Fast, agile, and muscular with an eye-catching bluetick coat… that’s the Bluetick Coonhound for you in a nutshell. While they were bred to be tenacious hunters’ companions, Bluetick Coonhounds also make smart and devoted house pets.
If you are considering bringing home a Bluetick Coonhound puppy, the following information will help you decide if this is the right choice of breed for your lifestyle.
Belonging to the AKC’s Hound Group, Bluetick Coonhounds are large dogs, standing 21-27 inches tall and weighing anywhere from 45 to 80 pounds. The average lifespan of a Bluetick Coonhound is 10-12 years.
While affectionate with family members and quite playful too, Bluetick Coonhounds are not overly lovey-dovey and retain a streak of independence. They do reasonably well with young kids and can be tolerant of children’s behaviors provided they receive early socialization around kids as puppies. Bluetick Coonhounds are a canine-friendly breed and can get along very well with other dogs.
Bluetick Coonhounds are neither overly suspicious of strangers nor very friendly. They do not make the best watchdogs. This breed is only moderately adaptable to changes in routine. Given the high exercise needs, a Bluetick Coonhound is not the ideal pet for apartment dwellers. Prospective owners should know that Bluetick Coonhounds are highly sensitive and do not do well if left alone for long periods. This breed can tolerate both hot and cold climates moderately well.
Bluetick Coonhounds have a very strong prey drive and wanderlust potential, so they must be trained to be biddable. These dogs need to be kept on leash or in a fenced yard when outdoors.
It can be challenging to train a Bluetick Coonhound, but it can be done with a reward-based approach for motivation. Prospective owners should know that these are high-energy dogs who needs lots of vigorous physical activity such as a long walk or play session in a yard on a daily basis. They also need to be kept mentally stimulated to stay out of trouble. Also, Bluetick Coonhounds are very vocal and have a loud, mournful bark.
The Bluetick Coonhound’s short smooth coat requires only a weekly brushing but sheds quite a lot. These dogs are not heavy droolers.
In summary, Bluetick Coonhounds are sleek, fast hunters with a glossy black and blue mottled coat and a charming and sweet temperament. If you can’t wait to bring home a Bluetick Coonhound puppy, check out listings of reputable breeders on Puppy Hero.