The Bluetick Coonhound, which originated in Louisiana, was developed from the Bleu de Gascogne hound of southwest France, as well as the English Foxhound, the cur dog, the American Foxhound, and the Black And Tan Virginia Foxhound. Originally, Bluetick Coonhounds were registered in the United Kennel Club under the English Foxhound and Coonhound, but were recognized by the club as a separate breed in 1946. Bluetick Coonhounds are also recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council and the New Zealand Kennel Club. In April 2009 the breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club and in December 2009 they became eligible to compete in AKC coonhound events.The American Blue Gascon is a subgroup of bluetick coonhounds that is larger, heavier, and more “houndy” looking than the standard bluetick. American Blue Gascons are often referred to as “old-fashioned” blueticks. This is due to their appearance and “colder” nose, or slower style of tracking, compared to other modern coonhound breeds. The picture here appears to be of a female American Blue Gascon. Bluetick Coonhounds are gentle with children and loyal, loving pets, but they can be challenging to train. They are the breed least likely to be aggressive to people, but they should not be trusted around cats or other small animals. They are, like their hound counterparts, very intelligent breeds, with an uncanny knack for problem-solving. This can be particularly problematic if they are confined to a household or too small a yard, and one should give this breed plenty of space. Once trained, the breed is very mindful of its owner. Breed will drool occasionally. They are very loud, constant, and howling barkers. They are bred to be working hunting dogs and can be a challenge to lazy pet owners. In normal conditions the dog is excellent around families and children. Once trained, they are mindful, friendly dogs. However, their noses will keep them in trouble, so food and garbage should not ever be left out unattended. Often mistaken for aggressiveness, the breed will “greet” strangers with its signature howl and will sniff the subject until satisfied. Usually this is just the way the breed gets to know its subjects. Since Blueticks are driven by their strong sense of smell, they make excellent hunting/tracking dogs. They will tree any animal that is small and handle the best of the coon hound breeds. Data refer : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetick_Coonhound BlueTick Coonhound Dog Club Data American Blue Gascon Hound Association – Breeding and preserving the breed. Photographs and breed standard. Bear Brook Blueticks – Deerfield, NH. Offers a list of available puppies, pictures, training tips, and links. Bluetick Coonhound Breeders of America – National organization sponsoring hunts. Offers news, links, and membership information. Mendocino Kennels – Treeing Walker Coonhound breeder, also dogs and equipment for sale. Walkers, Plotts, Black and Tans, Redbones, Blueticks and English hounds. Photo gallery, club listings and breed information.