Spotlight Breed: The BlueTick
Why We Love Them: There is greatness
in all dogs and all breeds. There is a quality about a blue tick coonhound
that just puts a catch in your heart. It may be the incongruity of the
breed - here is a dog with the endurance and fortitude to trail and track
all night, the intelligence and instinct to follow a lead across
miles of unfamiliar mountains, and the uncanny ability to turn up the next
morning - with torn pads and ears - in the same spot where the hunt began,
waiting stoically for his human to find him.
Seemingly imperturbable with their doleful expressions and
simple needs, they are also almost heartbreakingly vulnerable - as if
their contentment with humble fare is a defense against the possibility
that there may never be more offered. But nothing compares to the adoring
look in those houndly eyes, nor the profound sigh of bliss when that large
head is lowered onto your lap to receive gentle petting. Euphoric appreciation
attends every meal placed before a coon hound, and there is
not another dog we know who can appreciate with such utter abandon the exquisite
comfort of a soft, fleecy bed.
In these gentle giants' demeanor there are recognition and
abject gratitude for the love they inspire in a human heart. Coonhounds
bond in a deep and undemanding manner. Their easy-going personalities help
them settle into the rhythms of home life easily and naturally, and they
are perfect examples of how to make the most of any situation - from down
time to play time - no dog sleeps better, bounds into the car more joyously,
endures more patiently, or loves more faithfully than a blue
THE NOT-SO-HARD FACTS
(Much of the information below was taken verbatim from an EXCELLENT
article on bluetick coonhounds by Ruth Clark Hoffmann! A link to that article,
a MUST-READ, is below. )
The bluetick coonhound was developed through crossing among various hounds
especially for the hunting of raccoons.
Height: dogs 22 to 27 inches, females 20 to 25 inches.
Weight: dogs 55 to 80 pounds, females 45 to 65 pounds.
Face: They have typical hound looks with an elongated head, pendent
ears, and a tail carried horizontally.
Coat: of medium length, soft, sleek, and shiny. They have a light colored
base thickly speckled with blue with large markings over their bodies and
Personality: Originally bred
for hunting; kind with children.
Their personalities -- why people love them
Why they aren't for everyone
- They also are very people-oriented, and like to be doing
something for you
- They are loving, gentle, and good with small children --
most of them love children!
- They are very affectionate, and can take all the petting
you can dish out. They like to be talked to. At the same time, they are
usually not very demanding, and are content to lie at your feet. (You
may trip on them frequently.)
- They make good "watchdogs", because they will raise the
roof when a stranger approaches your house. At the same time, since they
are people-lovers, they don't have the protection instincts of some other
breeds, and rarely bite.
- They are paradoxical; they will put up with a good deal
of pain, if they are doing something they want to do, and are also very
sensitive. They get their feelings hurt easily. When they are unhappy,
they are miserable.
- Although they have a lot of energy, they also have relaxed
and tolerant attitudes. Once trained, you can take them anywhere, and
they will usually be fine, not to mention charming the socks off people.
- They have very expressive faces, and "body language." They
like to communicate.
- They are born hunters and will hunt cats, mice and other
small creatures. It's in their nature.
- They must be securely fenced because their hunting instinct
causes them to roam.
- They normally need leash training because their hunting
instinct causes them to pull when they catch a scent.
- They need a fair amount of exercise and something to do,
and do best with another dog in the house.
- They are bored easily, and if they don't have something
to keep them occupied, they can get into things, climb fences or re-do
- They have magnificent loud voices and your neighbors will
hear them when they decide to "bawl."
Is a Coonhound the dog for you? You might
be a good match if you...
- Have secure fencing
- Are willing to commit to obedience training
- Have another dog
- Are home for much of the day
- Have tolerant neighbors or a bit of land so when your Coonhound
talks, they don't always have to listen
- Want to understand what true love and devotion really mean
Other Resources on Bluetick Coonhounds:
Ruth Clark Hoffmann article:
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