How Much Does a Bloodhound Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 10, 2018

With sunken eyes, a deeply furrowed face and loose jowls, Bloodhounds resemble a pet in dire need of a facelift.

The sad-eyed appearance is, however, quite misleading.

This is an adorable dog with a strong character and a sense of humor, traits balanced by a sensitive, reserved nature.

Also known as the St. Hubert Hound or the Flemish Hound, it’s considered to be a very old breed that originated in Belgium.

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How much does a Bloodhound cost?

The Bloodhound, as with all AKC dog breeds, will depend on the age, quality, its bloodline, the seller, geographical location of the seller and the inclusions.  The average, price, from our research, can range from as little as $350 to more than $1,000+

On PuppyFind.com, for example, they had close to 200 active listings, with the prices for a Bloodhound puppy ranging from as little as $350 to more than $1,100.

Most of the listings we found on the official AKC website ranged anywhere from $650 to $1,100.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

While all breeders vary with their inclusions, a reputable seller, at a minimum, should include all registration paperwork, up-to-date vaccinations with proof, a veterinarian exam, a health certificate and a health guarantee.  If AKC certified, most AKC breeders will include the pedigree paperwork, a microchip and some will remove the dew claws.  Recommended health test clearances, while not always included, may include a cardiac exam, elbow evaluation and/or hip evaluation.  A good breeder will always prove the breed has been tested for various conditions.

What are the extra costs?

The dog, as with many breeds, is considered to be quite stubborn at a younger age.  At a minimum, consider basic obedience classes to teach it the basic commands and housebreaking techniques.

Its coat is short, hard and smooth to the touch, composed of fur only, with no outstanding hairs.  Common coat colors include red, live and red, or black and red.  A white Bloodhound, referred to a “Talbot Hound,” did exist during the Middle Ages.

Don’t forget the recurring costs.  This will include the dog food, accessories/toys, startup supplies if you never owned a dog before and the routine/surprise vet visits.  A healthy dog can easily cost more than $50 a month, while a dog in need of a surprise surgery could cost much more.

Tips to know

At its peak, a Bloodhound can measure 22 to 28 inches and weigh more than 80 to 115 pounds.  They are known to be extremely strong and large in size, known for its trademark long muzzle, droopy-like ears and loose skin.  Females, on average, will measure and weigh about 10 percent less.

The Bloodhound can live 10 to 12 years when in captivity.

At times, the Bloodhound can be deemed “lazy,” but this often isn’t the case.  They do require a lot of exercise and can walk for hours, meaning they probably won’t be suitable in an apartment-like atmosphere if you’re unable to offer them the attention they need.  Owners often take their dogs hunting, on hikes or for a stroll around the block.

The breed requires minimal brushing and the ears should be periodically cleaned to avoid an ear infection.  The folded skin should be cleaned as well and bathing should only be done when necessary.

The Bloodhound loves attention, whether it comes from well-behaved children or other adults.  They can be attentive, however, they won’t be aggressive when around strangers.  When in their comfort zone, they tend to be affectionate, relaxed, independent, caring and kind.  In general, they tend to be quiet, but can loudly bark when startled.

The University of Illinois created a great guide talking about why the Bloodhound isn’t for everyone.  In general, they are known to drool a lot, they don’t live as long when compared to other breeds and they can be very hard to train in some circumstances.  Lastly, not great in terms of “street sense,” the Bloodhound, when on the loose, follow the world by their scent, meaning they can be very curious above new smells, which can lead to them to who knows where.

The Bloodhound is considered to be a very healthy breed, but as with all dog breeds, they are prone to the following health conditions as per DogTime.com:  hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, ectropion, entropion, epilepsy, fold dermatitis and gastric dilatation-volvulus.

How can I save money?

Highly consider adopting from a local rescue organization or a shelter.  Buying from breeder, regardless of their ethics or background, is never a good idea as they are often in it for the money.  The world doesn’t need more dogs or cats, as you probably know, so why keep these breeders in business?  Adopting is a great way to help a dog in need and can help an organization that can really use the funds.  To find a reputable rescue group, we recommend this directory on the American Bloodhound Club’s official website.  Even if you’re unable to find a true Bloodhound, you could find a mix such as a Bloodhound Beagle, Mastiff or Husky mix, for example.


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