Bluegrass Bloodhounds is a 30 acre family owned and operated training and breeding facility, located on the banks of Rough River in Central Kentucky. Bluegrass Bloodhounds is ultimately the result of a missing person's case. In 2001, an elderly lady, Ms. Rhea (Edna) Miller, disappearance and resulting death from a lack of resources, changed my life forever.
She wasn't my mom, aunt, family or friend, but she could have been!
It is in Ms. Rhea Miller's memory, and that no one else has to experience the trauma of dying needlessly alone, near their home that we dedicate our service to strive in
bringing the Legend back to the Bluegrass.
No one in Kentucky should have been told that tracking/trailing dogs weren't available to save their loved one. So, my family and I have taken it upon ourselves to provide that service (as a K9 Search Unit, Facility, and Bloodhound Breeder) to the Bluegrass. Bluegrass Bloodhounds' basis for operation is to help find the missing, so we have geared our breeding program to provide exceptional Bloodhounds to exceed the tracking standard.
When we decided to provide the service to our community, I searched pedigrees and breeders for over a year before deciding on a light red male with lines from St. Huberts, Rectory, and Brighton as well as the tracking lines of Legacy , Rib Mountain and Frontier. This male, Tracker, is truly an exceptional Bloodhound. He tracks on and off lead, trained in HRD, Agility, Obedience and is very protective. Owning and handling this amazing canine has given me the peace of mind that I never expected. I know that if someone were to break into my home and assault or kidnap my family member, he could find them! I have no doubt that he would NOT stop until he did! We have used him track down 2 burglary suspects, which broke into our vacation home then robbed and vandalized our property and had been doing this for YEARS! We scented him from the point of entry, a window screen, then we tracked them to a residence where he indicated on two individuals. Since then, we have not had any issues! Its funny when people learn of their capabilities, how many houses around the area are robbed, but not the home with the bloodhound! I know that is the case with several different handlers I've met, including myself! I have often heard Bloodhounds referred to as "dumb or stupid animals", this is the furthest thing from the truth! Tracker has done everything I have asked of him, and then some. I have also heard that with Bloodhounds, "People often confuse ignorance with independence." This is what I have found to be the truth! Because they are independent, they must want to work, the drive is the key factor in training an exceptional bloodhound, not the physical attributes. "Because Tracker loves me and wants to please me (and get his TREAT), he's driven to work fiercly! He's a trackin' machine!", K9 Instructor, at INKY SAR Convention, 2011.
Because of his exceptional lines, conformation and tracking abilities, holding a BS in Genetics and being a breeder of AKC pups for over 20 years, I knew I could not let that gene pool get away, so I began the search for the same caliber female. After nearly a year of searching , we found our deep red female, Journey. Some of her pedigree includes the Champions of Coshelav, Swampfever, Mountaineer, Lime Tree and Wrinklebrow as well as the notable lines of Lazy Acres and Morrison. She is living up to her pedigree in her tracking abilities.
Both, Tracker and Journey have impacted many. But, Tracker trailed his last trail not long ago, as now he has passed on leaving an incredible legacy. Journey is now an active Veteran SAR K9, plus certified through AKC and AMPWDA. Tracker, Journey, Secret, and Legend have also assisted Kentucky State Police, as well as other Law Enforcement Agencies in criminal investigations. My guess there are very few Bloodhounds in this state, that are both SAR k9's, plus AKC Tracking Certified!
Tracker is also the only Bloodhound I have been able to find recognized by the Kentucky State Legislature.
Our bloodhounds are scent specific and have been trained in a myriad of environments and weather conditions.
I believe being formally trained in genetics and being an experienced breeder, with 30 acres to train on and 2 boys to exercise, I have the right program to produce exceptional tracking dogs and well socialized pets. All of our pups thus far have aced the Canine Scent and Workability Assessment, which determines drive and fundamental abilities, indicating that all have SAR and Sport potential!
