The Bluetick Coonhound is a working dog breed and the result of breeding several varieties of hound dogs, such as the English Foxhound and the French Staghound. The sporty and muscular dog breed is native to the Southern region of the U.S. and is common particularly throughout Louisiana and Tennessee. The Bluetick Coonhound was originally raised for hunting purposes, especially for cougars, raccoons and opossums.
The Bluetick Coonhound has a muscular build, with a compact physique and lithe legs. The height range for the breed is between 20 and 27 inches. It ranges in weight from 45 to 80 lbs., approximately. The dogs have glossy speckled coats that feel rough to the touch. The short coats are covered with beige, blue, red and black spots, but the foundation of the coats is white. The breed is known for its wide-set eyes, low ears and even teeth.
The Bluetick Coonhound makes a suitable house pet; the courageous dog breed enjoys the company of people and gets along very well with young children in most cases. The breed is fine alongside other dogs, but is not recommended for life with cats. With a very smart demeanor, the Bluetick Coonhound has also been described as ambitious, high-energy, attentive, affectionate and laid-back. These dogs may behave reluctantly with people they do not know, although aggressive behavior is rare.
The moderate-sized Bluetick Coonhound can be expected to live to about 10 to 12 years old. Some health issues that may sometimes affect the breed are Krabbe's Disease (a genetic degenerative condition involving the brain cells), cataracts, hypothyroidism and hip dysplasia (an abnormality in the formation of the joints).
The Bluetick Coonhound needs ample exercise to be healthy. To keep a Bluetick Coondog in optimal condition, owners should take the dogs outdoors for extended and fast strolls at least once a day. When Blueticks are under-exercised, they may lash out in undesirable ways, such as loud and persistent howling. The lively dog breed is very active and is therefore suited for life in a home with a spacious yard rather than in a small urban condominium or apartment.
To keep a Bluetick Coondog looking its best, owners need to brush its shiny coat about once a week. Regular brushing manages the possibility of loose pieces of hair, which can appear throughout the home (on sofas and in beds, for example). Bathing (with a shampoo formulated specifically for canines) is necessary every two months or so.