Bluetick Coonhound

BluetickCoonhoundBluetick Coonhound History:

Bluetick Coonhound, which originated in Louisiana, was recognized as a breed last 1946 by the United Kennel Club, which developed from its ancestors (Bleu de Gascogne hound of Southwest France, English Foxhound, curr dog, American Foxhound, Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound). It was accepted as a breed by the American Kennel Club in April 2009.

Appearance:

Bluetick Coonhound’s coat is medium. The color is mottled blue. They have tan dots over the eyes and the sides of their muzzle are also tan. Their feet are cat-like, rounded with well-arched toes. Their paws are larger than nearly all other breeds of dogs. Rear legs should have a moderate bend at the hocks. All legs should be straight from the dog’s body to the ground when viewed from the front or rear.

They are not chunky or clumsily built, their body style is muscular and speedy. The height is about 21-27 in. while the weight is about 45-80 lbs.

Temperament:

Bluetick Coonhounds are friendly, active and intelligent. They are excellent around children and mindful of their owners. They are often mistaken as aggressive but they will greet strangers with its signature howl and will sniff them until satisfied. As they are athletic and hardy, they require activities such as obedience, hunting or agility for them to stay happy. They are also challenging to train and should be monitored around cats and other animals. Foods and garbages should never be left out unattended because they are driven by their strong sense of smell. They are bred to be working/hunting dogs.

Health:

Bluetick Coonhound’s lifespan is 11-12 years. They are prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts, and Krabbes disease. They are not recommended for apartment life. They need a secure large yard. They also need a daily vigorous exercise like long, brisk walk. An occasional brushing will do. In order to keep the ears clean and infection-free, regular attention is a must.