Breeding a Bloodhound does require some serious thought. The reason is that not many people have a desire to own such a large and clumsy looking dog. They are not appealing to many people because of their drooling and hyperactive behavior. They are also prone to eating anything in their sight.
Before You Consider Breeding
Before you consider breeding your Bloodhound, you have to consider a few things about their health. You need to have them checked by a vet to ensure the health and condition of their hips and elbows. You will need to have the puppies checked when they are born and then they need their first shots before you sell them. Breeding a Bloodhound is going to cost you money not just make you money as most people think.
You have to think very hard about breeding the Bloodhound. Do you have the funds for cost of stud service? Do you have the cost to have the dewclaws removed in all the puppies and all the vaccinations along with feeding up to ten additional mouths? Many people do not consider all the things that are necessary to consider before breeding. You want to have a quality of life for these dogs and you need to invest your time and money that you will probably not get back even after you sell them.
During Pregnancy and After The Birth
You are going to need to keep the mother happy and have plenty of food for her to stay healthy for the birth. A proper diet is essential to having healthy puppies and a healthy mother to take care of the puppies after birth. You also need to help the mother take care of the little ones. She may have ten puppies and they may need extra feedings and some warmth that the mother just cannot do. She is going to have puppies all around and if she is inexperienced, she may just give up on her puppies and leave all the feeding and motherly duties to you.
Finding Good Homes for the Puppies
After weaning the puppies, you need to find good homes and this means you need to screen the applicants and take the time to discuss the breed and some of the drawbacks of the breed. You have to be honest or you may end up receiving some of the puppies back at an unruly age. Perspective owners may think they are adorable as a puppy, but as they grow, they are going to start showing their true colors. Drooling, strange eating habits, and refusal to train are common.
Since you do not want to be left with five or six puppies running around, you should make sure that this breed is one that people have a desire to have in their homes. Talk to other breeders to see what their advice is before you even breed your Bloodhound. It may be easier to make decisions about breeding with some sound advice from a veteran breeder. They can tell you their success rate and give you some pointers about caring for the Bloodhound before, during, and after the birth of the puppies.