On average, Bloodhounds live for 7 to 12 years which is around the expected range for a dog that size.
They take their time to mature and are considered fully grown at around the 2 year mark. At this age, the Bloodhound should have grown to its full size weighting 80 to 120 pounds and measuring 23 to 28 inches in height
These big doggies are relatively healthy especially if you keep them well fed, active, and you keep up with routine vet visits. However, there are still a few issues that you have to look out for that may affect the dog’s quality and even length of life. Here are some of the health problems that Bloodhounds have.
This is caused by a number of gastrointestinal issues ranging from food intolerance to gastric dilatation volvulus. While it is mostly just uncomfortable for the pooch, there is the likelihood of serious complications and should be dealt with as soon as discovered.
Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
This joint disease commonly affects large dogs like the Bloodhound and can seriously hinder mobility and activity levels. It is more common in dogs of lower pedigree as champion bloodlines have the often genetic trait selectively bred out.
Bloodhounds are among some of the dog breeds known to suffer from dry eye and associated irritation. This is caused by a number of issues that affect the eye’s ability to produce lubricating liquids.
Skin issues like irritation due to heat intolerance or even allergic reactions often worsen the Bloodhound’s natural odor. The dog’s thick coat makes things even worse with the likelihood of complications like skin infections from open scratch wounds.