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Bluetick Coonhound Dog Breed Profile

by Dr. Chris

AKC Group: Hound Group


The Bluetick Coonhound is very popular in the southern United States as a hunting dog. A very loyal dog that is a great family pet, but should not be left alone with cats or other small family pets.

History



The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed that had come from Louisiana and is said to have been a product of crossing and selective breeding of the Blue Gascony hound of France, the English foxhound, Cur Dog, American foxhound, and the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound. These breeds were all present in the location at that time. They are called "Bluetick" due to the bluish color that their coat gives out. By the 20th century, the breed was continually bred in the South and dog traders who pass by the Louisiana Bayou and Ozarks are astounded by the beauty of this breed. By 1946 the breed standard was finally create by the breeders and the AKC had given its recognition of the Bluetick as a separate breed from the other coonhounds.

Physical Features



They have a square muzzle that is in proportion with a strong scissor bite as well. Eyes are of dark brown and are round. The ears are of low set and are loosely hanging and they do not stand up even when excited or alert. Necks are muscular and carry the head well in a dignified manner. Their chests are deep with much lung space and is not too broad but deep. Well sprung ribs are indicators of the housing of powerful lungs. Their legs are straight with evidence of muscular development. The distinctive blue coat color is really dark blue, thickly mottled body with a variety of spots of black on the back, ears, and even sides. It is more desirable to have more of the bluish color than black on this breed. Weights vary from 55 to 80 pounds and 45 to 65 pound respectively. The average life expectancy is 11 to 12 years.

Personality



These Bluetick Coonhound dogs need to be kept busy. Great family pets, but keep away from cats. These dogs are excellent protectors and they will keep on barking if an intruder is nearby. They are an affectionate breed, very gentle and loving with people. The breed has a tendency to be stubborn and may need patience and firmness for them to learn.

Common Health Problems



Krabbes disease (globoid cell leukodystrophy), cataracts and hip dysplasia are health issues for this dog.

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