On this site, we are united in our affection and admiration for purebred dogs, but there are subcultures within our “dog culture,” and one of them is the world of Coonhound tracking and hunting. Any niche has its own “lingo,” (if you are a trainspotter, for example, you’ll know what “basher” means), and the Coonhound world is no different.
A “rainbow kennel” may suggest something very different to a one-breed owner, but for the Coonhound hunter who has all seven Coonhound breeds (can you name them?), it’s a reference to his dogs which include an American English Coonhound, a Black and Tan Coonhound, a Bluetick Coonhound, a Redbone Coonhound, a Treeing Walker Coonhound, a Plott, and American Leopard hound
In a Coonhound forum, we came across this question (which was more a complaint): “I have a female walker and was wandering if anybody has a tip they would share on how to get her to stop slick treeing?”
A “slick tree” is a tree with no raccoon or possum in it (also known as a “broom handle”). Sometimes, a hound “slick trees” because he’s really excited and trees too quickly. Sometimes, a hound is actually treeing a field mouse that has scampered up a tree, or they’re following a strong-smelling flying squirrel, and not a raccoon. When a dog spends a lot of time going up an empty tree, it wastes the hunter’s time, and needless to day, hunters take a dim view of it.
“Blue dawgin,” also known as “blueticking,” harkens back to when old strains of Bluetick Coonhounds were famous for being cold-nosed tracking dogs that could track game under the worst of conditions. They ran a track – nose to ground – smelling and scenting, and thus worked at a slow pace.
Needless to say, there are far more terms than is presented here, but we wanted to give you a hint of how different this world can be from our own if we show dogs, compete in agility, herd sheep, or weight pull.