Please contact us with any questions!
*Credit for our line, is not ours, alone. Many excellent breeders, came before us and spent countless hours and dollars to ensure they were producing the best bloodhounds possible. Their efforts ensured (and continue to ensure) the future of the breed, as they, like us, breed for form and function.*
Bluegrass Bloodhounds 2211 Brandenburg Rd. Leitchfield, KY 42754 email: email@example.com(270) 259-3808| FAX (270)259-0300 Mobile (270)617-3029
Tracker began it all here!
Recognized by the Kentucky State Legislature.
Certified in Tracking through American Kennel Club and American Man trailing Police Working Dog Association
Legend is Certified in Tracking with the Kentucky Department of Corrections.
Parents: Tracker x Journey
AKC SAR-W Titled
OFA-HIps (good) - Elbows, Heart, Thyroid, Eyes and DM (normal)
Judge is our Explosive Detection/Tracking K-9 (in training) for the
Leitchfield City Police Department.
Parents: Legend x Storm
Hips: PennHip - 95% (excellent)
Patton is a 4th generation tracking machine and our French import with international show and working lines.
OFA - Cadiac & Thyroid - normal
Prime is our newest addition and comes from Sleepy Hollow & Legacy's titled working and show lines. He is already living up to his pedigree and showing potential in the field.
Phantom comes to us from Hanson's Hounds, another breeder of proven working bloodhounds. Phantom is a dual purpose canine (HRD/Mantrailing) and will be testing for certification the spring of 2020.
Wish him luck!
Journey is the Matriarch of our pack. She an active veteran SAR K9, is AKC SAR-W titled and certified in tracking through the American Kennel Club and American Mantrailing Police Working Dog Association.
Secret (Tracker x Journey) is our lead dual purpose K9 (Tracking and Human Remains Detection). She is certified in tracking through the Kentucky Department of Justice/ Department of Corrections. She is AKC SAR-W Titled.
Spirit (Tracker x Journey) is our Alpha Female and a high drive single purpose trailing K9.
Sailor (Secret x Ben) is a 4th generation single purpose tracking machine on both parents' sides. She is certified through the Kentucky Department of Justice/ Department of Corrections.
Sailor will be leaving us this summer for her new duty station with Special Forces in Latin America!
Wish her luck!
Lily (Secret x Ben) is a 4th generation single purpose tracking machine on both parents' sides. She is Sailor & Maybelle's littermate. She has OFA Excellent Hips, Normal Elbows and
Maybelle (Secret x Ben) is a 4th generation single purpose tracking machine on both parents' sides. She is Lily and Sailor's littermate. She has OFA Fair Hips, Normal Elbows and DM Clear.
Rain comes to us from Hanson's Hounds. She is a single purpose tracker and on the smaller end of the bloodhound standard. She has OFA fair hips, normal elbows and is DM clear/normal by parentage.
We are hoping to breed her with Legend's banked semen this summer! Wish us luck!
Storm comes to us from Sage Mountain Bloodhounds and is a dual purpose (tracking/hrd) K9 and is in training for explosive detection. She is our primary pet/game recovery canine.
She has OFA Good hips and normal elbows.
Promise (Maybelle x Patton) is a 5th generation tracking machine. She is just getting started in puppy trails and shows a lot of potential! Once she's proficient in trailing, she'll start hrd like her maternal grandma, Secret.
Jewell (Storm x Legend) is a dual purpose K9 (Explosive Detection/ Tracking) in training for the City of Leitchfield Police Department. She will be leaving for her duty station once her training is complete.
We are happy to assist our new handlers in all aspects of being newly owned by your bloodhound puppy, including obedience, potty training, agility, detection, tracking and more.
We are expecting a litter from this handsome fella pictured above, Judge. He is mid 95% on PennHIP and DM Clear.
Lily, the dam, is OFA Excellent Hips/Normal Elbows and DM Clear.