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Dog Breed Profile: Bluetick Coonhound

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History:

The Bluetick Coonhound is an American breed that dates back to colonial times. This hound most likely originated from the crossing of various American hounds with European hounds such as the Grand Bleu de Gascogne (French Staghound)and the English Foxhound.

The Bluetick Coonhound was originally called the English Coonhound, but this name was changed in 1946. The breed has been recognized by other kennel clubs like the United Kennel Club for decades, but the Bluetick Coonhound was not officially accepted into the AKC hound group until 2009.

Size:

Males: 45-80 pounds
Height: 21-27 inches at the shoulder

Color:

Dark blue with thickly mottled body. Black spots on back, ears and sides. May have tan markings.

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to watch for:

About the Breed:

The Bluetick Coonhound is a mild-mannered yet energetic hound dog of medium to large size with a friendly and loyal disposition. Easily recognized for their beautiful and unique pattern and color, these hard working hounds are well-suited to both hunting and companionship.

Bluetick Coonhounds have short, smooth coats with a fairly low rate of shedding. Routine basic grooming is all that is typically necessary to keep Blueticks looking their best. Like all breeds with long floppy ears, it is important to keep the ears clean and dry to prevent infection.

Bluetick are very intelligent dogs, and proper training is an absolute necessity. It will give your dog structure as well as help strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Socialization is equally important. Blueticks tend to get along very well with children and other dogs. However, they have a very high prey drive and are hard-wired to chase raccoons and other small animals. Extra care should be taken to socialize your dog to cats and other small animals. If the two are to share a household, the Bluetick should be raised from puppyhood with the cat.

Bluetick Coonhounds can be wonderful companions and great family dogs when properly trained and socialized. Blueticks are also known for their voices: like most hounds, they bay. Some find the Bluetick's bay rather sweet and song-like, while others can be quite annoyed by it. This breed has loads of energy and can easily become bored, so adequate exercise is essential. Bluetick Coonhounds should be kept on a leash or in a fenced-in area and not permitted to roam free. Once they catch a scent, they will follow it. With a strong desire to hunt, this hound can get pretty far very fast.



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