Bluetick Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhound
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: England
Group: Scenthound
Height: males 22-27 in., females 21-25 in.
Weight: males 55-80 lbs., females 45-65 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes, but high prey drive & will chase cats & other small animals

What is the origin of the Bluetick Coonhound?

An American dog originating in Tennessee, Coonhounds are probably descended from English Foxhounds and French hounds. Blueticks are known as “cold-nosed’ trackers as they sniff out trails that are older and colder. General Lafayette presented George Washington with 5 of the French hounds.

What does the Bluetick Coonhound look like?

Females are 21-25 inches tall and weigh45-65 lbs. Males are 22-27 inches tall and weigh 55-80 lbs. The broad head has a long muzzle ending in a large, black nose. Ears are long, pendant and set low. Eyes are large, wide-set and round, dark brown in color. The tail is moderately long and tapering. The single-layer coat is thick, medium coarse and smooth. Colors are blue with dark blue to black mottling. Sometimes there are tan spots over the eyes and cheeks and/or red ticking on the lower legs and chest. Head and ears are mainly black. The coat requires brushing every other week. Ears need weekly checking.

What is the temperament of the Bluetick Coonhound?

Blueticks are highly intelligent dogs known to solve problems on their own. They are eager to please and learn quickly, but should have early obedience training. They are naturally social dogs and are good with children although should have supervision with young ones. Since they are hunting dogs, Blueticks may view small animals as prey. Early socialization with other pets may help avoid problems. Blueticks are very vocal and have loud howling voices. Unless you’re out hunting with your Blueticks, it’s best to walk them on a leash as if they sniff out prey, they will take off. Blueticks are very energetic and require lots of vigorous exercise. They don’t adapt well to apartment living.

What is the Bluetick Coonhound used for?

Blueticks excel at tracking and hunting. They are very loyal and affectionate companions.

Possible Health Issues

Hip dysplasia, ear infections, lysosomal storage disease (an enzyme deficiency that prevents certain metabolic processes).

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