Frequently Asked Questions
Most questions can be answered on our Adopt, Guarantee, Health, and Shipping pages. Occasionally we are asked questions that do not fit in with those categories and will list them here. If you have a question please feel free to call or email.
How much are your puppies?
Our bloodhound puppies are $1,500. If you
are looking for a working bloodhound puppy, please click
here. All of our puppies
come from health certified (by OFA) adults and are professionally
evaluated between 8 and 9 weeks. You might find
puppies that cost less but remember that sometimes 'you get what you
pay for'. If you've researched bloodhounds you know
that this breed is not without health issues.
I say this from experience: it is
better to pay a little more upfront for a puppy that is
professionally evaluated and temperament tested, from health
tested parents, with a good health guarantee than be saddled with enormous vet bills down
Are your puppies proven Man-trailing dogs? Yes and we can provide references. We have numerous working trailing dogs in the field and in training. (To read some of our puppy success stories, click here.) If you are looking for a high drive working bloodhound click here.
I want a working dog...not a show dog. Believe it or not I hear this statement all the time. If you are purchasing a bloodhound to work you need to be sure that dog can withstand the rigors of the field. The dogs needs to be able to work all day and do so for many years. That means your pup needs adequate bone, type, and substance, athleticism, temperament, drive, good structure, etc. We show in conformation and participate in trailing events to ensure our dogs are meeting the AKC breed standard.
What does structurally correct
mean? Well I'm glad you asked! Correct
structure is important regardless of what you intend to do
with your dog but is especially important in a working K9.
If your breeder can't point out structural issues in their
own dogs / puppies (because no dog is perfect), I'd find
another breeder. Structural deficiencies, bad hips,
bad elbows, etc. may result in your dog breaking down over
What does limited registration mean? Limited Registration means that your bloodhound is AKC registered. With limited registration your bloodhound is eligible to be entered in the following licensed or member events: Obedience, Tracking, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, Herding, Lure Coursing, Agility, Rally, and Earthdog but cannot compete in confirmation shows.
What does full registration mean? Full registration is for breeding stock and bloodhounds that will be actively shown in the conformation ring. If you are not a breeder or do not plan to show for conformation, you do not need full registration for your bloodhound. We rarely sell our puppies with Full Registration.
I've heard bloodhounds can have
problems with bloat. What does that mean?
Bloat is a condition that can affect large deep
chested breeds such as: Great Dane, Irish Setter,
Labrador, Standard Poodle, German Shepherd, Boxer, etc.
Gas accumulation in the stomach alone is known as bloat or dialation. Gastric Dialation and Volvulus or GDV is a condition where the stomach twists and then fills with gas. Bloat can occur on its own, or as a precursor to torsion. The result is a rapid swelling of the abdomen, pain and eventual death if untreated. Bloat is an emergency, requiring immediate veterinary action. Signs of bloat include: swollen belly, nonproductive vomiting, retching, restlessness, abdominal pain, rapid shallow breathing. Many people agree that multiple small meals versus one large meal per day as well as limited exercise around meal times can help reduce the risk of bloat. It is now believed bloat may have a genetic connection. Although we have been fortunate (knocking on wood) and have not experienced bloat in our line, we highly recommend you 'tack' your puppy's stomach to prevent GDV.
Where are you located? We are located in Blockton, Iowa which is centrally located 2 hours from Des Moines, Omaha, and Kansas City.
Do you offer stud services? No. While our boys would certainly love entertaining as many girls as possible, we do not offer stud services.
I am thinking about breeding. Can you give me any advice? Click here.
Should I spay or neuter? Click here.
Customer Comments? Click here. In addition to our customer comments, check out the videos of our pups in training with GAK9 and some of their success stories here.
"Whoever said you can't buy happiness
forgot about puppies." Gene Hill