Are you looking for a breed that is Made in the USA?
Well if so, then the Bluetick Coonhound might just be the right dog for you. Particularly if you’re familiar with his close cousin the Black and Tan Coonhound which is also an “All American” breed as well!
Like all hounds, foxhounds or coonhounds…
The Bluetick Coonhound is going to have a great sense of smell and once he gets “wind” of an interesting scent, he will find and follow the trail no matter how long or how difficult it may be. This is why these guys are so popular amongst hunters, particularly in the Southern parts of the United States.
But that’s not all…
The Blue Tick also has a very distinctive look, making him very easy to pick out of a crowd and in our opinion quite handsome to look at.
These dogs are generally pretty fun and jovial, just like many other dog breeds, they aren’t always going to be the “best” pet for every dog owner. This is why in this article, we wanted to take a moment and discus what it might be like to own a Bluetick Coonhound, so that if you are considering purchasing a Bluetick puppy, six months from now you won’t regret the fact that you did!
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Bluetick Coonhound Dog Breed Facts
Country of Origin: USA
Original Purpose: Hunting Dog
Height: 21 to 27 inches tall
Weight: 45 to 80 pounds
Life Span: 12 to 14 years
Dog Breed Classification: Hound
Bluetick Hound Origins
While it is true that the Bluetick Coonhound was developed in the Southern United States in the early 18th century, this dog’s bloodline comes from a long line of accomplished hunting breeds including the French Grand Bleu de Gascongne and the English Foxhound.
It was during…
Early 18th century that hunters throughout the south “experimented” with several different dog breeds in hopes of creating a more robust and compact hunter that would be capable of keeping up with the hunt, while also being able to fit into some “small” and “tricky” situations.
And one of the…
Dog breeds that “stuck” as a result of these “experimentations” was the Bluetick Coonhound.
It may be true that the Bluetick Coonhound may not be as fast as some of his close southern cousin hounds, few can argue that the Blueticks uncanny ability to pick up a trail and keep that trail all the way to the catch is unrivaled!
Bluetick Coonhound Acknowledgements
Despite this dog’s popularity throughout the Southern States, it has taken a while for it to be “officially” recognized. For example, while it is true that the United Kennel Club did decide to recognize the breed as a part of the English Coonhound breed in 1905, it wasn’t considered a separate breed by its own right until 1946.
And while this…
Frustrated many Bluetick owners, it was nothing compared to the fact that the American Kennel Club (AKC) didn’t “officially” recognize the breed until 2009! We guess you can’t say that the AKC was biased towards this dog because he is “made in America”.
Physical characteristics of the Blue Tick Coonhound
The Bluetick is a big dog – he weighs 45 to 80 pounds and stands 21 to 27 inches tall. You’ll generally find that the males of this breed do tend to be a bit larger than the females (but not by all that much).
He is also…
A classically good-looking dog in our opinion. Serious and professional, this dog just has a look about him implying that he knows what he is doing.
Can vary in color but will be sure to have a dark blue hue to it marked with black spots all along their backs, ears and sides. Most will also have solid black coloring along the head and ears with some tan markings over the eyes and cheeks. That said, it’s pretty fair to say that no two Bluetick Coonhounds are going to look the same.
But be warned…
Despite the fact that the Bluetick Coonhounds coats are smooth and silky and don’t require much grooming, like many other “hounds”, you may find that your Bluetick may smell a bit “houndy” himself.
You should give him a good bath every weekend to keep his strong odor under control. In this respect, he is quite similar in a lot of ways to other hounds such as the Grand Bleu de Gascogne (also called as the Blue Gascon) from France, except that the French breed has black spots on a white skin.
(NOTE: The Bluetick Hound should not be confused with the Bluetick Rat Terrier – that is a completely different breed, obtained from crossing the Bluetick Coonhound and Rat Terrier.)
Bluetick Coonhound Temperament
The Bluetick Coonhounds popularity today should speak volumes about just how great a companion animal that this breed can be. After all, a lot has changed in the US since the early 1800’s and while sure there are still a lot of folks who like to hunt recreationally, for most, hunting is no longer a way of life.
This dog breed still continues to be very popular today. And the reason for this is because the Bluetick Coonhound is a great companion and can make a great family pet.
The Bluetick, despite the fact that he was originally bred to be a hunter is actually a really fun and jovial dog. Now It might not seem like it at first sight, but the Blue Tick is a very funny and playful dog.
He loves his human family and he enjoys their company. Blueticks are the kinds of dogs that want to be with his owners all the time. Which is why today, the Bluetick is as much a family dog and a companion dog, as a hunting dog.
Want to sit in the back seat as you drive the car, he will want to sleep at the foot of your bed, and he will follow you anywhere. These guys will have a “healthy” skepticism of strangers while eagerly accepting anyone you approve of.
They’re not going to want to spend “all day” sitting on the couch with you. At the end of the day, these guys were still bred to work and hunt. Which means that if you want to be the proud owner of a happy Bluetick Coonhound, you’re going to have to give your guy plenty of time to run and play.
And you should be aware…
That everything else about your Blueticks behavior is going to stem from how much time you allow him or her to burn off steam. You see, a bored Bluetick can be a destructive Bluetick. So just be sure that he gets the exercise he needs and you should be fine.
The good news is that these guys are pretty smart and love to receive your praise and attention. Which makes them great students when it comes time to training your Bluetick puppy. So just be sure to start his or her training when they are young, keep your training positive and engaging and you’ll likely be amazed and how quickly he or she will learn.
Chances are it doesn’t matter how well you train your Bluetick Coonhound puppy if he or she picks up something that is “irresistible,” they are most likely going to want to chase it. This is why, you should always keep your BlueTick on a leash any time you won’t want to find yourself chasing after him for several miles or days!
Bluetick Hound Health Issues
The Bluetick Hound is one of the healthiest dog breeds out there, but no dog can be perfectly healthy. There will always be some health issue that you cannot predict can possibly affect this breed.
Bluetick Coonhound health issues, such as…
- Hip Dysplasia
- Krabbes Disease
- Patellar Luxation
- Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat)
And unfortunately, treating some of these conditions can be a bit expensive.
Which is why…
Even though Bluetick Coonhounds tend to be pretty healthy, we here at IndulgeYourPet always like to recommend that folks take a moment and consider purchase a pet insurance policy on their new family member.
Illnesses aren’t the only things that affect the health of your pet. They could also be involved in accident or suffer from a bite from another animal. This is particularly true for the Border Terrier who isn’t afraid to take on a challenge.
Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?
No, probably not. But how will you know if you don’t at least know what it might cost for you to get insured? This is why we decided to write our Best Pet Insurance Companies article so that you can get an idea if purchasing a pet insurance policy is “right” for you!