The Bluetick Coonhound is a natural hunter and they are great tracking and tracing dogs. The Bluetick Coonhounds are a friendly dog and they are loyal and protective of their family. They do not trust strangers and they are known as aggressive dogs.
Blue tick Coonhounds are good watchdogs. They need a lot of space so they often do not make good apartment dogs. They can be kept indoors but they do best when they are outdoors.
They are considered healthy dogs but they do have some health problems. They do get cataracts, hip dysphasia and Krabbes disease. They will get overweight easily if they do not get plenty of exercise.
Hip dysphasia is very common in Bluetick Coonhounds. They will also get elbow dysphasia. Before you get a Bluetick Coonhound make sure its hips are healthy. The dog should be OFA certified and his parents should also be OFA certified. This will lessen the chance your dog will develop hip dysphasia.
Bluetick Coonhounds also develop eye problems. The most common problems with their eyes are eyelid problems known as entropion and ectropion.
When your dog has entropion his eyelid will roll inward. Sometimes it happens when the dog is very young and sometimes it develops when the dog is older. It is believed by some people that this disease is inherited. It usually affects the lower eyelid but it can affect the upper eyelids. The problem is usually corrected d by surgery.
When your dog has ectropion the eyelid rolls outward and this problem can be successfully treated but severe cases may have to be treated with surgery.
Cherry eye is another eye problem you dog may develop. You will see a red lump in the corner of his eye. There are many ways to treat cherry eye and your veterinarian will prescribe the correct treatment of your dog.
The Bluetick Coonhound is prone to ear infections because of his long ears which are also very heavy. Their ears are prone to bacteria and fungus infections. If you suspect your dog has an ear problems take him to the veterinarian immediately.
You must check your dog’s long ears on a regular basis to make sure nothing has got into his ears. If something gets in your dog’s ears do not try to take it out yourself but take him to the veterinarian to have it removed and get his ears cleaned.
Bluetick Coonhounds are prone to gastrointestinal syndrome sometimes called bloat. This is a very dangerous problem and your dog will need immediate treatment by a veterinarian as bloat can cause death if not treated.
Bluetick Coonhounds also get skin diseases and allergies. They have heavy skin folds that can get bacterial infections. They can also have a problem where their blood does not clot properly.
Bluetick Coonhounds need to be groomed and checked everyday for any problems they might have. Watch their diet so they do not get overweight. Feed your dog a healthy diet and keep him healthy and happy.
If you get your Bluetick Coonhound from a reputable breeder you can eliminate some of these inherited disease that run in certain bloodlines.