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Description of Bluetick Coonhound

The Breed History

The Bluetick Coonhound's color suggests that it descended from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne (French Staghound) as well as the English Foxhound. In America, Blueticks were referred to as English Coonhounds for many years. In 1945, however, Bluetick breeders broke away from the English breeders because they didn't want to follow the trend toward producing a hot-nosed, faster hunter. Proud of their larger, cold-nosed and resolute, if slower hounds, they re-named their breed and maintained their own hunting style. AKC recognition occurred in 2009.

Breeding for Function

An intelligent, cold-nosed hunter that trees hard and long, the Bluetick has the ability and endurance to stay on the most intricate track. He is a free tonguer on the trail with a medium bawl or bugle voice when striking and trailing. This changes to a steady chop when running and a steady course chop at tree.

Physical Characteristics

Height at withers: males, 22 to 27 inches (56-69 cm), females, 21 to 25 inches (53-64 cm).

Weight: males 55 to 80 pounds (25-36 kg), females 45 to 65 pounds (20.5-29.5 kg).

Coat: Medium coarse and lying close to the body, appearing smooth and glossy. Not rough or too short. Preferred color is a dark blue, thickly mottled body, spotted by various shaped black spots on back, ears and sides. Preference is to more blue than black on body. Head and ears predominately black. With or without tan markings (over eyes, on cheeks, chest and below tail) and red ticking on feet and lower legs.

Longevity: 11 to 12 years.

Points of Conformation: Proportion is square, or slightly longer than tall. The head is 8 to 10 inches long with a prominent stop. The eyes are round and dark brown in color. The ears are set low. The nose is black and large. The neck is muscular, and carried up, with only a slight dewlap. The body should be deep, forechest is moderate, the topline slopes downward slightly from withers to hips. Forelegs are straight from elbows to feet. Rear legs are muscular, and parallel from hip to foot when viewed from behind. Feet are round and well arched. The tail is set slightly below the line of the back, carried high with a forward half-moon curve.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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