Fast and muscular, the Bluetick Coonhound dog breed stands out for his striking coat.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Bluetick Coonhound.
The origin of the Bluetick Coonhound lies in the state of Louisiana of the US. The breed is a result of crossbreeding between the English Foxhound, American Foxhound, the Bleu de Gascogne Hound and the Balck and Tan Virginia Foxhound. Earlier, the breed was categorized under the English Foxhound or the Coonhound. However, the breed was recognized as a separate breed in 1946. The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 2009.
The Bluetick Coonhound is a medium to large sized dog with a compact and muscular frame. It has a large head; round eyes which are large in size and dark colored; low set long ears which are carried close to the head; black nose with flared nostrils; a broad muzzle with a slightly longish appearance; taut lips with teeth which meet in scissors bite. This breed has a low set tail with a strong base and slightly tapering towards the end. The tail is carried above the line of the back with a prominent curl towards the end.
3) Pop Culture
The Bluetick can be found in various forms of pop culture. Emmylou Harris mentions a Bluetick named Gideon in her song “Red Dirt Girl,” the University of Tennessee mascot is a Bluetick Coonhound named Smokey, and a Bluetick stars in a commercial for Miracle Whip.
Training of Bluetick Coonhound is usually long and exhausting process. Bluetick Coonhound is not recommended for the inexperienced owners. It responds well to rewards (food) and requires firm and persistent training.
The Bluetick Coonhound is an intelligent and an agile breed. It is great with children. However, it can be slightly dominant towards other dogs if not socialized at a young age. Caution is advised with non-canine pets such as cats, hares etc. because of the breeds strong hunting instincts. It has very good eyesight and has strong protective instincts, which makes it a good watchdog as well as a guard dog.
This is an active dog which requires lots of daily exercise, physically as well as mentally. Daily long walks are essential to fulfill the natural needs of the dog to walk. Walks should be supplemented with jogging or running every now and then in an open but secured fenced area.
As they are very active, their food requirements are also a bit high when compared to other medium sized dogs. Two and half to three and half cups of food tobe served per day and similar to all other dogs, it is better to divide that quantity into two meals
Bluetick Coonhound has smooth and glossy dark blue coat with black spots on the ears and on dorsal and lateral sides of the body. Dark red ticking can be seen on the lower parts of the legs and feet, on the chest and below the tail. Head and ears are black, with tan-colored fur above the eyes and on the cheeks.
Bluetick Coonhound drools a lot (especially near the food). It belongs to the group of medium shedders that require grooming 2 to 3 times per week. Eyes and ears need to be cleaned regularly to prevent potential infections.
The Bluetick coonhound is a relatively healthy breed but keep an eye out for eye problems, hip dysplasia, bloating, hypothyroidism, and luxating patellas.