Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Bluetick Coonhound demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name "The Huckleberry Hound". The origin of the Bluetick Coonhound dog breed was in United States where it was developed in the 1700's.
Bluetick Coonhound Breed Group and Dog Type - Hound Dog Group - Scenthound: The Bluetick Coonhound is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Hound Dog Group, a Scenthound.
Other names for the Bluetick Coonhound: The Bluetick Coonhound is known by the nickname of the "Bodey" and "The Huckleberry Hound". Other names for this breed of dog include the Ticky and Bluey.
Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Bluetick Coonhound" derives from the Bluetick’s coat pattern and dark blue color. The coat of the Bluetick Coonhound is covered in a ‘ticking’ or mottled pattern that look like small ticks. The name "Coonhound" is derived from the original use of the dog in hunting raccoons.
Bluetick Coonhound - Scent hound: The Bluetick Coonhound is a Scent hound, one of the hunting dog breeds, built for endurance, with deep, open nostrils that enable the canine to pick up scent particles and track game, especially the racoon but also the cougar (mountain lion), opossums, bobcats and even bears.
Bluetick Coonhound History and Origin: The country of origin of the Bluetick Coonhound breed was in United States during the 1700's. All coonhounds, including the Bluetick, share a common ancestry with the now extinct, British 'Southern Hound', the English Foxhound, and the Bloodhound.
Every coonhound developed in Colonial America were originally called English Coonhounds. The Bluetick Coonhound had another ancestor called the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, a French scenthound with a blue marbled coat . In 1785 pack of Grand Bleu de Gascogne dogs were presented to George Washington by General Lafayette (1757 - 1834).
American colonists developed the Bluetick Coonhound from these two breeds as an American style of hunting dog that was suited to hunting the quarry and working in the surroundings and terrain found in the United States. The Bluetick Coonhound hunted any of the animals that attacked deer and the livestock of the colonists and settlers.
The Bluetick Coonhound was a natural tree hunter and eminently suited to hunting raccoons. The settlers also used the Bluetick Coonhound as a watchdog in their remote, often vulnerable homesteads. The Bluetick Coonhound breed was not separated from the English Coonhound until 1946.
Bluetick Coonhound Modern History: The modern history of the Bluetick Coonhound moved on and the breed is still used for hunting and as a watchdog but also as a lively, friendly family pet. The Bluetick Coonhound was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2009.
Bluetick Coonhound Modern History - Huckleberry Hound: The much loved cartoon character 'Hucklebery Hound', a Hanna-Barbera production, is based on a Bluetick Coonhound. The blue-coated 'Huckleberry Hound' with his Southern drawl and his impossible rendition of the song, "My Darling, Clementine", was a great favorite with kids and children of all ages.
Bluetick Coonhound Height: The Bluetick Coonhound breed is classified as a large sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 22-27 inches (56-69 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 21-25 inches (53-64 cm).
Bluetick Coonhound Weight: Not surprisingly for a large sized dog, the weight of a male dog is 55-80 lbs (25-36 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 45-64 lbs (20-29 kg).
Bluetick Coonhound Coat Type: The coat type is described as coarse, glossy coat.
Bluetick Coonhound Coat Colors: The colors of the Bluetick Coonhound breed include blue with black spots on the coat. N.B. The word "Blue" is used to describe a cool-toned, metallic gray color.
Bluetick Coonhound Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Bluetick Coonhound are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections.
The limited dog grooming needs of the Bluetick Coonhound are therefore considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming with casual brushing and combing. Dog Grooming needs should also include bathing the Bluetick Coonhound on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the eyes, ears, nails and teeth.
Bluetick Coonhound Litter Size: The litter size of the Bluetick Coonhound dog breed ranges from 4-8 puppies. Bluetick Coonhound puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Bluetick Coonhound puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Bluetick Coonhound Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Spirited, Active, Intelligent, Friendly and Loving.
Bluetick Coonhound Exercise Requirements - HIGH Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is high. The Bluetick Coonhound requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately one to two hours each day. This large, powerful dog has a supple, determined, steady gait with strides of a moderate length and requires a brisk walking speed or jogging by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements.
Bluetick Coonhound Diet: A fully grown Bluetick Coonhound should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Bluetick Coonhound Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Bluetick Coonhound breed include Bloat, Lysosomal storage disease, Hip dysplasia. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Bluetick Coonhound dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Bluetick Coonhound Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Bluetick Coonhound breed is 12 to 14 years.
Bluetick Coonhound Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Bluetick Coonhound breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Bluetick Coonhound names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Buster *** Teddy *** Tucker *** Duke *** Oliver *** Bailey *** Milo *** Riley *** Dexter *** Oscar *** Lucky.
Bluetick Coonhound Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Bluetick Coonhound names are Roxy *** Lily *** Coco *** Stella *** Penny *** Gracie *** Zoe *** Zoey *** Abby *** Luna *** Ginger.