Does anyone here own a Blood-hound? Or owned one in the past? I was curious what it was like for them to care for one, as compared to a Basset? Is it much more demanding? Do they behave similar to Bassets? Thanks in advance.
I haven't owned one but I worked with them on man hunts in law enforcement. My home state penitentiary raised them from 'in-house' litters but would sell one to any LE who wanted one for pet. The reports I got from those who had taken a pup indicated that they were very gentle and good with little children but they ate a lot of food and were some too powerful to let into the house as we do our beloved Bassets. I think it would be like turning a bull loose in a china shop.
I think there is a problem to be dealt with in so much as they love to strike a trail and then give chase so I think they would be very active and a owner would have to keep them under control. The State Hounds that I was around were handled by only one handler and no other person was allowed to mix with them. I do know that one man cannot restrain one on the lead chain once they have been released to follow the given scent and I have witnessed one of them on the lead chain drag the dog boy(handler) with no problem. When the Hounds do catch up to the escapee they would just lie down beside him/her and would remain silent unless the convict attempted to walk away.
I've been working with a bloodhound in tracking this winter. The dog is a young bitch, just a year old. She's big and strong, with a lot of energy. The handler has done some search and rescue training, and the bloodhound guys she has worked with tell her that bloodhounds *need a job*. From what I've seen, compared to bassets, the temperament is more aloof, not as laid back/easy-going as the average basset. Dog is very determined to follow scent and can literally jerk the handler off her feet, if she's not careful. The dog is also not dependably food-motivated, and that could be a problem in training--for me anyway.
From what I've seen, they're not just bigger, goofier bassets. I think researching this particular breed is a very smart thing to do--will be interested to hear what other bloodhound fanciers have to say.
I've always loved Bloodhounds but have never owned one. When I lived in Philadelphia, we would attend the dog show there every year. It was not a benched show. It was a great opportunity to meet the breeders, handlers and get up close and personal to every registered breed. I was in love with the bloodhound there. The breeder said their odor is much stronger than a Basset, they are highly food motivated and will tear up your backyard. He said when they run, they "hoof" it and your beautiful lawn will probably not stay that way. Like Betsy said, the best way to find out about a breed is to talk to as many informed people as possible. Know what you're getting, before you get it
When I was looking for another dog for Lily I was looking into getting a bloodhound. My fiance talked me out of it for the reasons mentioned above. We were fearful that he/she would get on a scent and would be gone forever. Awesome looking dogs, but from what I understand nothing like our Bassets.
I currently own a bloodhound,Daisy and she is wonderful. She is a very aloof dog but she spent the first eight months of her life in a tiny pen with no attention. When we got her at eight months she didn't even know her name. She is 3 now and very loving. She is more careful with men but that is from her past. I find Daisy to be easier than any of my bassets. She is big and extremely strong.
A few years ago, I lived a couple of doors down from three or four bloodhounds - very, very sweet pups, but also shy.
They didn't sounds like bassets, though! When they'd start howling, they sounded like prehistoric monsters! :blink: I don't know if that was peculiar to these dogs or if they all have that prehistoric monster howl. It was really alarming the first time I ever heard it.