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.
Comparing Redbone, Black and Tan, and Bluetick Coonhounds
Each of these breeds was developed for, and requires the same basic skill set to hunt, trail, pursue and tree raccoons. There are six AKC-recognized coonhound breeds, including redbone coonhounds (shown here), which were first developed in the southern United States. If one should aspire to know the history of the Redbone,…
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Popular Dogs: Coonhounds
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