They are apparently impulse buyers who have not even begun to think about the implications of owning a very large strong dog which drools mightily and tends to consider a new scent far more important and interesting than anything their owners have to say!
Luckily there are no puppies in the country at present. I hope the interest dies down quickly before the puppy farmers can get involved. Though sam tells me that some of them are asking 'oh, no blood hounds - do you do shar peis then?'
I've always felt that some people seem to buy dogs with all the deliberation they put into choosing a new doormat. But a bloodhound! Good grief!