As a big fan of the Bloodhound dog breed, I can’t get enough of many interesting Bloodhound mixes. Oh, neither can you? Great! Then, buckle up, because today we’re going to talk about eight adorable Bloodhound mixes.
A purebred Bloodhound is registered within the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) hound dog group. It is a famous scent hound that appeared in many shows and cartoons.
The purebred Bloodhound is pretty rare these days, and so are the Bloodhound mixes. In fact, the American Kennel Club does not officially recognize any of these Bloodhound mixes.
To many dog owners this doesn’t mean a thing. However, future dog owners who want a show dog should buy purebred Bloodhounds from reputable breeders.
What Is A Bloodhound Mix Dog?
A Bloodhound mix dog is a hybrid dog that originates from crossing a purebred Bloodhound with another purebred dog. Sometimes, a mixed breed dog is also crossed with a purebred Bloodhound. But, in that case, we are developing a second generation of Bloodhound mixed breeds.
Today we want to talk about mixing two different purebred dogs. Mix puppies always make cute and unique combinations. Most of the time, dog breeders can’t tell what a mix puppy will look like.
As much as I find cross breeding exciting, there are some things to keep in mind. Whenever a breeder is crossing two dogs of different sizes, a dog that is larger should always be a female carrying puppies. Small female dogs may experience labor difficulties if they carry large puppies.
When it comes to cross breeding, genetics plays an important role. To develop a healthy mix puppy, reputable breeders will mix healthy parent dog breeds with known backgrounds.
Here are some of the best mixed breeds that we have found!
1. Labrador Retriever Bloodhound
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For years Labrador Retrievers have been known as the best family companions. Whenever you cross a purebred Labrador Retriever with another purebred, chances are you are going to hit the doggie jackpot!
This wonderful crossbreed is often referred to as Labloodhound.
Let’s do some math. A purebred Labrador Retriever is a large dog. A purebred Bloodhound is also a large dog that can reach between 25 and 27 inches in height and weigh up to 110 pounds.
So, when you mix and match these two, you get a Labloodhound that ranges between 21.5 and 27 inches in size. As for weight, both Lab and Bloodhound parents are prone to obesity.
Normal adult weight of a Labloodhound is between 55 – 110 pounds, with males heavier than females.
Floppy ears, cute puppy eyes, moderate-shedding short coat, and a few skin folds. Alongside various appearance combinations, this Lab mix comes in different coat colors. Purebred Labrador Retrievers coat colors are beautiful! So, depending on its parent, the Labloodhound puppy inherits either black, yellow, tan, liver, chocolate, black and tan, or red coat colors.
Due to the fact that both purebred parent breeds inherit short coats, they are also more likely to shed. So, expect your Labloodhound to be a moderate to high shedder.
In addition to extraordinary looks, Labloodhound’s temperament is what most dog lovers fall for! We have already mentioned that the Labrador Retriever is a wonderful family dog with a loving personality. What about the Bloodhound parent?
Well, Bloodhounds are also known as incredible companions. They are loyal and adventurous. Besides that, a Bloodhound dog is probably the bravest pup you will meet!
When you combine all of these amazing features, you get a fun-loving and affectionate pooch — the Labloodhound!
2. German Shepherd Bloodhound
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There is no way you can go wrong with any German Shepherd hybrid puppy! German Shepherd Bloodhound mix is a one-of-a-kind combination of a herding and a scent dog.
Can you imagine the incredible skills their offspring inherits?
Both parent dogs – the German Shepherd and the Bloodhound are large dogs. They are very similar in size. So, there are little to no chances that a German Shepherd Bloodhound puppy will be a small one.
The biggest difference between these two is that the Bloodhound inherits heavier and larger bones than the German Shepherd. The weight difference between these two is 10 to 20 pounds.
German Shepherds usually weigh 50 to 90 pounds, whereas Bloodhounds weigh from 80 to 110 pounds. So, that makes the German Shepherd Bloodhound puppy stand in the middle, weighing around 60 to 90 pounds.
Its weight will depend on which parent it leans more towards, as well as its diet and physical activity ratio.
Both parent dog breeds come in classic black and tan coat colors. Naturally, the German Shepherd Bloodhound puppy inherits such colors.
However, if you mix a black German Shepherd with a black and tan Bloodhound, their puppy may be completely black in color.
Usually, German Shepherds come with a long, dense coat. There are also short-haired German Shepherd dogs. On the other hand, Bloodhounds inherit only double-layered short coats. There is no guarantee that the German Shepherd Bloodhound puppy will inherit a long or a short coat. It depends on dominant genes. Usually, short coats are controlled by dominant genes.
