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Bluetick Coonhound : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Bluetick Coonhound Ratings: Ease of Training: 4 /10 Intelligence: 2 /10 Shedding: 5 /10 Watchdog: 6 /10 Guard Dog: 3 /10 Popularity: 2 /10 Size: 6 /10 Agility: 5 /10 Good with Kids: 10 /10 Bluetick Coonhound Attributes: Life Expectancy: 11-12 years Litter Size: 6-8 puppies Group: Hounds Recognized By: ... Bluetick Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhound Ratings:

Ease of Training: 4/10
Intelligence: 2/10
Shedding: 5/10
Watchdog: 6/10
Guard Dog: 3/10
Popularity: 2/10
Size: 6/10
Agility: 5/10
Good with Kids: 10/10

Bluetick Coonhound Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 11-12 years
Litter Size: 6-8 puppies
Group: Hounds
Color: tri-colored, heavily black speckled on white which gives the coat a blueish tint
Hair Length: Short
Size: Medium
Shedding: Lite Shed
Male Height: 22-27 inches (56-68.5 cm)
Male Weight: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg)
Female Height: 21-25 inches (53-63.5 cm)
Female Weight: 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg)
Living Area:
The Bluetick is not recommended for apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. Do not let this breed run free off of its lead, unless in a safe, secure area. Coonhounds have a tendency to follow their noses, and if they catch wind of a scent, they may wander off for hours following it.

Complete information about Bluetick Coonhound Breed:

Overview :

The Bluetick Coonhound has a broad head with a domed skull. The muzzle is square in profile, long, broad and deep, with a predominant stop. The round eyes are dark brown, large and wide set. The ears are thin and are set low. The legs are straight from the elbows to the feet. The tail is carried high tapering to a point. The hind legs are long and muscular. Dewclaws are generally removed. The feet are compact with well arched toes. The smooth, glossy coat is short and dense and feels a bit coarse to the touch. The coat color is dark blue, with a thickly mottled body, spotted by various shaped black spots on back, ears and sides, tricolor coat has a uniquely speckled-blue look to it. Its heavy ticking is actually composed of black-colored hairs on a white background, creating a bluing effect. The head and ears are predominantly black. The dog can come with or without tan markings, when they do appear they should be over eyes, on cheeks, chest and below tail, and will have and red ticking on feet and lower legs. AKC standard prefers more blue than black on body. There should be more blue ticking than white.

Bluetick Coonhound History :

There is actually no certainty as to where the Bluetick Coonhound originated. Although because of the dog's blue coloring it was believed that the dog descended from the interbreeding of the French Blue Gascon hound and the foxhounds of England that were principally located in the Louisiana area at that time. The Gascon, Porcelaine, Saintongeois and other French hounds were believed to have been brought to America way before the colonial times. The French hounds that were noted to being cold nosed were used to hunt big game. Five of the same French hounds were given to George Washington by General Lafayette. During the early 20th century breeding of these highly intelligent and astoundingly beautifully voiced hounds were continued in this southern part of the United States. Dog traders who frequent the Louisiana bayou and the Ozark Mountains get the credit for developing the breed as they produce a remarkable type of hound that is characterized by its blue ticked color. These hounds that were then referred to as the French Staghounds and Blue Gascons were cross bred with a variety of curs and foxhounds. This became the ancestors of the Bluetick Coonhound. At that time, Bluetick Coonhound together with dogs of different types were registered as English Coonhounds. Several of these blue dogs became famous. The Missouri Valley Echo, the Grant's King Bo and the Bailey's Blue Dollar are only some of the strain that gained prominence and recognition. Selective and careful breeding of English Coonhound, French hound, Curs and Foxhounds resulted to Bluetick Coonhound. Breeders of this dogs feared that a faster and more hot- nosed strain can develop. As they want to preserve their old way of hunting, the broke away and in 1945 a breed known as Bluetick Coonhound was established. The Bluetick Coonhound breed was officially recognized by the United Kennel Club as distinct and separate breed with specific standards. Bluetick Coonhounds are highly intelligent and energetic dogs that were originally used as hunting dogs. Their tenacity at treeing the small furry animals is commendable. Presently, these dogs are loved as house pets. They can be very affectionate and loyal to the human family.

Bluetick Coonhound Temperament and Character :

The Bluetick Coonhound is a very intelligent dog. Very devoted to its family, it makes a good companion dog. It does well living indoors and plays a fine guardian to his family and home. They are usually best with older children, but can also do well with younger ones. Some can be a bit dog-aggressive if the owner is not a strong leader relaying the message to the dog that is unexceptable behavior. Owners need to be this dogs firm, confident and consistent pack leader in order to bring out the best in him. Socialize well, preferably while still young, to avoid them from becoming reserved with strangers. The Bluetick is a passionate hunter and should not be trusted with non-canine pets. This breed is extremely alert, attentive, and able to work over difficult terrain in bad weather. Do not let this breed off the leash in an unsafe area, as they may take off after an interesting scent. They have a strong instinct to tree animals. Raccoons inhabit all states and provinces in the US mainland and Canada, and have for centuries been pursued by hunters. Each year, hundreds of licensed night trials take place. Each trial lasts approximately three hours and involves three to four dogs. Points are given according to the dog's ability to find, trail and tree a raccoon. Points are lost for treeing game other than raccoons. Each dog has a unique "voice" which it's owners usually can recognize. The Bluetick does not have a normal sounding bark, but rather a loud bay cry, that almost sounds like a short howl. Blueticks are curious and have a tendency to follow their own noses. If they pick up a scent they may wander off and not even hear you calling them back, or not care to listen, as they will be too busy trying to find the critter at the other end. Take care when letting them off leash that you are in a safe area. The Bluetick has extremely good eyesight, which allows them to work well at night. The Bluetick Coonhound excels in these trials. They can also be used to track fox or even cougar. The Bluetick has a fearless and warrior-like approach to the hunt. This breed may drool or slobber.

Bluetick Coonhound Health Care :

A Bluetick Coonhound will live up to 12 years as basically this breed does not have a lot of major health issues, but they are prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts, and Krabbes disease.

Bluetick Coonhound Grooming :

The coat of the Bluetick Coonhound is fairly easy to care for. They only require an occasional brushing to keep their coats clean and glossy. Blueticks are not heavy-shedders. Their large, long ears should be cleaned and checked regularly for any signs of infection. They only need to be bathed when dirt or odor become especially noticeable.

Bluetick Coonhound Training :

Training requirement of this breed is moderate , but please note that the Bluetick Coonhound is easily distracted by anything that is sniffable, making most offleash work (like recalls) rather challenging. Finding something that motivates this dog more than their scenting ability can be difficult and varies from dog to dog.

Bluetick Coonhound Activity and Exercise :

Daily vigorous exercise is needed, which includes a long, brisk daily walk. Coonhounds who do not receive enough mental and physical exercise may become high strung and even destructive. This very anxious and energetic dog has been bred for severe physical exercise. Coonhounds are born natural hunters, so they have a tendency to run off and hunt if they are not kept well-fenced while exercising on their own. They have no road sense at all, so they must be kept in a safe environment.

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