Bluetick Coonhound​ - Hound Group

Bluetick Coonhound

Breed Group: Sporting Group

Size Group: Large Dog Breeds

Origin: United States

Height: 22”-27” (male) 21”-25” (female)

Weight: 55-80lbs (male) 45-65lbs (female)

Color: Blue ticked, Blue ticked and tan both with or without black spots

Lifespan11-12 years

Temperament: Energetic, keen, determined

 

Overview

The Bluetick Coonhound is a nocturnal prey hunter. They have incredibly keen sight and will happily follow any scent trail. These pups make wonderful family dogs so long as they are given enough attention and exercise. Bluetick Coonhounds that feel neglected will learn difficult behaviors that will keep themselves entertained including howling at all hours. Be sure to train these pups early and thoroughly to combat tricky behaviors.

These pups have been used to hunt all sizes of game, from racoons to bears. They are fearless, enthusiastic, and tenacious on a hunt. At home they are devoted, energetic and loving.

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Fun Facts

The University of Tennessee’s mascot is Smokey the Bluetick Coonhound.

Health

Bluetick Coonhounds are typically very healthy. Some health concerns to be aware of include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, ear infections and bloat.

While you always hope your pet will live a long and healthy life, it is always a good idea to invest in pet health insurance.

Keeping your dog’s mouth clean and problem free goes a long way to your pup’s overall health. Dental hygiene can be the cause or can be the byproduct of other serious health issues.

Visual inspections can be performed to keep track of the signs of potentially waning oral health. These signs can be anything from bad breath to abnormal chewing to loss of appetite.

Keeping ahead of these warning signs can pay dividends. A preventative approach can delay and stop many of the common dental problems from arising.

Oral health can be tackled in five basic steps:

  1. Brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent an undesirable buildup of plaque
  2. Feed your dog a diet where the high quality dog food has dental benefits
  3. Regularly give your dog dental toys and treats
  4. Use mouthwash, to help where brushing misses
  5. At the sign of any abnormalities, consult a vet. You can even do it virtually, from the convenience of your home.

Dogs are just like humans in that they can experience anxiety. The degree to which they are susceptible to anxiety and how they deal with anxiety is breed specific. Left unchecked, initial signs of anxiety could give way to an anxiety disorder. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can lead to a myriad of behavior issues.

Knowing the signs and symptoms will best equip you to keep ahead of it and to nip it in the bud at the earliest signs. There are options available to help with anxiety.

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Grooming

Bluetick Coonhounds shed a moderate amount. Plan on brushing your pup once a week with a hound glove or a bristle brush to remove any dead hair and redistribute skin oil. These pups need bathing about once a month or whenever they get exceptionally dirty. Be sure to check and clean your pup’s ears once a week. Use a mild dog ear cleaner on a cotton ball to gently remove any debris or wax to help prevent ear infections. Trim your pup’s nails regularly and brush your pup’s teeth several times per week.

Cost

$500 – $2,000

Exercise

Like many hunting dogs, Bluetick Coonhounds have high energy. They do best in homes that make sure they have plenty of time to run around. They also have a very strong prey drive so be sure to keep your pup leashed or in a securely fenced in area when outside. These pups famously escape even the best enclosures, so always keep an eye on your pup. Plan on spending between 1-2 hours a day in activity with your dog. They enjoy brisk walks, jogging, hiking, and playing fetch.

Nutrition

A fully grown Bluetick Coonhound will eat around 2.5 cups of food per day split over two meals. This breed is prone to bloat which is an immediately life-threatening condition where the stomach overfills and flips in the torso. You can help avoid this situation by monitoring the rate at which your pup eats. The exact amount of food your dog will need will vary depending on age and activity level.

 

We’ve taken a look at some premium dog foods, high in nutrition here.

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Training

As with all dogs, early socialization with humans and other dogs is essential. Bluetick Coonhounds should be enrolled in training classes as early as possible. They can be quite stubborn and if they are allowed to engrain bad behavior it can be a real challenge to try to unlearn. These pups respond best to positive reinforcement training. Keep your sessions consistent and full of praise and plenty of treats.

Proper training is essential to ensuring the safety of your dog and those around you. Having your dog come when they should, and in general having them listen is something you want to address early in your pup’s life, as it will pay dividends down the line. There are many tried and true training programs to accomplish this training – faster and better than you might think!

Unless you’re living on a farm, or have the space, a yipping dog, or one that barks all day when you are gone could be an issue with the neighbors and/or landlord. Historically, dogs would bark to communicate with the rest of the pack when hunting and bark as a warning shot to predators eyeing up their flock. Barking is deep rooted in dogs and manifests itself in many ways and for a variety of reasons.

Just like any habit or instinct, there are effective ways you can train this issue away.

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Supplements

A solid Glucosamine Supplement for hips and joints will go a long way to helping your furry friend.

Other helpful supplements include full-spectrum hemp oil or CBD oil. Fish oil skin and coat supplement.

Ensuring a comprehensive preventative vitamin and mineral plan is essential to keeping your dog healthy. Truth is, there are vitamins and minerals that your dog needs, but doesn’t produce naturally. While many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in your dog’s current diet and dog food, the question becomes, are there enough vitamins to ensure they aren’t deficient.

Poor nutrition can lead to some of the most common health issues, such as weak joints, compromised immunity, increased allergies, and low energy.

Vitamins play a vital role in your pet’s health and overall life expectancy. Here are some multivitamin and joint relief options.

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Explore this remedy further to see all the health benefits that have transformed the lives of so many dogs to date.

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