The Bluetick Coonhound is a friendly, intelligent, and active breed. These goofy guys are known for their lovable looks, sweet natures, and loud bellowing howls. Because of their strong sense of smell and curiosity, the Bluetick can sometimes be hard to train. They would make the best pet for an active and loving family.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. Said to have originated in Louisiana, the Bluetick Coonhound’s ancestors are most likely the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and the English Foxhound.
2. They are called Coonhounds because they have the ability to track and tree (standing at the base of the tree and howling) raccoon’s.
3. It’s said that no two Coonhound’s howls are alike. This helps hunters distinguish their hound from other Blueticks.
4. These dogs are very popular hunting hounds in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
5. Named for their coats, the most desirable Coonhounds by breed standards are ones with the most blue ticking.
6. They are cold-nosed scenthounds, meaning they can detect and track older scents than the average dog.
7. The Bluetick Coonhound has been a source of artistic inspiration. Neil Young’s song “Old King” is a tribute to the Bluetick, and the Bluetick Coonhound also appears in the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. They are also mentioned in several songs by artists like Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Charlie Daniels.
8. The Bluetick is not an apartment dog. They generally need lots of room to run.
9. This dog does well around children of all ages, but should always be supervised.
10. The little known sequel to Old Yeller, Savage Sam is a novel about Old Yeller’s son who happens to be a Bluetick Coonhound (even though Old Yeller was technically a Black Mouth Cur).