Description: The Bluetick Coonhound is a medium-sized dog that shows a greater size difference between the sexes than most dogs. The dog will be 22 to 27 inches at the withers, and the bitch will be 2 inches shorter. However, while the dog’s weight can reach 80 pounds, the female dog will only reach 65 pounds. The coat is short and interesting in color consisting of a mottled gray and ticking bluish background with larger patches of black or dark blue on the head and body. Sometimes there are tan spots over the eyes. This dog is often used for night hunting as his eyesight is very good. The Bluetick Coonhound can be expected to live for 10 to 12 years. It is also known simply as Bluetick.
History: The United States was the birthplace of the Bluetick Coonhound. This dog was first developed in Louisiana. Judging by the color of the dog’s coat, it descends, in part, from the French Grand Bleu de Gascogne. Breeders in Louisiana bred several other breeds in the base stock to obtain the Blue tick Coon Hound. These breeds include the American Foxhound and the English Foxhound.
Temperament: The Bluetick Coonhound is a kind and caring dog that does well in family life. This dog will take care of the home and act in a reserved manner with those he does not know. Older children will probably do better with the Bluetick Coonhound than younger ones. This breed will not enjoy being left alone for long periods and can suffer from separation anxiety. The Blue tick Coon Hound will get along well with other dogs, but will see other household pets, including cats, as prey animals.
Health Issues – While the Bluetick Coonhound is a generally healthy dog, there are several issues that the owner should be aware of. This dog is subject to hip dysplasia to one degree or another. Bloat can also occur in this dog, and this requires immediate veterinary attention. The Blue Tick Coon Hound can also suffer from cataracts and Krabbes disease.
Grooming: With its short coat, the Bluetick Coonhound is easy to groom. A weekly brushing will do the trick. However, since this dog has floppy ears, attention should be paid to them to keep them infection-free. The ears should be checked every day and cleaned if necessary. As this is a hunting dog, it should also be examined for parasites such as ticks or fleas if it has been in the field.
Living conditions: Since the Bluetick Coonhound is a quiet dog on the inside, it is possible to keep it in an apartment. However, since the exercise demands of this dog are very high, the apartment dweller must make a determined effort to provide long, brisk walks with this dog to meet his demands. A house with a garden is probably best. This dog will experience separation anxiety if left alone for long periods, as he is a dog that bonds strongly with his family and wants to receive attention from them. This is a dog that loves the outdoors and will do best with an active family that hunts or participates in outdoor sports.