The American Blue Gascon Hound or Bluetick Coonhound - will this dog make a good pet?
The American Blue Gascon Hound is also known as the Bluetick Coonhound, though seems to be a larger version of the same dog. The dog is muscular and built for speed.
He is generally a confident dog, with no signs of nervousness. The coat should be moderately coarse but glossy.
The Bluetick Coonhound has black and white mottling, which makes the coat appear navy blue. More blue than black is preferred on the body, though black should be the main colour on the head and ears.
Bluetick Coonhounds should have tan dots over the eyes.Male coonhounds should be 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh approximately 55 to 80 pounds. Females are smaller, 21 to 25 inches at the shoulder and usually weigh between 45 to 65 pounds.
The dog should be higher at the shoulder than the hips and the breed should have a deep chest that curves into the stomach rather than having an extreme tucked up look.
Their paws are larger than almost all other breeds.
American Gascon blues are larger than standard Blueticks, with males a minimum of 27 inches and a maximum of 30 inches.
See the American Blue Gascon Coonhound Association's breed standard
American Blue Gascon Hound Association
Bluetick Coonhounds and American Blue Gascon Hounds are gentle with children and make loving pets, but they can be challenging to train.
The breed is the one least likely to be aggressive to humans, but cannot be trusted around cats or other small creatures.
They are, like any hound, very intelligent, with a knack for problem-solving. This makes them unsuitable for life in an urban environment and they should be given plenty of space.
They are not a breed for lazy pet owners! They will howl and bark loudly if not given the right exercise and stimulation. They are bred to be working, hunting dogs, not lounge lizards!
Once trained, these dogs are friendly and excellent around families and children. It needs to be remembered that they have a powerful sense of smell and will get into the rubbish given half a chance.
They will greet people with their customary howl and give them a good sniff to decide if they approve.
I have not been able to find any mention of a specific Breed Rescue organisation for this breed, which is generally a good indication that the demand is not there.
This is, of course, a good thing, as the very absence of a breed rescue organisation indicates that this breed rarely ends up in rescue.
I wish the same could be said for other breeds.
Care should be taken when buying a puppy to ensure parents have no indication of
canine hip dysplasia.
Given their droopy eyes, there could be a risk of
and like any large breed, care should be taken to prevent
History and Traits of the American Blue Gascon Hound
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