Here’s a photo from way back in 1962 when I was a young fella of 24 years. These were my very first hounds, Rock and Boots. Rock, on the left, was a good coon, bobcat, and gray fox dog; but he wanted nothing whatever to do with a bear. Boots, the blue tick on the right, had never been hunted on anything but coons when I got him as a young hound, but he eventually became a good bear dog. If there is such a thing as a hound being to cold nosed, Boots was it. “Cold nosed” refers to a hounds ability to smell and work a cold track. Boots could be called extremely cold nosed. What is the point of a hound being able to work a 3 day old bear track, if the bear could already be in the next county? I had to be careful of the tracks I put him on.