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Encyclopedia > Bluetick Coonhound
Bluetick Coonhound
Bluetick Coonhound (female)
Country of origin
United States
Classification and breed standards
AKC: Hound (FSS) Stds
The AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS) is an optional recording service for purebred dogs that are not yet eligible for AKC registration.
ANKC: Group 4 (Hounds) Stds
NZKC: Hounds Stds
UKC: Scenthounds Stds

The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed of dog. It is a type of coonhound that is typically bred in the southern United States. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1189x975, 230 KB) Photo by Mark Riordan (me), taken of my bluetick coonhound Juno. ... © The American Kennel Club (or AKC) is the largest registry of purebred dog pedigrees in the United States. ... The Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) is the peak body in Australia responsible for promoting excellence in breeding, showing, trialling, obedience, and other canine-related activities and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs by responsible individuals across Australia. ... The New Zealand Kennel Club is an organisation responsible for dog pedigree registration services in New Zealand. ... The United Kennel Club (or UKC) is the second oldest all-breed registry of purebred dog pedigrees in the United States and the second largest in the world. ... This Chihuahua mix and Great Dane show the wide range of dog breed sizes. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ... A Black and Tan Coonhound with a typical soulful expression A Coonhound is a type of scent hound and a member of the hound group. ...

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History

The Bluetick Coonhound, which probably originated in Louisiana, is thought to be bred from English foxhounds, cur dogs, and the Bleu Gascogne French hound. Originally, Bluetick Coonhounds were registered in the United Kennel Club under the English Foxhound and Coonhound, but were recognized by the club as a separate breed in 1946. Bluetick Coonhounds are also recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council and the New Zealand Kennel Club. Breeders have started the process of obtaining recognition from the American Kennel Club. The American Blue Gascon is a subgroup of bluetick coonhounds that is larger, heavier, and more houndy looking than the standard bluetick. American Blue Gascons are often referred to as "old-fashioned" blueticks. The picture here appears to be of a female Gascon blue. The English Foxhound is the original of the two foxhound breeds of dog. ... For the filename extension .cur, see ICO (icon image file format). ... Grand Bleu de Gascogne The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a breed of dog in the scenthound family, developed out of the Gascony province on the southwestern coast of France. ... The English Foxhound is the original of the two foxhound breeds of dog. ... The Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) is the peak body in Australia responsible for promoting excellence in breeding, showing, trialling, obedience, and other canine-related activities and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs by responsible individuals across Australia. ... The New Zealand Kennel Club is an organisation responsible for dog pedigree registration services in New Zealand. ... © The American Kennel Club (or AKC) is the largest registry of purebred dog pedigrees in the United States. ...


Appearance

The overall body style of the Bluetick Coonhound should be muscular and speedy, not chunky or clumsily built. The head should be carried well up and the tail carried over the back, without signs of fear or nervousness. The Bluetick coat should be moderately coarse and glossy. The Bluetick Coonhound gets its "blue" coloring from black/white mottling which gives the impression of a navy blue color. This mottling covers the body and can be interspersed with variously-shaped black spots on the back, ears and sides. Preference runs to more blue than black on the body. Black should predominate on the head and ears. Bluetick Coonhounds should have tan dots over the eyes and on the cheeks with dark red ticking on the feet and lower legs below the body line, on the chest, and below the tail. Red can be eliminated, as well as the tan head coloring. Blue mottling on the body is preferred to lighter ticking. Blue ticking should be predominant over white in the body coat. Off colors are not allowed, but almost solid black with just some ticking on the feet and chest is permitted.


The Bluetick Coonhound has a broad head with low set ears which reach at least to the nose. The muzzle should be square, not narrow or snipey, and slightly shorter than the depth of skull. There should be a prominent stop, and the skull should be slightly domed. The lips and flews should well cover the lower jaw. The blueticks eyes should be large and set wide apart. Coloring light brown to dark brown, with a close fitting eylid. The neck of the Bluetick should be arched and muscular, of moderate length and without excessive dewflap.