Dark colored noses and deep brown eyes with black coat coloring around them is one of the main characteristics of the German Shepherd Bloodhound mix.
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We know German Shepherds as highly energetic and intelligent dogs that are used for search and rescue tasks. But, what some of us might not know is that Bloodhounds are also used for such missions.
With a keen sense of smell, the Bloodhound can sniff its way easily to the target. You see, both parent dog breeds show incredible characteristics that make them the perfect service dogs. Both German Shepherds and Bloodhounds are often used in police, military and law enforcement.
So it’s only natural for a German Shepherd Bloodhound mix breed to show outstanding performance. This pooch is intelligent, eager to learn, highly trainable, and extremely loving!
3. Beagle Bloodhound
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Combining two amazing scent hounds can only offer the best results. Someone certainly had a great idea when he or she thought of mixing a purebred Beagle with a purebred Bloodhound. I present to you the Beagle Bloodhound mix!
They are also both hunting dogs that make great adventure buddies.
When we compare these parent breeds, we can see that they are pretty different — in terms of size.
The Beagle is a medium-sized dog that reaches 15 inches of maximum height. On the other hand, the Bloodhound stands a whopping 26 inches tall. The size difference is clear, right? This is why female Bloodhounds are usually the ones carrying the puppies.
Naturally, the size of a Beagle Bloodhound puppy will depend on its parent’s genetics. Since the mother is usually a Bloodhound, a mixed breed puppy will probably be a bit taller or heavier than an average purebred Beagle pup.
Let’s start with their floppy ears. Both parent breeds have long, floppy ears that fall downwards. Normally, the Beagle Bloodhound puppies inherit the same ears as their parents.
However, the Bloodhound parent is known for its face wrinkles and body folds. The Beagle parent does not have much excess skin. That said, their puppy may be born with less wrinkles.
Next up is the coat color a Beagle Bloodhound inherits. Both parent breeds have similar coat colors. The Beagle, on the other hand, usually comes with white chest and tummy. Its coat length is medium, but the Bloodhound’s coat is short.
Beagle Bloodhound puppies are born in different coat colors and patterns. Some are tri-colored, while some inherit a mixture of black, tan, white, and brown coat colors.
These two parent breeds are incredibly active dogs. In fact, Beagles are so active and energetic, that most dog owners have troubles with training and socialization. Nevertheless, both the Beagle and the Bloodhound are extremely smart and loyal dogs, passing these characteristics to their offspring.
It’s no surprise that what you get from a Beagle Bloodhound mixed breed dog is a top-quality scent hound! Alongside its remarkable sense of smell, you’re in it for many adventures together.
This mixed breed loves to explore forests and meadows. The Beagle Bloodhound mix is great for active people that have lots of time to dedicate to this wonderful dog.
It’s important to go through an early socialization process, as well as obedience training. A Beagle Bloodhound pup might wander off if it smells something interesting. This is why you must train your little hunter!
4. Catahoula Bloodhound
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Known as Bloodahouli, the Catahoula Bloodhound mix is one of a kind cross breed. It is said that the Catahoula dog breed originated from crossing different types of Greyhounds, Bloodhounds, and Mastiffs. Taking that into consideration, a Catahoula Bloodhound mix is destined to inherit outstanding appearance and personality traits.
Catahoulas are medium to large dogs. They may weigh between 50 to 95 pounds and stand up to 24 inches in height. Crossing a Catahoula with a Bloodhound will result in a larger offspring.
Usually, a Catahoula Bloodhound dog reaches up to 100 pounds and stands between 22 and 26 inches tall.
Bloodahouli’s appearance steals the spotlight! This wonderful hybrid dog inherits an interesting combination of both parents’ physical characteristics.
Catahoula dogs are known for their mesmerizing blue eyes and marble coat colors. Catahoula’s coat colors are either solid or patterned.
However, Bloodhounds usually come in three coat color variants. A Bloodahouli puppy may inherit many different coat colors.
What future Bloodahouli owners may find important is that this wonderful hybrid sheds twice a year. Unlike other Bloodhound mixes, the Bloodahouli is a low to moderate shedder.
On one hand, Bloodhounds are gentle and calm dogs. On the other hand, Catahoulas are hunting dogs with high energy levels. Even though both dog breeds are outgoing and friendly, Catahoulas may be wary of strangers.
It seems as if the different worlds have combined. But, their differences make the Bloodahouli an even-tempered, intelligent, and loyal guard dog.
A keen sense of smell that inherits from the Bloodhound parent, along with incredible hunting skills from Catahoula, the Bloodahouli hybrid is a rather unique pup.
