Bluetick Coonhound

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Country of Origin:England
AKC Group:Hound Group
UKC Group:Scenthound
Life Span:12 to 13 years
Color:Dark blue with black spots of various sizes.
Coat:Smooth medium length, coarse.
Grooming:Brush weekly.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:21 to 27 inches at the withers
Weight:45 to 80 pounds

During the early decades of this century, dog dealers made trips into the Louisiana bayou, the Ozark mountains and other isolated areas, bringing out hounds of remarkably pure type. These dogs, mainly of the heavily ticked blue color, were often referred to as Bleus de Gascognes or French Staghounds. Crossed with various foxhounds and curs, they formed the basis of the UKC Bluetick Coonhound. Bluetick Coonhounds have devout followers and are fine coonhounds. But some owners feel these dogs recently have given way to the current trend of foxhound type and speed in order to participate in the competitive events, as the English hound did before them. Those who want the original big, cold-nosed, old-fashioned type have thus converted to the Bleu de Gascogne and the Majestic. The average weight is between 45 to 80 pounds, with the height at the withers ranging between 21 to 27 inches. The coat is short and dense; a bit coarse to the touch. They are usually tricolor, with heavy black ticking in white areas.


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