American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Bluetick Coonhound


History

Many do not know that the Bluetick Coonhound is made up of English Coonhounds, Foxhounds, French Hounds, and curs. Known well for being the state dog of Tennessee, this breed actually originated in the state of Louisiana around the 1900's. This breed was bred with an extreme passion for hunting. These dogs can hunt anything you train them to, not limited to size or even the ability to hunt in day or night. Today, the Bluetick Coonhound is still used for hunting and companionship.

Appearance

With an oval-like shaped head and a rectangular shaped muzzle, the Bluetick Coonhound has large round eyes, and long droopy ears that hang along side of their face. If you haven't already realized, this breed constantly looks adorable! The top of their head fades quite well into their short neck and onto their back. Their tail is longer, pointed at the end and should stand away and up from their body. The Bluetick Coonhound has a short and firm coat that should demonstrate a beautiful natural shine at all times. This breed is only available in a white base coat, with black "ticking" and pattern on top, creating a "blue" affect within their coat. Their pattern is per individual but always the same color. Males and females should average 20-27 inches in height and weigh 45-80 pounds.

Temperament

This breed is extremely smart, loyal, hard working and kind. As passionate as the Bluetick Coonhound is at hunting, is as passionate as the breed is at being a good family member. Wonderful with older children and the elderly, this breed does need a calmer environment to thrive within. This breed needs to be socialized well when young in order to keep the dog from becoming shy of strangers or family members who aren't around often. The Bluetick Coonhound requires a firm and confident owner who is consistent and only uses positive reinforcement training methods. Due to the intense ability and natural instinct to hunt, it is highly recommended that any potential owner of this breed has a safe and secure fence for this breed to roam within, so it does not wander or follow scents when it has to be out doors. This breed is not recommended for households with other pets or canines, and is not recommended for apartment life. A daily walk is required for the mental and physical well being of the Bluetick Coonhound.

Grooming

Regular cleaning of the ears is needed for this breed, as well as occasional brushing. Bathe when needed. This breed is an average shedder.

Special Notes

This breed may drool and is prone to cataracts. We cannot encourage you enough to make sure you have a safe and secure fence if you are considering owning a Bluetick Coonhound, due to their natural hunting instincts of follow scents and wandering off. Please fully educate yourself about this breed prior to adding one to your family, so you can ensure that this is the right breed for you and that you are able to make a life long commitment for your new pup! Do not add one to your family unless you are able to provide life long physical and financial care. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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