Origin: United States
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 11-12 years
Weight: Male: 25-35, Female: 20-30
Height: Male: 22-27, Female: 21-25
Origin of Name: The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed of coonhound originating in the United States.
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Hunting Dogs were classified as bred to chase a hot-blooded mine. The hound can be either "sithound" or "schenhound". SIIIounds (Whippets and Greyhounds, for example) use keen vision and speed to pursue and chase prey. The Schnaudes - whether an animal chasing a rabbit, or a bloodless one on human odor - uses a supernatural meaning of smell to follow the trail to some distance to locate its mine. Blueticks and their coon-dog cousins are scenthounds.
Like all Coinhound breeds, the Bluckett is an American creation. The bloody bloodlines are said to extend back before the founding of the country, particularly the French staguides given to George Washington as a gift from his great friend, the Marquis de Lafayette. These were huge, beautiful dogs, easy to walk. Breeders mixed with some other hound breeds to develop a high-endurance and meticulous predator with a "cold nose" in some English foxhounds. (This is the coon-hunter lingo that is capable of working a dog, which works for hours, even older, odor trails.)
These early bluesets were used by frontiersmen in search of the Willie raccoon, but were often expected to serve as big game hunters on such dangerous mines as bears, wild boars, lynxes, and cougars. In the early 20th century, Fred Gipson, the author of "Old Yeller", wrote of a line of famous bluesetics: "In this reproduction he has found a large, bell-sounding hound with a nose, a week old. Maybe Scar, the endurance to steer a maneuver for 30 hours, and the courageous courage he will have to deal with anything that will not take a tree before capturing it.
The breed has changed little since the time of Jipson. Blueticks are still a hunter's delight, and they are still fixtures in southern culture. Since 1953, Bluetick Coonhound has been the sports mascot of the University of Tennessee.