Featured Breed : Bluetick Coonhound
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Bluetick Coonhound

Life Span: 12 to 14 years

Litter Size: 7 to 9

Country of Origin: United States

Size: Males stand 24 to 30 inches at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 100 pounds. Females are 23 to 28 inches and weigh 45 to 85 pounds.

Coat: The smooth, glossy coat is dark blue, thickly mottled with black spots on the back, ears, and sides. The head and ears are mostly black, with tan markings over the eyes and on the cheeks. The Bluetick Coonhound has dark red ticking on the feet, the lower legs below the body line, the chest, and below the tail.

Character: Bluetick Coonhounds are very intelligent. They are very easy to train provided they have gone through basic obedience training. While on public places, firm, consistent, and positive commands should be issued to keep them on a leash and behave.

Appearance: The Bluetick Coonhounds have a determined and attentive look. These lean, medium-sized framed breed are covered in short, dense coats. They have a distinct mottled coloring (black and white spots with a dark blue effect). They have round eyes, thin hanging ears, and square muzzles. They have muscular necks and bodies, and their tails are usually carried at an upward curve.

History: Several decades ago, the Bluetick Coonhound was bred by combining the instincts of the old world breed hounds from Europe, such as Grand Bleu de Gascogne and English Foxhound, and endurance and speed from American hounds.

Health Issues: Common with other dogs, the Bluetick Coonhounds can develop hip dysplasia, eye problems and hypothyroidism. They can live up to 12 years.

Temperament: The Bluetick Coonhounds are very friendly and loyal to their families. Although you might be drawn to the breed’s color, but their personality will definitely win your heart. They are great being hunting companions as they doubled as house dogs.

Care: Grooming the Bluetick Coonhound is a breeze: Brush their coats occasionally, and check their ears regularly.

Training: They are a very intelligent breed. But due to their independent-minded attribute, it may take some time to train them fully.

Activity: Since they are very active and bred for physical activities, Bluetick Coonhounds need daily exercises. These may include long walks and short runs. They easily get high strung, even destructive, if they don’t get any exercises.

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