Do Bloodhounds Get Along With Cats?


The Bloodhound is quite the famous breed of dog because it is generally quite friendly towards humans and comes with a uniquely cute wrinkly face. As great as the Bloodhound is when it comes to people, you might wonder if it will do just as great with cats. After all, plenty of households nowadays have cats or other types of pets together with their dogs. So, do Bloodhounds get along with cats?

Generally, Bloodhounds get along well with cats because they like the company of other animals. So, if your Bloodhound doesn’t have any other dog to befriend in your household, it will feel comfortable with a cat when it doesn’t have any other choice. However, the same cannot be said when it comes to your cat.

Popular culture and literature often pit dogs and cats as mortal enemies. Generally speaking, dogs and cats don’t really get along all the time due to their nature. However, some dog breeds can get along well enough with a cat, and the Bloodhound is one of those breeds. 

Bloodhounds and cats

When it comes to how the media and literature portray the relationship between dogs and cats, we all know that they don’t generally get along with one another. And there is a good reason why their relationship has been portrayed because dogs and cats naturally do not get along in a general sense.

However, as we said, the notion that dogs and cats do not get along well is merely a general rule that doesn’t always hold in all cases and situations. That means that there will be instances wherein dogs and cats can be friendly towards one another or, at the very least, become tolerant of each other’s presence. 

Of course, while cats are generally the same in terms of how they act towards other animals, there will be dog breeds that may like or tolerate the presence of a cat in a particular household. These are the dog breeds that are the best when it comes to a family that wants to keep a dog and a cat together at the same time.

So, in that regard, is the Bloodhound one of those dog breeds? After all, the Bloodhound, despite its name and size, is pretty gentle towards people regardless of whether they may be adults or children. They also do pretty well with other dogs. But what about cats?

One of the things you need to know about the Bloodhound breed is that it is pretty docile in handling people and other dogs, in general. They are not aggressive because they have been used to living with humans as working dogs for a very long time already. And, despite their size, Bloodhounds aren’t the most physically imposing dogs.

In fact, like how literature would like to portray them, Bloodhounds can be pretty lazy at times and would rather stay put in one place when they are not prompted to play or do anything. This means that they are generally very gentle dogs.

Bloodhounds are generally very docile and friendly towards humans because they have been historically bred to become hunting companions that are great at sniffing trail and going after what they sniff. However, they are not the best hunters, so to speak; they were built to be endurance dogs that can chase after prey but not hunt them down themselves. As such, they usually left the hunting to their human companions but are historically excellent at locating their target.

That said, Bloodhounds are pack dogs that love being with other dogs and humans, who they also see as members of their pack. This can be traced back to their lineage as hunting companions hunted together with their human counterparts and other dogs. As such, they generally do well around other dogs as well because of their nature as pack hunters.

However, if you don’t have other dogs in the house and if you have a cat in the family, there is a chance that your Bloodhound will end up considering the cat as a part of its pack. Bloodhounds like to be in groups, and they will feel a bit less like themselves if they are not together with other dogs or don’t have people to be around with. As such, if it has gotten used to your family cat, it will end up treating it similarly with other dogs and will most likely end up getting along fine with the cat.

Bloodhounds, unlike their other hound cousins, are not sight hunters and are more scent hunters. You don’t have to worry about your Bloodhound suddenly chasing after your cat, even if they make sudden movements, because when looking for prey, they use their sense of smell.

However, because Bloodhounds can get pretty friendly with cats when they have gotten used to these feline creatures, your cat might not like getting slobbered all over by your Bloodhound.  Cats are generally solitary animals that prefer to be left alone, and no one likes being slobbered over by a Bloodhound, which tends to drool.

How to help your cat get along with a Bloodhound

Now that you know that Bloodhounds are generally okay and friendly with cats, the problem now shifts over to your cat. The family feline could end up being the one who doesn’t appreciate having a Bloodhound around, considering that this dog breed can quickly get friendly with it and may even drool all over it.

The good news is that Bloodhounds are not playful and will not try to chase your cat. But that doesn’t mean that your Bloodhound won’t try to give your cat some attention from time to time. And because cats are naturally startled when dogs try to interact with them, it is crucial to make sure that your cat will feel safe around your Bloodhound.

One way of doing so is to provide your cat a safe space where it can escape when it doesn’t feel like interacting with your Bloodhound. If they are together in a room, make sure that the cat has a place where it can escape, such as a shelf that the Bloodhound can’t reach or maybe a small space under the couch. It can even be a wide enough exit that the cat can use if it doesn’t want to be around the dog in the same room.

By providing a safe spot for your cat, you essentially eliminate the chances of conflict between it and your Bloodhound. No matter how friendly your dog may be towards it, there is a chance that the cat won’t appreciate the attention the Bloodhound is giving it. 

As long as your cat knows that it can feel safe even when the dog is around, it will end up getting used to its presence since it can always retreat to a safe spot whenever it feels unsafe. Pretty soon, your cat will end up getting used to living in the same space as your Bloodhound, the point that it will tolerate the presence of this huge dog.

How to help your Bloodhound become well-adjusted to a cat

While Bloodhounds generally do well around cats, there may be moments where it can get too excited when the cat is around and will try to interact with it out of curiosity. This can be a rarity considering that Bloodhounds aren’t the most playful dogs. But it can still happen, and a dog that gets too excited will end up scaring a cat.

In that case, when the Bloodhound and the cat aren’t used to each other yet, the best way for you to introduce your dog to the feline is by trying to calm it down first before you allow the cat to enter the room. Calming your Bloodhound, no matter how stubborn it might be, will enable the cat to feel safe and will make your dog understand what kind of behavior it has to maintain whenever the cat is around.

From there, you can bring the cat to the room by carrying it and allowing your Bloodhound to sniff it while you are holding it. This way, the dog will understand that the cat is a friend because the feline is close to you.

After that, you can allow the two to sit close to one another while holding the cat. This will enable your Bloodhound to get used to having the cat around. Meanwhile, the cat can feel safe because you are holding it. And don’t forget about leaving a safe space if your cat needs to retreat.

However, it probably isn’t the best idea to have the two together in the same room alone and without your supervision because of how your Bloodhound might end up getting too excited, which your cat won’t appreciate. Meanwhile, your cat might not feel safe when you aren’t around to carry it or to keep the Bloodhound away from it. That’s why you should always be together with your Bloodhound and your cat when you are still trying to help them get along or become tolerant of each other’s presence.

Raise your Bloodhound with other animals

Like many other dog breeds, your Bloodhound will react to cats better if it was socialized and raised together with other animals at an early age. This will allow it to develop a pack mentality together with the other animals and not just with its fellow dogs. 

Rabbits and hamsters may be a good idea because Bloodhounds aren’t sighted hunters and will generally do well with these animals. However, if you live on a farm, having your Bloodhound bond together with the other farm animals can be a good idea as well.

If you live in a city or the suburbs and don’t have other animals with you aside from your dog, you can allow it to bond together with other pets from time to time by taking it to the nearest park where it can interact with its fellow animals. 

It would be great if you can find someone with a smaller dog so that your Bloodhound will get used to having another smaller animal with it. As such, when you introduce a cat to it, it will treat it in a similar way to how it treated the smaller dog.

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