Male coonhounds should be 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh approximately 55 to 80 pounds. Females are considerably smaller, being 21 to 25 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 45 to 65 pounds. The body should be higher at the shoulder than the hips, and when measured from the withers to the base of tail it should be slightly longer than tall. Blueticks (as they are known by fanciers) should have a deep chest with well sprung ribs, curving into the belly rather than having an extreme tucked up look.


Feet should be cat-like, rounded with well-arched toes. Their paws are larger than nearly all other breeds of dogs. Rear legs should have a moderate bend at the hocks. All legs should be straight when viewed from the front or rear.


Gascon blues are larger than standard blueticks, with males a minimum of 27 inches and a maximum of 30 inches. See the American Blue Gascon Coonhound Association's breed standard: http://www.abgha.org/standard.htm


Temperament

Bluetick hounds are a friendly breed, but new owners should be warned they can be particularly challenging to train. They are, like their hound counterparts, very intelligent breeds, with an uncanny knack for problem-solving. This can be particularly problematic if they are confined to a household or to a small yard, and one should give this breed plenty of space. Once trained, the breed is very mindful of its owner. Breed will drool occasionally and salivate heavily when exposed to "human" foods. They are very loud, constant, and howling barkers. They are bred to be working hunting dogs and can be a challenge to pet owners.


In normal conditions the dog is excellent around families and children. Often mistaken for aggressiveness, the breed will "greet" strangers with its signature howl and will literally "sniff" the subject until satisfied. Blueticks are driven by their strong sense of smell and make excellent hunting/tracking dogs.


Miscellaneous

A Bluetick Coonhound named "Smokey" is the official athletic mascot of the University of Tennessee. The costumed Smokey Mascot. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system. ...


A Bluetick Coonhound named Tet was the companion of Stringfellow Hawke, the main character of popular 1980s television show Airwolf. For the river in Roussillon, France, see Têt River. ... Stringfellow Hawke with Airwolf. ... Airwolf was an American television series that ran from 1984 through 1986. ...


Neil Young has stated that his song "Old King" is a tribute to a deceased Bluetick Coonhound he once owned.


An unnamed Bluetick Coonhound is featured in Blake Shelton's hit single, "Ol' Red". The song relates an escape plan of a man convicted of a crime of passion when he murdered his wife and her lover. He devises a plan to have a female Bluetick lure the prison's male Bloodhound Ol' Red instead of tracking him as he heads in the opposite direction. The closing lines of the song are: "Now there's red-haired Blueticks all in the South, / Love got me in there and love got me out." Blake Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country music singer. ... A crime of passion, in popular usage, refers to a crime in which the perpetrator commits a crime, specially assault or murder, against a spouse or other loved one due to sudden jealous rage or heartbreak rather than as a premeditated crime. ... For other uses, see Bloodhound (disambiguation). ...


A blue tick hound, is mentioned in the book, Where the Red Fern Grows Where the Red Fern Grows is a 1961 novel by American author Wilson Rawls about a boy who acquires and trains two Redbone Coonhound hunting dogs. ...


External links

  • Bluetick Breeders and Coonhunters Association
  • Bluetick Coonhound Breeders of America
  • American Blue Gascon Hounds Association

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Bluetick Coonhound - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (272 words)
The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed of dog.
They are a type of coonhound and are typically bred in Louisiana.
A Bluetick Coonhound named "Smokey" is the official athletic mascot of the University of Tennessee.
NZKC - Breed Standard - Bluetick Coonhound - Hound (749 words)
The Bluetick Coonhound is reputed to have a "cold nose"; in hound circles, this means that the dog can follow an old trail left by the animal pursued.
Bluetick Coonhounds are social and wonderful companions that are devoted to their families.
Bluetick Coonhounds are excellent at treeing raccoons and often take part in trials to test their skill at this activity.
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