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Gun Dog: Are Bluetick Coonhounds Good Dogs for Family Pets?

By    |   Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 11:17 PM

Whether you're looking for a family pet or a hunting companion, bluetick coonhounds are attractive solution for many, especially those who like to combine the best of both worlds – a reliable family pet and a fearless gun dog with the stamina to hunt across long distances.

Like all larger dogs, there are health issues associated with bluetick coonhounds. Most conditions are simply caused by old age and cannot be prevented. However, with grooming, a nutritious diet, and regular exercise, there is no reason why your bluetick coonhound will not reach its allotted lifespan of 11 to 12 years. Here are some of the reasons why bluetick coonhounds make ideal family pets.

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1. Temperament
An intelligent breed noted for its devotion to its family, experts consider it an ideal companion dog that will act as a guardian for the home and its residents, according to Dog Breed Info Center. However, it is recommended that your bluetick coonhound is socialized at an early age to ensure that it plays friendly with small kids and other family pets.

2. Appearance and Grooming
Bluetick coonhounds have the classic pleading expression common to many hound dogs, which is part of their charm, according to Vetstreet. They require little in the way of grooming, but pay particular attention to cleaning their ears as these are prone to infection.

3. Energetic and Adaptable
Bluetick coonhounds are not suitable for families that live in small apartments without outdoor access. Bluetick coonhounds require plenty of exercise and enjoy long walks, according to PetWave. Given their energetic nature, it is best to have a large yard and ready access to wide-open spaces.

However remember to keep them on a leash if not trained as a gun dog as they are likely to wander off if they catch a scent there unfamiliar with. They can adapt to almost any environment and can live indoors or outdoors. Do not leave them alone for long periods of time as they pine for their owners.

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