Depending on which dog parent side it leans more towards, a Bloodahouli can either be an energetic watchdog, or an energetic people-pleaser. Whatever the combination may be, you will always have an affectionate and loving furry friend by your side.
5. Bulldog Bloodhound
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A rather unusual Bloodhound mix — the Bulldog Bloodhound hybrid dog is a unique blend of wrinkles and body folds. The Bulldog parent is a brachycephalic (short-nosed) dog breed, while the Bloodhound is a dolichocephalic (long-nosed) dog breed.
Combining the two results in a healthy cross breed that inherits less breathing issues.
Bulldogs are small, but heavy dogs. Bloodhounds are large and heavy. So, a Bulldog Bloodhound mix puppy is more likely to be of medium size.
A Bulldog Bloodhound’s weight ranges between 50 and 80 pounds and it can stand between 15 inches and 22 inches in height.
Bulldog Bloodhound is a rather down-to-earth kind of dog, literally. This designer dog may inherit short legs from its Bulldog parent, but most of the time it leans towards the Bloodhound parent side.
Its coat is short, usually double-layered and it can shed quite a lot. I find its droopy face the best physical feature. Its face is wrinkly all over!
Since both Bulldogs and Bloodhounds have a droopy lower jaw, the Bulldog Bloodhound mix puppy may drool a lot.
Kind and even temperament is what best describes this wonderful hybrid dog breed. The Bulldog Bloodhound mix is a calm puppy that loves to relax and take it easy.
Not only does it enjoy laying next to its owners, but this loveable pooch is down to some fun in the Sun!
Even though they can get quite lazy, Bulldog Bloodhounds require daily exercise to keep their bodies in shape!
6. Basset Hound Bloodhound
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Hound dog plus hound dog equals extraordinary hound dog — meet the Basset Bloodhound. A rather unusual cross breed between our favorite low-rider — the Basset Hound and our loveable Bloodhound.
Due to the fact that the Basset Hound is a medium, but short dog, the offspring may inherit those short legs. However, long legs are often carried by dominant genes so there is a possibility of this hybrid being medium to large in size.
Considering that the Basset Hound can grow up to 15 inches in height and weigh up to 80 pounds, the Basset Bloodhound may weigh between 50 and 95 pounds, and stand from 11 to 24 inches tall.
The Basset Bloodhound is a cutie with floppy ears and a droopy face. Well, it got it from both parent breeds!
Its body is quite sturdy and well built, with quite a lot of muscle mass. However, expect to find a few wrinkles here and there!
The Basset Bloodhound inherits a short double coat that comes in a variety of colors — from brown, red, black with white patches, to black and tan.
Combining these two purebred dogs is a good idea as they are a very good match in terms of temperament. Since both dogs are calm and sweet-natured, their puppies are most likely to inherit the same characteristics.
The Basset Bloodhound is a great friend and an even greater family member. Another great thing about this mix is that it is very trainable and it will get along with children very well.
7. Golden Retriever Bloodhound
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There are many Golden Retriever mixes out there, and the Bloodhound is one dog more that has been crossbred with a Golden Retriever. Similar to the Lab Bloodhound mix, the Golden Retriever Bloodhound hybrid dog is an outgoing pooch!
Since both parent dog breeds are large, the Golden Retriever Bloodhound puppy will also inherit genes that regulate large size.
A Golden Bloodhound normally weighs 60 to 86 pounds and stands from 21 to 24 inches tall.
An interesting cross breed that may inherit a medium coat or a short one, depending on the purebred parent dog.
The Golden Bloodhound puppy is a beautiful cross breed. I noticed that this dog usually inherits facial features of a Bloodhound and body figure with the golden coat color of the Goldie parent.
However, this can be a mix-and-match situation as the Golden Bloodhound may inherit a black snout and a brown coat color. This is a very large dog, so keep that in mind!
The Golden Bloodhound is an affectionate pooch that will most likely want to spend each minute by your side. You will never be bored as long as this Golden hound is next to you!
As much as it will love to socialize with people, the Golden Bloodhound will also like to go out and sniff its way towards small prey.
8. Coonhound Bloodhound
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Last, but not least, is the wonderful Coonhound Bloodhound mix. Breeders have put together two hound dogs which proved to be one of the best dog crosses.
It is believed that both of these hound dogs originate from the St. Hubert hounds. So, it is no wonder that this doggie match is made in heaven!
The thing about Coonhounds is that they can be either medium or large dogs. Therefore, a Coonhound Bloodhound hybrid dog can grow up to 25 inches in height.
Males usually weigh more than females and their average adult weight is around 90 pounds.
