Hansen's Bloodhounds

How to Adopt your Bloodhound Puppy

"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them."
-Phil Pastoret

Congratulations!  Please follow these steps to reserve your puppy and to help prepare for your new pet!

  • Know that you are ready for a new member of your family.  :-)  Bloodhound puppies require more attention in the first 4 to 6 months than adult dogs. If you plan to keep your bloodhound puppy outside, inspect your kennel or run or backyard fence to make sure it is puppy safe, and has shelter from sun and for cold weather. If your puppy will be inside, this is a good excuse to buy those new tennis shoes you've been wanting...so you can exercise along with your puppy on long walks!

  • Read about our guarantees, as well as our health schedule for the puppies.

  • When you are ready to adopt a puppy, fill out our Puppy Application so we can learn a little about you and have all the info on hand that we need.  We will get back to you, usually within 24 hours.

    If you don't hear from us in response to a question you asked in the comments section, it would generally be because we didn't receive the message for some reason, such as spam filtering.  If you don't receive our reply in a timely manner, please contact us via phone at 641-413-1948.


Selecting a puppy.   We do things a bit different than other breeders.  Bloodhounds are working dogs.  Our puppies are professionally evaluated between 7 and 8 weeks.  Puppies that possess traits we want to see in working K9s are placed in training or offered to working homes.  Puppies that possess traits that would make better companions are offered to companion homes.  We don't want to place a high drive puppy in a home looking for a laid back companion!  When you reserve a puppy you will be kept up to date (via email, Facebook, or phone) when the puppies are born, and will send you photos, videos, etc. up until the puppies leave us at 10 weeks.  We always welcome visitors, but ask our customers to wait to choose their puppy until after they are evaluated. 

Learn what to expect from your puppy by reading about the development of puppies. When can they be housetrained? When can they learn obedience? Click here for more information.

Contact a veterinarian in your area if you don't have one already. Your puppy will need to finish its vaccination schedule after leaving our home.  You will want to have a veterinarian perform this.

Prior to picking up your puppy, make sure you obtain the items you will need for your new family member.

  • A collar or harness and light leash for potty stops on the way home and leash training.  A 12-14" collar or 'medium' harness should fit.  Check with us just prior to the big day and we will provide you with accurate chest and neck measurements.

  • Two short and heavy (flat-bottomed) tip-resistant bowls for food and water.

  • Chew toys are also good to have.  We try to teach the puppies how to fetch a rope toy before they leave.  It's great fun!

  • If you have far to travel, a pet carrier is an excellent idea (and also helps for vet visits down the road).

  • A high-quality puppy food is essential for the first few months.  We recommend you feed your bloodhound puppy three times daily as long as you can.  At a minimum, feed 2 times daily.

    Note:  We will send enough of the food we feed with you when you pick up your puppy to get you started and transition to the food you choose.

Final payment is due before you are allowed to take possession of your puppy

THE BIG DAY  For specific instructions to reach our home, e-mail or call us in advance.  Gather your puppy items (collar, leash, pet carrier if needed, etc.) and come meet your new bloodhound puppy!  :-)


Hansen's Hounds
(641) 413-1948
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