The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed typically found in the United States. They are known as tracking and hunting dogs.
It was instigated in Louisiana, was originated from the fusion of the Bleu de Gascogne of southwest France, and the English Foxhound, the Black And Tan Virginia Foxhound and the American Foxhound. Initially, these were registered in the United Kennel Club under the English Foxhound and Coonhound, but were documented by the club as a different breed in 1946. In April 2009 it was acknowledged by the American Kennel Club and in December 2009 they became eligible to fight in AKC coonhound events. The American Blue Gascon is a type of this breed but it is quite larger, heavier, and houndier. American Blue Gascons are often referred to as fuddy-duddy blueticks. This is because of their look and “colder” nose, or slow style of tracking when compared to other modern breeds.
Bluetick Coonhound has muscular and speedy body and is not gauchely built. The head is carried well up and the tail carried over its back, without signs of nervousness. The breed has moderately coarse and glossy coat. The Bluetick Coonhound has a black and white mottling which covers the body and gives the impression of navy blue colour. It can be combined with variously-shaped black spots on the back, sides and ear. This breed has tan dots over the eyes and dark red over the cheeks. All coonhounds approximately weigh between 55 to 80 pounds and height of 1 foot 11 inches to 2 feet. They have larger paws as compared to all other breeds. Rear legs are moderate bend at the hocks and are straight when viewed from the front or rear.
Bluetick Coonhounds are athletic and hardy and need a full-time activity such as hunting, agility or obedience to stay happy. It can be a challenge to train them and they should be supervised around cats or other small animals. Once trained, the breed is very mindful of its owner. They are very intelligent breeds, with an uncanny skill for problem-solving. They lean to be relentlessly loud barkers or howlers. They can make a great family pet and is excellent around children. Their sense to smell can keep them in trouble, therefore food and garbage should never be left out unattended. But this strong sense of smell makes them excellent tracking dogs. Blueticks are usually easier to handle in the field than some other hounds.
Health and Care
This breed is prone to cataracts, hip dysplasia and Krabbes disease. They need daily vigorous exercise including a long, brisk walk. Coonhounds may become high strung and even destructive when they do not receive enough mental and physical exercise. This energetic and anxious dog has been bred for severe physical exercise. They have no road sense at all, so they must be kept in a safe environment.
Living and Lifespan
Bluetick are relatively inactive indoors and one should not let this breed run free off of its lead unless in a protected area. They are not suggested for apartment life. They have a can catch wind of a scent and may wander off for hours following it. These dogs may live about 11 to12 years. They need an occasional brushing in order to keep the ears clean and regular attention is must.