Facts & Origin
Bluetick Rat Terrier: A charming mix of Bluetick Coonhound and Rat Terrier.
The Bluetick Rat Terr ier is an unusual but captivating cross between the powerful Bluetick Coonhound and the agile Rat Terrier. With a combination of energy, intelligence and adaptability, this mixed breed dog is both an alert companion and a tenacious hunter.
Origin of the Bluetick Rat Terrier
The exact origin of the Bluetick Rat Terrier, as with many designer breeds, is not precisely determined. The mix combines the characteristics of the Bluetick Coonhound, a breed originating in the United States known for its tracking and hunting abilities, and the Rat Terrier, a smaller but lively and intelligent breed originally bred for hunting rodents and other pests.
Overall, the Bluetick Rat Terrier is a versatile and charming mixed breed that requires an active lifestyle and loving care. With proper training and socialization, this mix can become a loyal and lively companion.
|Life expectancy||11 - 18 years|
|Activity level||high - average|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
In terms of temperament, Bluetick Rat Terriers are generally lively, alert and affectionate. They are also known to be intelligent and adaptive, which makes training easier. However, they also have strong hunting instincts and an independent streak, which can sometimes lead to training challenges. Early socialization and consistent, positive reinforcement are therefore important.
Suitability and attitude
The Bluetick Rat Terrier is ideal for active individuals or families looking for an energetic and adaptable dog. These dogs require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation, so an active lifestyle is beneficial. They can do well living in an apartment or in a house with a yard, as long as they get enough exercise and activity.
Care and health
Grooming a Bluetick Rat Terrier is generally straightforward. Their coat only requires moderate grooming, with regular brushing helping to remove dead hair and keep the coat healthy. They should also receive regular dental cleanings and nail trims.
Health-wise, they may be susceptible to some of the same conditions that affect their parent breeds , including joint problems, heart problems and certain eye problems. A responsible breeder should perform health screenings to reduce the likelihood of such problems.
What does this mixed breed look like?
The appearance of the Bluetick Rat Terrier can vary greatly, depending on the genetic influences of the parents. Generally, they have a small to medium build with a muscular frame. Their coats can be a variety of colors, but they are often blue or black with white and brown markings, similar to the Bluetick Coonhound.
Hip dysplasia (HD)
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.
Gastric torsion is a disease in which the stomach rotates around its own longitudinal axis. The cause of the disease is not known.
Patellar luxation is the term used to describe a displacement of the kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs.
This mix is very energetic, playful and outgoing towards people.
This hybrid breed requires at least one hour of exercise per day, although it is recommended to provide more (both physical and mental stimulation).
This hybrid breed can have a variety of colors, often ones that look similar to the Bluetick Coonhound.
They need regular brushing.