Thinking about purchasing a Bluetick Coonhound? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Bluetick Coonhound breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Bluetick Coonhound owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Bluetick Coonhound and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Bluetick Coonhound Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Bluetick Coonhound and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Bluetick Coonhound Breed Profile
The Bluetick Coonhound makes for a friendly, active, treeing dog. These Coonhounds have been used for years to trail an animal, such as a raccoon, follow the trail and find the animal, finally "treeing" its quarry. The animal would hide up in the tree until the hunter got there to shoot it. Bluetick Coonhounds are good at what they do, and remain with a strong instinct to trail and "tree". They come from the Blue Gascons, foxhounds, and French Staghounds, giving them similar attributes. They are medium sized dogs that are actually white underneath a forest of blue ticks. Their paws, muzzle and spots on the eyebrows are usually a tan color. They have a strong nose and good eyesight at night. They have drop ears much like a Bloodhound, as well as the muscled limbs and body. They are friendly animals, good with children and other pets, as long as it is not a raccoon. They may have an instinct to chase small animals if they catch their scent. Bluetick Coonhounds are agile, loving and easygoing. They get along with most everyone, and are quick to warm up to strangers. They are intense workers in the field and enjoy doing a job, especially if its tracking. They can be stubborn, though, and should be trained from an early age to respond to their owners. They can be difficult to train. They are calm at home and excited to be on a trail. An owner with an active family who live in a suburban or rural area with a fenced yard would be best for this breed.
Other Names: Bleu de Gascone
20 - 25 inches; Males: 22 - 27 inches.
Coonhounds are, well, blue-ticked. They are tricolor, and are actually white
underneath heavy blue ticking. They have fawn markings on the head and feet,
much like their cousin, the Black and Tan Coonhound.
are easygoing and friendly with nearly everyone. They may be wary at first towards
strangers, but they warm up quickly. They are obedient and have great endurance.
Sometimes they can be stubborn when they are on a scent. They are outgoing,
hard working, and remain calm when they are at home. They get along well with
children and other dogs, however, they are treeing dogs and will chase small
animals such as raccoons and possibly cats. They can be difficult to train,
but once they are, they respect their owners. They can drool quite a lot, they
are very intelligent, and are very good at problem solving. They should not
be kept in a small area, as they can become destructive if not given enough
space. They tend to bark, howl, and even welcome people by a howl often mistaken
Watch-dog: Medium. Their
keen sense of sight at night, as well as their barreling howl, are essential
for being a good watchdog.
Bluetick Coonhound Care
and Training: Blueticks should be trained early on so
that they respect their master later on. They can be quite stubborn, so they
will need training. Once the Bluetick Coonhound learns, they will acknowledge
their master's commands. Coat should be brushed, but care is minimal. Ears should
be cleaned often. Bathe as necessary. Bluetick Coonhounds require daily exercise,
in which a raccoon hunt would suffice. If this is impossible, runs or walks
Activity: Medium. Inside
they can be calm, outside they can be active. They are known to be prominent
Bluetick Coonhound Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia, bloat. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Bluetick Coonhounds can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
Foundation Stock Service: This is a list some breeds
are put on because they do not yet qualify for the AKC.
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