Life span: 11-12 Years
Height: 56-69cm (Male); 53-64cm (Female)
Weight: 45-100 pounds
This noble dog is loyal and caring with its family. It is loving with children, but due to its tendency to be loud when excited, it is best around older children. They are highly energetic and need plenty of exercise, and although they do not get along with small pets, they are not aggressive with humans.
The body of the Bluetick Coonhound is lean and strong, with a long tail that is curved and usually carried high, although not over its body. Its ears are thin, long and smooth, falling down. Its eyes are brown with a black nose. Their coat is short and rough to the touch, as well as completely straight. The coat colors consist of blue ticking with solid black on the head, ears, tail, back and sides. They can also have brown marks on the snout, eyes, chest and below the tail with red ticking on the paws.
Originating in Louisiana, this breed was used for hunting raccoons, opossums, bobcats and even cougars and bears. They were especially good at tracking at night, following its prey until it cornered it and this climbed up a tree, when the dog would begin howling until the owner arrived. This breed could hunt alone or in a pack and were mostly seen in the Southern states during the early colonization days. When they were first registered, they were classified as the same breed with the English Foxhound and did not become its official own breed until 1946. It was allowed into the Hound group in 2009 and now currently ranks 119th on the American Kennel Club’s breed list.
This lovely and loyal breed is one to make you laugh, they are playful and rather than barking like other dogs, they tend to howl loudly. They can grow up to be friendly with strangers but will still be alert of anyone within its territory, alerting you through baying. It gets along with dogs, but due to its hunting instinct, other animals are likely to be chased by them. If introduced in an early stage, they can also get along with cats. Training can be difficult, as they are easily distracted by scents that catch their attention. For this same reason, the daily exercise this breed needs must be done on a leash and/or fenced yard. This breed needs an owner that established its dominance as the leader.
This breed is considered very healthy, but can suffer from:
Ear Infections, which can be prevented by constant cleaning of any debris or excess wax.
Gastric dilatation-volvulus, or bloat, is a mortal disease in which large chested dogs are affected by eating quickly, drinking lots of water and exercising after. This causes the stomach to inflate with gas and twist, making the dog unable to get rid of the excess air through vomiting, which impedes the normal blood flow to the heart. Its blood pressure then goes down and the dog goes into shock. Without proper, and immediate, medical attention, this could be fatal. Its symptoms may include: retching without vomiting, bloated abdomen, excessive salivation, restlessness, depression, rapid heart rate, weakness, etc.
Its short coat does shed, but not much, and therefore needs only weekly brushing. Baths should be given only occasionally, when the dog is particularly dirty, and their nails should be trimmed regularly, along with their teeth brushed and their ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. Despite needing daily exercise, they also enjoy being lazy around the house. Exercise should be done within a fenced yard or on a leash due to its hunting instinct. Training can be a bit difficult given that they are easily distracted by scents, but with patience, positive reinforcement, and treats, it can be achieved.