Bluetick Coonhound

Breed History

Bluetick Coonhound on a leash

Bluetick Coonhound is a medium to large size dog with a unique color known as Blue Ticked. Solid structure and stock body type shows a muscular build while being not having a sloppy appearance.

Other part of their name, Coonhound, comes from their uncanny ability to hunt Racoons. Their entire name is a description of their coat color and what kind of animal they would hunt while being in the hound category.

As a member of the coonhounds they are American made and some of the few dogs that hold this distinction. Crossbreeding between different hound dogs that were imports made a dog that could serve the needs of the people in Louisiana.

Scent hound by nature they have one of the best noses amongst any dog breed. High level prey drive makes them the ideal hound dog to hunt down prey.

Prey that they went after ranges from small racoons to Bluetick Coonhound packs that could take down a large bear. Their prey drive can cause them to hunt down prey for over a day without stopping.

They have come a long way from the determination they became famous for, but they still could show signs of their nature as a house pet.  

Being among a long line of different hound dogs they would get recognition in the 1950’s as a different breed than other Coonhounds. Slowly more kennel club have begun to register them as a pureblood breed.

Registration

In 2009, they would officially receive recognition from the American Kennel Club. Half a century would pass from the time they would receive recognition from the United Kennel club who was one of the first to grant them the distinction.

Top 130 in registration they have a chance to gain some ground but are new to the American Kennel Club. When more time passes, we will get a better sense of where they will land in popularity.

Hound Group is the category given universally by every major kennel club. Here are the major Kennel Clubs and their breed standards for the Bluetick Coonhound.

Size

Male Height: 22-27 inches

Female Height: 21-25 inches

Male Weight: 55-80 pounds

Female Weight: 50-65 pounds

Boy dogs are considerable bigger than girls without difficultly seeing the physical differences.

Litter Size

6 puppies are the average litter size of the Bluetick Coonhound. Potential breeder should be aware of how many puppies will be incoming and need care for at least eight weeks. Mothers have no known health problems and are known to deliver puppies naturally.

Colors

  • Blue Ticked
  • Blue Ticked and Tan
  • Black Spots

All white dogs are not acceptable, and any other color is not acceptable other than the ones listed above.

Price

$800-$1,500 is the average price of a Bluetick Coonhound. Prices vary depending on location, supply, demand, and the quality of bloodline. For example, if a dog is from a champion show dog line you will pay more money than if it wasn’t.

Registration will increase the amount you will pay also. Tracking the bloodline and quality of the dog from the times of their registration until now covers more than five decades of meeting the breed standard.

Without papers you can expect to pay much less around a few hundred dollars. Remember there is no paper trail or quality the unregistered dog must follow and can result in unfavorable features.

Knowing the breed standards can help tremendously in this case.

Grooming

Make sure you take the dog on a long walk or run to get them in right state of mind to become calm and submissive during the grooming process. Important for everyone to understand that removing extra energy will begin the session the right way. You should do this is you take them to a professional or if you are doing it at home.

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Brushing them should happen at least once per week to be safe. During shedding season this ritual will shed a lot of hair earlier in the process at a faster pace.

Combing is not as big of an issue due to their short coat. Owners shouldn’t worry about combing a coat that can’t get tangled or matting issues.

Bathe the dog after a long exercise session and the dynamics of a wild bath will stop. Add a leash onto the project and you will see that the dog is calm after a while.

Ears should be clean each week to prevent build up that can lead to an infection. Once the ears get an infection you will need to take them to the vet. This is something that you can avoid with a little effort.

Trimming the nails should happen when you are running or walking your dog, which we recommend. If you don’t exercise, which we don’t recommend you will, you will need to cut them with clippers.

Professional help is not a recommendation.

Life Span

12 years is average lifespan for the Bluetick Coonhound. That’s a long time for a dog to live and owners should be aware of the time commitment. Great dog you should adopt considering their long lifespan. Getting them at an adult age could still result in over a decade in ownership.

Health Issues

No recommended health tests comes from their Kennel Club but there are a few areas I want to point out that you should pay close attention.

Bloat – is one of the main killers of dogs. Dogs with deep chest will suffer from this condition and this dog fits that category. The stomach will extend beyond normal capabilities and end up being outside of the area it should be in. Organs and veins are then put under an immense amount of pressure causing the dog to pass away from bloat complications.

Ear Infections – daily check of the ears due to them being floppy in nature is a recommendation. There could be an ear infection often and owners should be aware. If you are not checking them, which we don’t recommend, look for signs of scratching excessively. Other symptoms will include the dog shaking their head due to the irritation the infection is causing.

Breed Group

Proud member of the Hound Group they are a part of the scent hound and not the sighthound side. One of the dogs will use scent more and the other will use their sight to track down prey. Both are tremendous and great hunters.

All these dogs are known to assist humans with hunting down their prey at long distances with the highest levels of endurance.

Here are some of the dogs in the Hound Group

Exercise Needs

Bluetick Coonhound needs a lot of exercise and they need it every single day. Being from a hound dog background it is easy to determine keeping them busy is the best practice.

When dogs that were in use for hunting get little to no exercise it is no wonder these dogs start engaging in bad behavior. Lack of exercise and bad behavior have a direct connection.

Adding exercise to the mix will teach you a lot of things. First is the leadership aspect of exercising every day and the discipline you and the dog will earn along the way.

Barking, digging, jumping, over excitement and a long host of other issues will go away all by themselves. Dogs who start doing this are compensating for a lack of exercise or mental stimulation.

This is what we recommend for our clients to start

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 min (run, walk, treadmill)

Younger dogs will need a lot of runs and we like to do that on a bike. Tapping into a lot of that energy and using it on positive activities will enhance good behavior and your dog will listen better when less energetic. Two exercise sessions a day a few times a week will help curve the energy levels as well.

Adult dogs need runs still but to a lesser extent. Remember the bad behavior will cause you to increase the exercise and the good behavior can justify decreasing the exercise.

Older dogs don’t need a lot of exercise and little to no runs. Behavior will dictate what you give them but expect to walk them for 30 minutes at the most one time a day.

Training

  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every house is built on a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than a daily exercise regimen. Taking this seriously is the single most powerful tool at your disposal. Imagine a so called “hyper dog” getting 360 to 720 hours of exercise per year. How hyper would they be after one year in this program? Let’s rewind into the future and imagine year 3 or 4 and you have a calm dog that is too busy with their daily job to conduct in bad behavior. Expect to spend a lot of time in this area.

Commands will take up less of your time but are important to have control over your dog, especially off leash. Practicing with your dog is the best teacher. Relying on repetition is the best strategy you have, and you should use it often. Before they eat or drink from the water bowl you can request these commands. Coming out of the cage or going outside on a run will all happen after listening to you. You see how powerful this can be?

Socialize your dog after a long exercise session. For those who exercise every morning and night do not have to worry about this. When you take them out once a day make sure you knock that session out first and then take them to the dog park.

Correcting the dog should happen verbally mostly, on leash and off leash. Verbal will be all that you need 99 percent of the time but there are rare circumstances when the dog is zoned out and needs a physical correction to get their attention. Timing and the follow through after is more important than physically touching them.

Are Bluetick Coonhounds Aggressive?

No, there is no such thing as an aggressive dog. There is no dog that comes out of the litter very aggressive. As humans who oversees a dogs and can alter their behavior will natural methods, we should take responsibility for not giving the dog the proper outlet.

 Failure to compensate the dog daily with some type of exercise will cost everyone in the end. Having a dog in complete isolation and possible euthanize candidate is one of the crimes we commit against our pets and blame them for becoming aggressive.

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