(Bluetick) The Bluetick Coonhound has a short-haired, thick coat that is somewhat harsh to the touch. The unique speckled-blue color of this breed is a distinguishing characteristic. The heavy ticking actually consists of black hairs that are dispersed onto a white background. This combination is what causes the bluing affect. The tail of the Bluetick Coonhound is set just below the level where the black line ends and the ticking begins. The breed’s compact feet feature a set of well-arched toes that are tan in color. The breed’s hind legs are long, agile, and well-muscled. The Bluetick Coonhound is known for its good eyesight that allows him to work efficiently at night.
Blueticks are able to cover lots of ground in a very short time especially if behind a scent. Like all hound breeds they have long ears, many which extend beyond the length of their nose. Blueticks also have very large feet, compared to other hound breeds.
The Bluetick Coonhound is a highly intelligent breed of hunting hound. They are very loyal to their families and make excellent companions. They are fully capable of living indoors, and they enjoy playing guardian to their family and home. While they usually get along best with older children, they can also adjust to younger ones. This breed may be leery of strangers, and they can be aggressive towards other dogs. In order to curb this behavior, it’s important for Bluetick Coonhounds to be socialized properly from a young age. They are extraordinarily alert and observant, and they are able to work in nearly any condition. They shouldn’t be left off of a leash because of their likelihood to chase after interesting scents. They have a strong natural instinct to tree animals. Most Bluetick Coonhounds drool and slobber.
Bluetick Coonhounds are great on farms if raised properly they will grow to love horses and other farm animals. Like other hound breeds, Blueticks love to track. Just let them off a leash and you will see there amazing tracking ability. Blue's are known to be "cold nosed." That is they can pick up an old track easier than other breeds. Due to this advantage, Blueticks are sometimes more opt to be loud on the trail and quieter on the tree. Treeing ability has been bred more into the breed in recent years. Blueticks have a loud long "open mouth bawl," usually, when on the track. The hotter the trail, the louder their voice can be and may be heard up to a mile. Once the game has been treed, the dogs will usually switch to a more choppy voice.
There are no reported health issues or concerns for this breed. Bluetick Coonhounds typically live for 11 to 12 years. Their ears should be checked regularly for infections.
The Bluetick Coonhound was developed through the crossing of Foxhounds, Curs, French Hounds, and English Coonhounds. This selective breeding took place in Louisiana. The breed was officially recognized by the UKC as and “English Fox & Coonhound”, a group that includes and considers the Bluetick Coonhound, the Treeing Walker, and English Coonhounds as the same breed. Since that time, these breeds have been separated into their own breeds.
As stated above, the Black and Tan, English, Bluetick, and Walker all originated from the "Virginia Hounds." These hounds were used most extensively for Fox Hunting, and run in large packs. Due to the running nature of these dogs, they would "air scent" a track just above ground level. This type can find fresh trails, but could not track an old trail. Influence from the Bloodhound, and Grande Bleu Gasgone gave the blue tick a colder nose and its coat color. These "cold nosed" hounds were better able to track game over long distance. Other cold nosed hounds were found to be very slow on the trail. Curs helped to speed the dogs without compromising scenting abilities. Blueticks became popular for their appealing color, cold nose and ability to track game more quickly. Blueticks also started being bred for their "Treeing" instinct. Hounds would follow a game trail, and if it went up a tree the hound would change his voice. This allowed the hunter to know both where his dog was and if he had either bayed of treed the game.English, Bluetick, and Walker were all considered English Coonhounds by the UKC until 1946. Bluetick breeders were granted a separate registration for their breed.
The Bluetick Coonhound has a short-haired, dense coat this is easy to groom and maintain. An occasional brushing is a sufficient method of upkeep. Ears of this breed should be checked regularly for infection and cleaned on a frequent basis.
The Bluetick Coonhound isn’t accustomed to life in a small household or apartment. They need rigorous daily exercise. They are a relatively inactive breed indoors, and they are happiest with at least a large yard. Bluetick Coonhounds shouldn’t be allowed to roam free in non-secure or unsafe areas because of their propensity to follow interesting scents.
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