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Bluetick Coonhound

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Bluetick Coonhound

The strong and sturdy Bluetick Coonhound is often referred to as Blue Gascons or French Staghounds. The skull is domed and broad between the ears. The muzzle is square and the teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The eyes are nearly completely round and are dark brown. The neck is muscular with a minimum dewlap. The chest is large and very deep. The topline is greater at the withers than at the hips. The front legs are straight and the hindquarters have well-muscled thighs. The tail is attached slightly below the back line and is carried high in a sabre-like curve. The unique coat of this breed is coarse and short. Coat colors are dark blue or mottled, with various shaped black spots on the back, ears and side. More blue than black is preferred. There are usually tan dots over the eyes and on the cheeks with dark red ticking on the feet, lower legs, chest and below the tail.

Temperament The Bluetick Coonhound is intelligent, devoted to its family and makes a good companion dog. They are fine guardians to the family and home. They do best with older more considerate children. They can be dog aggressive and reserved with strangers. Early socialization is important. This breed is extremely alert and is able to work over difficult terrain in bad weather. Do not let this breed off their lead as they may take off after an interesting scent. The Bluetick has a strong instinct to tree animals. They may drool or slobber.
Height, Weight Male Height: 24-30" ; Weight: 55-100 lbs.
Female Height: 23-28" ; Weight: 45-85 lbs.
Health Problems There are no known breed specific health problems.
Living Conditions The Bluetick Coonhound is not a good choice for apartment living. They are relatively inactive and do best with a large yard. Only let them off their lead in a safe and enclosed space.
Exercise This breed requires a great deal of daily exercise which includes a long and brisk walk.
Life Expectancy About 11-12 years
Grooming This breed has a short, thick coat that is easy to groom. Brush occasionally with a rubber brush and bathe when necessary. Check the ear to make sure they are clean and infection-free.
Origin This breed was created using Foxhounds, Curs, French Hounds and English Coonhounds. At one time, the breed was registered as English Hound. Breeders of these blueticked dogs wanted to keep their old style of hunting. They feared a trend to make the majority of hounds registered as English faster and more hot-nosed. To maintain the old-fashioned type, they officially broke away in 1945 and established the breed known as the Bluetick Coonhound. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Hound, UKC Scenthound