11–12 years old
The first hunting dogs came to the New World during colonization in the 18th century. There is a legend according to which all coonhounds raccoon hounds trace their ancestry from the pets of George Washington, foxhounds and French hounds. However, according to research, these dogs appeared in the United States even before the first president was elected. And in their veins, in addition to the blood of French and English hunting dogs, the blood of Bloodhounds flows Belgian hounds.
Coonhounds are a large group of American hounds. It includes seven breeds, but only one is officially recognized by the International Cynological Federation the black and tan coonhound.
The Louisiana Speckled Coonhound is descended from the Great Blue Gascon Hound and the American and English Fox Terriers.
The Mottled Blue Coonhound, like all dogs of this breed group, is extremely intelligent and loyal to its owner. However, he does not require constant attention from the owner. If he is busy, the pet will find something to his liking.
Intelligent Coonhounds do not trust strangers, are wary of contact with them and rarely get to know each other first. In order for the dog to grow up sociable, the owner must socialize the puppy, educate him from an early age. If the owner has no training experience, you should contact a professional cynologist.
With proper upbringing, the speckled blue coonhound gets along well with children, but a lot depends on the behavior of the child the baby must know the rules for communicating with pets. A patient babysitter from a coonhound is unlikely to succeed.
Well-developed hunting instincts make representatives of the breed not the best neighbors for small animals. But with their relatives, they get along easily and peacefully.
Grooming the short coat of the Mottled Blue Coonhound is extremely easy. You need to comb it every week with a medium-hard brush or a rubber glove. In this way, you will remove the fallen hairs from the body of the animal. As a result, his coat will be shiny, and his appearance will be well-groomed.
We must also not forget about the hygiene of the teeth, ears and eyes of the pet. They are inspected weekly, washed and cleaned as needed.
Conditions of detention
Mottled blue coonhound hunting dog. This should not be forgotten, because it determines the lifestyle and needs. Pet needs long exhausting walks. It is important to offer him not only running and fetching, but also various exercises to develop agility, strength and speed.
It is considered optimal to keep a speckled blue coonhound in a private house outside the city. But even in the city, the dog will feel great if the owner can provide it with a sufficient level of exercise.