The Bluetick Coonhound: A Loyal Hunter with a Heart of Gold
The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed that originated in the United States. It was developed from various breeds, including French and English hunting hounds, as well as American Foxhounds. These dogs were bred for their exceptional hunting skills, particularly for raccoons and other small game.
Bluetick Coonhounds are large dogs that typically stand between 21-27 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh around 45-80 pounds. They have short, dense coats that are mostly black with blue mottling throughout. Their eyes are typically dark brown or amber in color.
Blueticks are known for their loyalty and friendliness toward their family members, but they can be reserved around strangers. Due to their strong hunting instincts, they may not get along well with cats or other small pets in the household. However, with proper socialization and training from an early age, Blueticks can coexist peacefully with children and other larger pets.
As with all dog breeds, there are certain health issues that Bluetick Coonhounds may be prone to developing over time. These include hip dysplasia (a hereditary condition affecting mobility), ear infections (due to floppy ears that trap moisture), eye problems (such as cataracts or glaucoma), and obesity (if not given enough exercise). On average, these dogs have a lifespan of around 11-12 years.
Bluetick Coonhounds require moderate to high levels of physical activity each day to stay healthy both mentally and physically. This includes long walks on leash or runs in open areas where it’s safe for them to run off-leash without getting lost.
Although their short coat doesn’t require too much maintenance beyond occasional brushing, Blueticks are known for producing a lot of drool and having strong odors. Bathing them once or twice per month can help control these issues.
Bluetick Coonhounds require positive-reinforcement-based training techniques due to their sensitive nature. Obedience and housetraining should start at an early age, so they don’t develop bad habits like excessive barking or digging.
Compatibility with Children/Pets:
Bluetick Coonhounds generally get along well with children who know how to interact appropriately with dogs. However, since they have strong prey drive instincts, they may not coexist peacefully with small pets in the household without proper socialization and supervision.
One unique trait of Bluetick Coonhounds is their signature “baying” bark when trailing prey on a hunt. They’re also known for being stubborn at times but respond well to rewards-based training methods that reinforce good behavior.
The most famous example of a Bluetick Coonhound is probably Ol’ Dan from the novel Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.