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Bluetick Coonhound


General Information - Bluetick Coonhound


Group:
Hound

Size:
Large

Lifespan:
11-12 years

Exercise:
High

Grooming:
Very low

Trainability:
Very low

Watchdog Ability:
High

Protection Ability:
Medium

Area of Origin:
United States

Date of Origin:
1900s

Other Names:
None

Original Function:
Hunting raccoons



History

The Bluetick Coonhound originated in the Louisiana bayous and the Ozark Mountains in the southern USA in the early 1900's. They probably trace their ancestry to the French hounds such as the Grand Bleu de Gasgogne which were crossed with Bloodhounds and some Foxhounds. They are used for hunting and can tree a raccoon very quickly. In New Zealand, the Bluetick Coonhound is used for possum and pig hunting. The Bluetick Coonhound is reputed to have a "cold nose"; in hound circles, this means that the dog can follow an old trail left by the animal pursued.

Temperament

Bluetick Coonhounds are social and wonderful companions that are devoted to their families. This breed should not be trusted with non-canine pets as their hunting instinct is too strong. Bluetick Coonhounds are excellent at treeing raccoons and often take part in trials to test their skill at this activity. Bluetick Coonhounds are alert and able to work in all terrain situations. Each Bluetick Coonhound has a distinct voice that is recognisable to their owner. Bluetick Coonhounds tend to drool and slobber.

Upkeep

The Bluetick Coonhound is a dog that can run for miles, although it is usually content with a moderate jog or long walk, with an occasional excursion into the field. It can wander if it catches a scent, so a safe area is mandatory. Its coat needs only occasional brushing. Most Coonhounds drool to some extent, and the face may need regular wiping. The ears should also be checked regularly.