Bluetick Coonhounds are athletic and hardy.
They are working dogs that need a job - such as hunting, obedience or agility - to stay happy. Their short, glossy coat requires only occasional baths and brushing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Bluetick Coonhound is a large breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Their short, glossy coat requires only occasional baths and brushing. Using a curry comb and soft bristle brush should do the trick. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their long pendulous ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
The droopy-eared charm of scenthounds is irresistible, and easygoing, friendly Bluetick Coonhounds are no exception. They crave affection and become deeply devoted to those who provide it, especially kids. To the uninitiated, coonhounds can give the impression of being lazy (they have, after all, perfected napping as something of an art form). But Blueticks have tremendous prey drive—relentless, bold, single-minded. Neglected, underemployed coonhounds with no outlet for their hardwired impulses can develop problem behaviors, like serenading the neighbors with loud, mournful “music.”
Bluetick Coonhound &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Bluetick Coonhounds are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Bluetick Coonhound can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.