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What Gun Dog Breeders Want Buyers to Know Before Getting a Bluetick Coonhound

By    |   Tuesday, 01 Mar 2016 09:26 AM

Bluetick coonhounds are considered to be among the best dog breeds for hunting. Wide Open Spaces rates blueticks as hunters' ninth favorite breed. Their ultra-sensitive noses, athletic build and determined pursuit of small game and big game alike make them an excellent hunting companion. However, before purchasing a bluetick coonhound pup from a gun dog breeder, buyers should know a few facts about coonhounds.

1. Shedding
Pet Breeds and other pet organizations warn prospective owners that blueticks are known shedders. Their frequent shedding will require you to vacuum carpets and sweep hardwood floors on a regular basis. You will also need to brush your bluetick often. Brushing slows down shedding while cleaning and softening the dog's coat.

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2. Challenge to Train
As a hunting dog, blueticks can be difficult to train and housebreak for some new owners, according to Pet Guide. Blueticks' exceptional noses can leave them frequently distracted by various smells, particularly outdoors. They also can be independent, so it may take more time to house train these dogs than other breeds.

To train coonhounds, be firm but caring and patient. Blueticks don't respond favorably to yelling and harsh language. Use positive reinforcement when coonhounds are obedient, including verbal praise and food rewards.

3. Health Problems
Purebred dogs can incur genetic health issues, according to Vet Street. Blueticks are typically healthy dogs whose lifespan is 11 to 12 years. But coonhounds have been found to suffer lysosomal storage diseases as well as hip dysplasia. Besides potential diseases, their droopy ears can sustain yeast and bacterial infections due to moisture collected during hunts. Clean and dry their ears at least once per week.

4. Highly Active
Bluetick coonhounds are full of energy. Their active nature is one of the primary reasons they make outstanding hunting companions. Blueticks can track prey for hours, even days, during hunting season. Because of their high energy, they need to be exercised every day, according to Pet Breeds. Gun dog owners will have to commit to giving their coonhounds long daily walks, the freedom to run wild in a fenced-in yard and other fitness activities to keep their blueticks in good condition and to help them be content and happy in their home.

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Bluetick coonhounds are considered to be among the best dog breeds for hunting. However, before purchasing a bluetick coonhound pup from a gun dog breeder, buyers should know a few facts about coonhounds.
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