Bloodhound - Breed and Grooming Tips

Described as a "unique looking dog in a baggy suit," the Bloodhound is one of the oldest breeds of dogs that hunt by scent. Although affectionate, they can posess shy natures, sensitive to kindness or correction by their master. Colors of the Bloodhound include black and tan, liver and tan, and red, sometimes flecked with white. The actual term "Bloodhound" refers not to what the Bloodhound trails but instead refers to its status as the "blooded hound," meaning aristocratic, since such great lengths were taken early on to keep the strain clean.


A Look Back


The Bloodhound made its appearance in Europe long before the Crusades, when the first specimens were brought from Constantinople in two strains, black and white. Established in America for over a century, it proved early on to be a tireless worker for law enforcement, being so accurate that evidence trailed by a Bloodhound has been accepted in a court of law.


Right Breed for You?

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


Source:  American Kennel Club - www.akc.org


Grooming

General: The Bloodhound is a scent hound and so it is built low to the ground with many flaps and wrinkles and long ears. Many of the scent hounds have large heavy lips and tend to drool. Noses of scent hounds are Very sensitive and shampoos with too much fragrance and dips should be avoided unless absolutely needed. . They should be groomed every 4 – 6 weeks to clean ears, clip nails and check anal glands.


Paws: Bloodhounds have very large thick nails and need regular nail trims to keep their feet from splaying. Because they track game they need Paw Balm to keep their pads soft and pliable to keep them from drying and cracking.


Eyes: Bloodhounds are known for their droopy eyes, so Optisoothe Eye Wash is a must. Flush the eyes of any foreign matter and keep the eye moist.


Ears: Bloodhounds have very heavy ears and are prone to ear problems, use Ear Care to clean the ears and help dry out any moisture deep within the ear, this will help with the odor. Only clean as far as you can see.


Bathing: Scent hounds definitely require multiple baths. The first bath is for general cleaning to take off the dirt and grime. Follow up with the second bath and target the need of the dog. Outdoor and field dogs may need Flea & Tick Shampoo or a Tea Tree & Aloe Shampoo for irritations from running through brush on the trail. Bloodhounds with an oily coat may need Energee Plus Shampoo. Bloodhounds are known for having body odor because of all the flaps and folds of the skin, for these dogs we suggest Oatmeal and Baking Soda shampoo. Be sure to end the bath with conditioner or a deep moisturizing with Luxury Remoisturizer. This will keep the coat hydrated to protect against harsh weather conditions.


Coat Care: Oatmeal Baking Soda Facial Cleanser can be used as often as needed to keep the folds of the lips clean and odor free. For the body, Extreme Odor Eliminator between baths is a must! Hot Spot Foam or 3 in 1 Healing Cream used in the wrinkles will help dry out the area and prevent raw irritations.


Show Dog Tips: High Sheen Finishing Spray before entering the ring is a must; it will add shine and luster to the coat without leaving an oily residue


Common Problems: Dirty ears are common problems and need to be addressed regularly. Body odor is the biggest problem with this breed and makes it hard to keep a Bloodhound in the house without using Extreme Odor Eliminator.


Tools: A Shedding blade to remove dead coat should be used during your grooming routine.

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