|Group:||Hounds (Group 4)|
|Club:||Hound Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 4)|
|Contact:||Mrs Susan Santoro|
|Phone:||0416 740 888|
The Coonhounds originated in the seventeenth century in America in colonies of the early white settlers from England who developed them as guard and hunting dogs. They were based on several old hound and other breeds, either brought across with them or imported later. Several varieties developed, all excellent trackers and hunters of both big game and tree dwellers like racoon and possum, which provided food and fur for the settlers. The blueticked variety is now quite popular in America with sportsmen as a “treeing” hunter of racoon.
Average Life Span
When considering a dog please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 12 to 14 years.
Intelligent, pleasing, honest, kind and self-assured.
General Breed Description
A sturdy, powerful dog with strong hunting instinct and easy-going manners who usually gets on well with humans and other dogs. He is a speedy and well-muscled dog, without being chunky. He is active and a determined hunter, but likes to hang around with people, so is an equally fine companion for a day at home or a night of sport on the trail.
The bluetick colour means a flecking of blueish colour on a white background, possibly along with black irregularly shaped spots on the body. A little tan might also be present.
Coat and Care Requirements
The short/medium length coat is smooth and closefitting, and maintained by a good brush weekly with an occasional bath. This is an active hound so he requires moderate exercise regularly, and good security to keep him home.
Height : Males 61 to 76.2cms (24 to 30ins), Females 58.5 to 71cms (23 to 28ins).
Weight: Males 25 to 45.5kgs (55 to 100lbs), Females 20.4 to 38.5kgs (45 to 85lbs).
All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about breed health and what health testing the breeder does.
An excellent dog for active families.
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.
Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.
Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.
Link to ANKC Breed Standard http://ankc.org.au/Breed/Detail/133