Wednesday, 21 April 2010
The word “coonhound” is an Americanism coined in 1915-1920 to describe a type of scent hound developed especially for hunting raccoons.
The Bluetick or Blue Tick Hound is a breed of hound which originated in the Southern United States in Louisiana and it is probably derived from English hunting dogs as well as the Grand Bleu de Gascogne ( French Staghound) which were brought to the United States by early settlers. Like many coonhounds, the Bluetick Coonhound gets its name from a coat pattern, which is dark blue in colour and covered in a ticking or mottled pattern. The hounds have an under layer of white fur which is overlaid with dark black specks. The breed also has the characteristic sad eyes and floppy ears of the hound breed, with muscular hindquarters to power the dogs while they are on the trail. Blueticks are known for having the typical coonhound "bawling" bark.