Greetings from David, Marlene and Karissa Groves, or what we call Buffalo Groves Bloodhound Ranch!
We are here to help you learn about Bloodhounds - Bloodhound History, Bloodhound Health, Bloodhound Standards, Bloodhound Puppies, and so much more!
We aren't the biggest Bloodhound Breeder (or Buffalo Ranch) and that's okay, we are quality over quantity, and love educating & advocating for Purebred Bloodhounds!
Marshall... Hunter... Sassy... Sebastian...
We Love You... We Miss You... We Honor You...
Photo Note: Left is Marshall (with Tank). Above from Left to Right are Hunter, Sebastian & Sassy.
We looked for a bloodhound and found Hunter, who was a smart, thinking, problem solving pup/dog. He was an only dog for a time which bonded him to Dave in a way that many don't quite understand, as he went everywhere on the ranch with Dave and at that time, we did not even have a dog fence.
Hunter was a great family dog who entertained and protected the grandkids as they grew up. He would play with them, go on walks with them, and if there was a snake or any threat in the yard, he would bellow his bloodhound alarm.
Hunter was a handsome, good sized bloodhound but did not exactly have the structure in his rear that we thought should be bred. We altered him and loved him and he become the ultimate Bloodhound Ranch Dog, riding in the tractor with Dave and helping with many ranch chores.
Hunter never met a person he did not like or that he did not welcome; he was Mr. Personality. On the flip side, he did not allow animal, bird or even snake intruders, he was very guarding in that way chasing off anything in his ranch kingdom.
Hunter loved to use his nose and to trail and was quite good at it, though he did no formal trailing or tracking, he always found who he was sniffing for. He was smart and could open doors, gates, basically anything and no noise of sound at the ranch bothered him.
Hunter was a beautiful black and tan, not a full coat black, but much more black than most and even as he aged he never really got any white or silver hairs. He passed at 11 years due to an unknown spleen tumor (probably cancer) that ruptured; but that day he ran out to the barn and chased off bunnies, living large every day at the ranch until it was his time.
Hunter will always be our example as the smartest bloodhound ever and one with the absolute best ideal temperament ever... He is probably watching over the ranch still... Hunter is greatly missed!
We wanted an outstanding bloodhound male and were blessed to bring Sebastian to our home and into our lives. Sebastian was an old soul puppy and the most tender and emotional dog (at times darn right emotionally needy). He was a dog who felt it all; beyond sensitive - he was empathic!
Sebastian was a glorious bloodhound with a gorgeous headpiece, fabulous furnishings, totally balanced body, clean & efficient mover and the best ever bloodhound feet. He was about 127 lbs (akc standard says average is 100).
Sebastian was sometimes overlooked in the dog show ring for the big bloodhound males who were 140-150 pounds. Then magic happened when our granddaughter (Karissa) started to show him and judges were starting to learn that bigger is not always better, but rather better is better!
Sebastian was an AKC Grand Champion a multiple group winner, Best in Specialty Show Winner, had several Best Veteran In Show wins, an International Champion, UKC Multiple Best in Show Champion. He also helped Karissa with many Junior Wins!
Sebastian sired our Sassy litter, sooo all those puppy accomplishments are Sebastian's daddy brags too.
Sebastian did extensive Therapy Work at senior homes (he excelled at it). He also did lots of Public Education work for the AKC, dog clubs, schools libraries and was a bit of a local celebrity doing events, making public appearanc es, and doing some modeling for photography.
Sebastian did fun trailing slowly and methodically, until it was someone he loved, then he trailed like a rocket to find them. He was "love motivated", and in many ways so loving he was clingy! He loved the entire family, but Karissa got the top heart spot!
Sebastian's muzzle got gray but he remained in great shape his entire life. We lost him to a pretty bad stroke at age 11, but otherwise he lived a grand life... Sebastian was wonderful blessing!
We think Bloodhounds are Wonderful Family Pets and they Enjoy doing Therapy Work and Public Education, can be Successful Show Dogs and are Amazing Working K9's!