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Description:The Bluetick Coonhound has a short, dense coat that is a bit coarse to the touch. The Bluetick's tricolor coat has a uniquely speckled-blue look to it. Its heavy ticking is actually composed of black-colored hairs on a white background, creating a bluing effect. The tail is set just below the level where the black line ends and the ticking starts. The compact feet have well-arched toes and are of similar tan color to the muzzle. The hind legs are long and muscular. The Bluetick has extremely good eyesight, which allows them to work well at night.

Temperament:The Bluetick Coonhound is a very intelligent dog. Very devoted to its family, it makes a good companion dog. It does well living indoors and plays a fine guardian to his family and home. They are usually best with older considerate children, but can also do well with younger ones. Some can be a bit dog-aggressive and reserved with strangers. Socialize this breed well while still young. The Bluetick is a passionate hunter and should not be trusted with non-canine pets. This breed is extremely alert, attentive, and able to work over difficult terrain in bad weather. Do not let this breed off the leash in an unsafe area, as they may take off after an interesting scent. They have a strong instinct to tree animals. Raccoons inhabit all states and provinces in the US mainland and Canada, and have for centuries been pursued by hunters. Each year, hundreds of licensed night trials take place. Each trial lasts approximately three hours and involves three to four dogs. Points are given according to the dog's ability to find, trail and tree a raccoon. Points are lost for treeing game other than raccoons. Each dog has a unique "voice" which it's owners usually can recognize. The Bluetick Coonhound excels in these trials. They can also be used to track fox or even cougar. The Bluetick has a fearless and warrior-like approach to the hunt. This breed may drool or slobber.

Height: 20-27 inches

Weight: 45-80 pounds

Living Conditions: The Bluetick is not recommended for apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. Do not let this breed run free off of its lead, unless in a safe, secure area. Coonhounds have a tendency to follow their noses, and if they catch wind of a scent, they may wander off for hours following it.

Exercise: Daily vigorous exercise is needed.

Coat: Medium coarse, rather short, laying close to the body. Smooth and glossy.

Color: Dark blue, mottled, spotted by various shaped black spots on back, ears and side. More blue than black is preferred. Tan dots over eyes and on cheeks with dark red ticking on feet, lower legs below body line, chest and below tail. Absence of tan on head and body and absence of black spots are permissible. Blue ticking should dominate over white in the body coat.

Grooming: An occasional brushing will do. In order to keep the ears clean and infection-free, regular attention is a must.

Life Expectancy: About 11-12 years


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Dec 20, 1999 - May 11, 2012


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