However, if the mixed puppy takes more over the Coonhound parent side, it may weigh from 50 to 70 pounds.
Considering the purpose they have been bred for, both dog parents have similar physical characteristics — floppy ears, long snout, and a long, thin tail. Unlike the Bloodhound parent, Coonhound has a less wrinkly face.
This puppy comes in blue tick, tri-color, black and tan, or red coat colors.
Hound dogs are popular family pets. They are extremely loving and known for getting along well with children. Normally, the Coonhound Bloodhound mix puppy shows devotion and loyalty towards all family members.
Keep in mind that this unique cross breed is developed by crossing two hunting and scent dogs. So, expect the Coonhound Bloodhound dog to sniff around more often than your usual dog.
Why Are Bloodhound Mixes So Rare?
As lifestyles of people changed during the past few years, so did the popularity of purebred Bloodhounds. Dog breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds have been keeping their places on the highest ranks in the U.S.
Bloodhounds continue to be popular with law enforcement, police, and the military. They are also one of the most favorite dog breeds of those who are into hunting and outdoor adventures.
Considering all of the above, Bloodhound mixes are even more rare than purebred Bloodhounds. Unfortunately, these mixed puppies are often found in shelters and adoption centers. They are usually the result of accidental dog breeding.
Most breeders do not intentionally develop Bloodhound mixed breeds. Therefore, there aren’t many kennels or breeding programs that produce Bloodhound mixes.
Purebred Bloodhounds may be rare because of their health issues and unique personalities. Most dog owners choose “fancy” looking dogs over hunting dogs.
But, many would be surprised to know that a Bloodhound dog makes the perfect family pet.
Bloodhound Mixed Breeds Health Problems
Purebred Bloodhounds are prone to a few health issues. Although they are relatively healthy dogs, Bloodhounds may suffer from eye problems (due to their droopy faces), ear infections (due to their floppy ears), bloat, hip and elbow dysplasias (due to their size).
Fortunately, Bloodhound mixes are somewhat healthier than purebred Bloodhounds. Their genetic pool is more diverse, making mixed puppies immune to certain congenital diseases.
The whole breeding program is pointed towards the improvement of the dog’s overall health. Crossing healthy purebred dogs with known backgrounds increases the chance of producing healthier mix puppies. And, healthy mix puppies are known for having long lifespans.
Bloat in dogs is one of the most common acute health problems that usually develops in large dog breeds. Considering that a Bloodhound is a large breed, there is a chance of its mixed breed offspring inheriting this health issue.
However, bloat doesn’t always have to be a genetic predisposition. Most dogs that eat fast and consume a lot of air after which they do physical activity may develop acute bloat.
Mixing a purebred Bloodhound with another dog breed that isn’t as prone to bloat as the Bloodhound is, lowers the risk of this health problem from happening.
If a Bloodhound mix puppy inherits floppy ears like its Bloodhound parent, chances are it will have problems with ear infections. Naturally, floppy ears are long and fall downwards.
This kind of ear posture closes the ear canal, creating a warm and moist environment without proper airflow. Such microclimate is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, parasites, and fungi.
Ear infections in dogs tend to hurt a lot if not treated in time. Dogs with these infections often try to scratch their ear or shake their head on one side (or both sides, if both ears are infected). Their infected ears are usually red from within and warm to touch.
Daily ear cleaning and regular health visits will prevent ear infections from developing.
Elbow And Hip Dysplasia
Joint dysplasia is an often doggie health problem — especially in large and giant dog breeds. Due to the fact that a purebred Bloodhound is a large dog, there is a high possibility of it inheriting this health concern.
Elbow and hip dysplasia occur during the puppy’s development. To simply put it, their elbow or hip joint start to wear out as the cartilage becomes thinner and eventually disappears. This causes extreme pain because two bones are basically rubbing against each other, without proper cartilage tissue to keep them moving normally.
When Bloodhounds are mixed with large dogs, their puppies grow very fast. Fast growth with inadequate maintenance increases the risk of elbow and hip dysplasia.
This is usually a developmental issue, so dog owners should take extra care of their puppies during the growth period.
Sometimes, getting a mixed breed dog is a better idea than purchasing a purebred dog. In the end, it comes down to personal preference.
The fact that most mixed dog breeds are usually healthier than pure breeds gets most dog lovers thinking about adopting a hybrid dog.
If you decide to get any of these Bloodhound mixes, you will definitely be making a good decision. Not only are these Bloodhound mixes extremely loving and affectionate, but they also make wonderful family dogs.
Relatively easy to train, intelligent, outgoing, and fun-loving — that’s what a Bloodhound mix puppy is!