incidence of bloat/torsion, which is actually being looked into as being hereditary in the breed. Hereditary eye problems are big, too, such as entropion and ectropion, and regular eye care is a must.
Most bloodhound people tack stomachs at the same time as they do OFA prelims...or so I've heard.
It is SERIOUS drool. Having had Pointers, I am not unfamiliar with drool... Pointer drool can take on a life of its own, too. Dave used to shake his head and end up looking like someone had wound white rope around his muzzle several times. And it would occasionally hit the walls. The windows at Pointer nose height always had what appeared to be a film of rubber sement on them. And once it hardened, it was the devil to remove. BUT, Pointer drool pales in comparison to Bloodhound drool. Bloodhound drool doesn't just fling, it spews. And I will say that I also find that even Saint Bernard drool is just a country cousin to Bloodhound drool!!I dislike boarding them because of the slobber....and slobber doesn't just hit the floor. They tend to shake their heads, and the slobber is wall to wall....on the ceiling...on you....
NASA should develop a use for the stuff. It's slippery when you step on it (yes, there's that much of it), and almost impossible to get off of surfaces.
But other than that, the ones I've encountered have been nice, although noisy, dogs.
I also think that everyone considering any breed, including of course goldens, should answer the question of WHY do they want that particular breed? A lot of good breeders also seem to ask that question flat out.
I'm not looking for you to answer it, just commenting that everyone should do some "soul searching" as to their motives for getting any particular breed before they go ahead and get the puppy.
Excellent post and... isn't there bloodhound in the backgrounds way back of our Goldens? I do see some similar traits there. hehe!Directly from The American Bloodhound Club site:
A Bloodhound can be the world's most wonderful pet - IF. But it's a big if. Bloodhounds are gentle and loving - but big and bumbling. They can be high maintenance pets, because having a happy, well-behaved Bloodhound in your home requires lots of time and effort. A bloodhound may be the dog for you IF you have lots of time and patience. Bloodhounds can be stubborn, and training a Bloodhound requires tons of both. You can't just tell a bloodhound what to do, the way you can a spaniel. IF you don't mind the mess and slobber that come with a big, jowly dog that loves mud and rolling in things, the stinkier the better. IF you have a sense of humor as good as your Bloodhound's.
Puppies are a special challenge. A Bloodhound puppy requires a great deal of exercise; the only "good" puppy is a tired puppy. It will follow its nose into trouble again and again. Bloodhounds have been known to eat towels, batteries, remote controls, antique rockers, car seats, - every bloodhound owner can add to the list - and they often require expensive surgery after one of these tasting adventures. They can be fence jumpers, climbers, and diggers. They have to be walked on leash, and can pull as hard as a truck.
If you don't think life would be worth living without a Bloodhound, you probably qualify as a Bloodhound owner. If you're not convinced, you should think twice or three times
HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! I still love The Beverly Hillbillies!!! (I'm old, too... )I've had bassets for at least fifteen years and my husband has had them since he was a kid. I know that they're not the same, but the drool is close and so is the love to hear themselves howl, bark, etc. That I can live with, but awhile back I talked to a breeder and she was very plain about the bloodhound's activity level. She said they are not like the Beverly Hillbillies (I'm old) and she once found her bloodhound on the roof of her house. Her husband had left out the ladder after cleaning the gutters. She said they are curious, activity, and stubborn. Research and then talk to several breeders to get their opinion based on your lifestyle.