Buying A Bloodhound Puppy

First Things First......
After researching about Bloodhounds and deciding a Bloodhound is for you, then you will need to find a breeder, hopefully you will have already met a Bloodhound in the flesh, at a show, Bloodhound working trials or at county fayre/game show. After initial contact and if the breeder thinks that you will make a suitable owner for a Bloodhound you will be expected to fill in a puppy questionnaire, after this if you have not met a Bloodhound then you should make arrangements with the breeder to meet either their own hounds or someone who has some close to you. You may have to wait up to a couple of years for your first Bloodhound, often breeders have waiting lists. Breeders can be quite fussy as to who will own one of their puppies, Bloodhounds are a large, boisterous hound with a keen strong hunting instinct.



Before you get your puppy
Your house will need to be Bloodhound proof!
Your garden has to be fully secure with strong high fencing, hounds may dig out, jump out or squeeze through the tiniest of holes. 
Any ponds should be securely fenced before your puppy arrives, puppies do not swim well and will drown.
Any wires should be out of the way as these are easily chewed, breakable ornaments should be well out of the way, Bloodhound tails are long and strong which will swipe anything off tables and sideboards. 
Any remote controls, computer mouses, glasses etc should be put in a safe place, these will get eaten.
You will need to purchase puppy food(same as what the breeder is feeding), leads, collars, strong toys, bowls, brush, a large cage for your puppy to rest, vet bed, ear cleaner, tea towels for slobber.
Prepare beds, cages and bowls etc for the arrival of your puppy.
Register at a vet practice, checking which vaccine they use.


When you get your puppy
Your puppy will need a safe and secure place to travel in, a cage secured into the vehicle is the safest option with plenty of vet bed in the bottom, it is safer to leave your puppy in the cage until you get home, getting it out in public areas before he/she is fully vaccinated could be potentially harmful and dangerous if your puppy should escape.
Your puppy may have had a long journey so may want to sleep when he/she gets home, just pop the into the garden first so that they can relieve themselves, let your puppy slowly familiarise itself with the new sights and smells.
Feed your puppy as per the breeders instructions on their diet sheet.
Any worries or concerns no matter how small contact your breeder.
Do not allow your puppy to jump on/off sofas or walk upstairs/downstairs as this will damage their joints.
Your puppy will need  a safe/secure place to sleep, a room where he/she cannot hurt itself or a large cage.



What to expect from your breeder
You should get a puppy pack which contains as a minimum, a diet sheet, vaccination and worming regime, puppy and health advice, specific breed traits and recommendations contact details and a contract signed by you and your breeder.
Your puppy should be Kennel Club registered and have his/her registration papers available or to follow soon after if there has been delays.
Your puppy should be microchipped by the breeder and registered with a database, usually Petlog.
Your breeder should be there to offer advice to you at anytime.
If for any reason your circumstances change your breeder should have your puppy back.
Abide by the contract signed by you and the breeder.

What your breeder expects from you
To care and look after your puppy, contacting the breeder if any problems arise.
To inform the breeder of any health issues.
Should your circumstances change that you return the puppy back to the breeder.
To keep your breeder updated on your puppy's progress.
Abide by the contract signed by you and the breeder.

What to expect from your puppy
Your puppy should look breed typical, it may not be purebred if it does not have the distinct features of a Bloodhound.
At around 10 weeks your puppy will weigh about 15kg, if he/she is seriously underweight then the puppy may be ill or not purebred.
Your puppy will probably chew items that you do not want it to and toilet in the house.
Your puppy should be puppy fat with a chubby belly but it should not be distended in any way, any distension may be signs of illness.
Your puppy will have times of activity and then sleep, if your puppy is quiet and not asleep then it is probably doing something it shouldn't!
Your puppy will grow quickly and eat a lot, which means he/she will want to go toilet a lot.