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Info & Tips on finding a Bloodhound Breeder (& your Bloodhound Puppy)
THERE ARE 3 KINDS OF BLOODHOUND BREEDERS...
1 - Responsible & Reputable Breeders...
2 - Backyard type of Breeders...
3 - Large Scale (puppy mill) breeders...
    CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?
    Well, we will try to explain at bit...


1 - RESPONSIBLE BLOODHOUND BREEDERS:
  • Will have AKC registered bloodhounds
  • Will belong to the national bloodhound club
  • Will regurlarly show their bloodhounds at dog shows
  • Will select only their best dogs for breeding
  • Will understand and bred to the bloodhound standard
  • Will breed to try to improve the breed (not just for $$$)
  • Will have one (maybe two) breedings per year
         (or maybe a breeding every couple years)
  • Will have health info & certifications on sire & dam
  • Will share details on their animals health
  • Will have a clean environment for all their dogs
  • Will also have clean well presented dogs
  • Will not have an excessive number of dogs
  • Will want to help you learn about bloodhounds
  • Will require that you complete a Puppy Questionaire
       (with questions you may feel are invasive/personal
       so think of it more as a baby adoption process)

  • Will then require a Contract (varies by breeder)

    2 - BACKYARD BLOODHOUND BREEDERS:
  • May or may not have AKC registered bloodhounds
        (note: AKC registration is not an endorsement)
  • Generally do not participate in bloodhound breed clubs
  • Generally do not show their bloodhounds at dog shows
  • Generally do not have health clearances & information
  • Generally are not too well versed in akc bloodhound
        standards (or bloodhound faults, or temperments, etc.)
  • Generally are nice, mom & pop, type of people & families
         (maybe they're breeding for kids to have puppies or for
        extra money; or maybe it's an unexpected breeding.)


    3 - BLOODHOUND PUPPY MILLS (LARGE SCALE BREEDERS)
  • Will have AKC registered bloodhounds
        (again, AKC registration is not an endorsement)
  • Generally do not participate in bloodhound breed clubs
  • Generally do not regurlarly show their bloodhounds at shows
        (but may have 1 or 2 champions they really promote & breed)
  • Generally do not have health info & clearances on their dogs
  • Generally have & breed a HUGE number of dogs
  • Generally have & sell a HUGE number of puppies
  • Generally take credit cards & ship puppies by a 3rd party
  • Generally have a Kennel License... (generally large scale)

    LICENSED KENNEL?
  • Sure, sure - Licensed Kennel sounds wonderful...
        ... but often it means a "big-time" number of dogs...
        ... & perhaps an even "bigger" number of puppies...
    See Colorado's 2010 List of Large Scale Breeders (100+)
    Please do not support these mass marketers of puppies!


    THINGS TO ASK BLOODHOUND BREEDERS:
  • What health info is available on the dam
  • What health info is available on the sire
  • What health problems have they had
  • What is the longevity of their bloodlines
  • What is the typical cause of death
  • What puppy health tests are done
  • What guarantees (if any) do they offer
  • What help will they provide you

    HOW TO FIND A BLOODHOUND BREEDER:
  • Ask your vet if they have a referral
  • Visit the American Kennel Club website
  • Visit the American Bloodhound Club website
  • Visit Bloodhound Breeders at a Local Dog Shows
    These breeders know the AKC Bloodhound Standard,
    & are committed to improving the bloodhound breed.


    HAVE YOU CONSIDERED ADOPTING A BLOODHOUND?
    Many bloodhounds are in shelters needing a forever home!
    We suggest you check with Colorado All Breed Rescue.

    TO RECAP, BEFORE YOU BUY A BLOODHOUND PUPPY:
  • Beware & stay away from Pet Shops & Puppy Mills
  • Hint - mass marketers & puppy mills accept credit cards!
  • Do your research (books,websites,vets,breeders,etc)
  • Be sure a bloodhound is the right dog for you & your family!
  • Please select a breeder (a person) you can trust
  • Be ready to care & love your puppy it's entire life (8-10 yrs)!

    ARE YOU WONDERING WHAT'S OFA???
    It's - Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
    It's where you look up dog health records.
  • We do LIMITED BREEDING of our BLOODHOUNDS
    (only breed when we want to keep a puppy)

    BUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE A REFERRAL
    ...to a Reputable Bloodhound Breeder
    Please Send Us An Email
    & we will offer some suggestions

    Sassy (L) - BLOODHOUND PUPPY FACES - (R) Sebastian

    Major (Son of Sassy & Sebastian)

    BLOODHOUND DAM: Sassy (age 2.5 yrs)
    Am/Intl CH Provos Dont Be Sassy Groves,CGC,EECT,RN,TT
    Heart: OFA Echo by Cardiologist
    Elbows: OFA Normal
    Hips: OFA Good
    Optional: Thyroid: OFA Normal
    Optional: Patellar: OFA Normal

    BLOODHOUND SIRE: Sebastian (age 11 months)
    CH Houndwalkers Sebastian of the Groves, TT
    Heart: OFA Echo by Cardiologist
    Elbows: OFA Normal
    Hips: OFA Good
    Optional: DNA-AKC Canine Health Research

    ABOVE PLEASE NOTE:
    OUR BLOODHOUND HEALTH CLEARANCES
    Please Get Health Info from any-all breeders!!!

    We are sure you can tell... We are not supporters of Puppy Mills or Large Scale Breeders!
    And we hope we have helped you learn a little about responisble bloodhound breeders.

    If you are a Puppy Mill or Large Scale Breeder - Shame on you!
    At least you could microchip all your puppies and then take them back from shelters and care for them,
    rather than taking your money & running; while being a burden to the responsible bloodhound community!

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