Bluetick Coonhound

45-85 lbs
23-28"
Southern US

The Bluetick Coonhound is a loyal and very intelligent dog who is devoted to its family. They do well living indoors, although they need their exercise. A fully fenced yard is best for these dogs, who can wander away following an interesting scent trail. The Bluetick Coonhound is great with children, although possibly better with older children as they can get quite boisterous and rough when excited. They are friendly and outgoing if they are socialised well when young. The breed is attractive both in appearance and nature. They are well muscled but sleek and racy, never clumsy. As a night hunter, they excel with their keen eyesight and dedication to the hunt. They can be challenging to train for the lazy pet owner, and if not exercised enough can become anxious and even destructive. This breed tends to do best with a bit of land or a decent backyard to move around.  You need to keep in mind that although they are not aggressive to people, they should not be trusted around cats or other small animals as they are trained to hunt. Once they are fully trained, they are very obedient and listen to the owners.

Purpose
hunting
Date of Origin
1940s
Ancestry
foxhounds, curs, french hounds, english coonhounds

Bluetick Coonhound Health

Sketch of Bluetick Coonhound
Average Size
Male Bluetick Coonhound size stats
Height: 24-30 inches Weight: 55-100 lbs
Female Bluetick Coonhound size stats
Height: 23-28 inches Weight: 45-85 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Bluetick Coonhound Breed History

The Bluetick Coonhound originated in Louisiana 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. Bred to hunt, they excelled at tracking, especially at night. As their name implies, they were originally bred to hunt raccoons, and a good hound dog would follow their quarry until the animal was treed and then sit under the tree, howling until the owners caught up. Unlike fox hunting, the owners did not keep up with the dog, they held back and listened for the distinctive baying and howling and then located the prey. The Bluetick Coonhound had a keen sense of smell and was also used to hunt opossums, bobcats and even larger prey such as cougars and bears. The Coonhound was proficient at hunting alone or as part of a pack. In the early days of colonization, this breed was kept busy in the Southern states, mainly as a hunting dog but then as a companion in the fields and rural areas. They were registered originally in the United Kennel Club under the English Foxhound and Coonhound but were recognised by the club as a separate breed in 1946. Ranking 119th on the current list of breeds in the American Kennel Club, the Bluetick Coonhound became a member of the Hound Group in 2009.

Bluetick Coonhound Breed Appearance

The Bluetick Hound is a handsome animal, with their unique tri-colored coat and sleek, muscular body shape. The coat is a dark blue in color, with black spots on the back, ears, and sides. The ticking is composed of black hairs on a white background which produces the blue effect. They have a broad head with a domed skull. The ears are thin, floppy, silky and set low on the head. The ears of the Coonhound are predominantly black, as is the head. Some dogs can have tan markings around the eyes, cheeks, chest and below the tail, and red ticking on the feet and lower legs. With beautiful pleading eyes that are round and colored a dark brown, the eyes are large and wide set. The tail is carried high and tapers to a fine point. With long, muscular hind legs and feet that are compact with well arched toes, they are a distinctive dog in appearance and gentle and loyal by nature in personality.

Appearance of Bluetick Coonhound
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bluetick Coonhound eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bluetick Coonhound nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Bluetick Coonhound coat
Blue
brindle Bluetick Coonhound coat
Brindle
fawn Bluetick Coonhound coat
Fawn
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Short Medium Long
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Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Bluetick Coonhound straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bluetick Coonhound Breed Maintenance

The Bluetick Coonhound is easy to maintain with occasional brushing of the coat to keep it shiny and clean, and a monthly bath or when needed will suffice. They are low droolers but may need the occasional face wipe to save the furniture or clothes. While friendly and devoted dogs, they do need to exercise daily to burn off their energy and do best on a leash so that they are not sidetracked by interesting smells. As they walk, they do love to stick their long thin snouts into everything. They are not good apartment dogs, as they need room to roam, but are well behaved indoors and just love hanging out with their owners. They respond well to training, although they can lose focus if an interesting scent takes their attention. Great with children, being a solid dog, they can be a bit rough with younger children (not intentionally, it is just their size and energy).

Brushes for Bluetick Coonhound
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Bluetick Coonhound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bluetick Coonhound Temperament

The Bluetick Coonhound is a lovable, if somewhat goofy, dog who is an adorable companion canine. They are very devoted to their owners and are guardians of the family and home. If socialised well when a puppy, they will grow to be friendly and welcoming of strangers. They are a dog that has been bred specifically to hunt, so care needs to be taken with non-canine animals. It is best to raise a cat and the dog together from a young age so that they bond. They can be a handful to train, often getting distracted by interesting scents that they would prefer to follow, but firmness and patience will achieve the result. They do need a strong owner who is the pack leader. The Bluetick Coonhound is fit and resilient, and a great hunter and tracking dog. This breed is best on a leash to prevent them catching a scent and disappearing. Loyal and true, they require space to exercise and preferably a good long walk each day. They also have a rather loud baying cry rather than a bark, which may affect your neighborhood relationships.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Bluetick Coonhound Popularity

Popularity ranking
#121
Popular Hybrids

Bluetick Coonhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.75 - $2.25
Monthly Cost
$52.50 - $67.50

Bluetick Coonhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Bluetick Coonhound at six months
Male Bluetick Coonhound size stats at six months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Bluetick Coonhound size stats at six months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 35 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Bluetick Coonhound at 12 months
Male Bluetick Coonhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 52 lbs
Female Bluetick Coonhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 42 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Bluetick Coonhound at 18 months
Male Bluetick Coonhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 77 lbs
Female Bluetick Coonhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 65 lbs

Top Bluetick Coonhound Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Bluetick Coonhound breeders of 2018.
Top Bluetick Coonhound breeder Bluetick 1 Kennels
Bluetick 1 Kennels
Stover, South Carolina
Top Bluetick Coonhound breeder House of Blueticks
House of Blueticks
Plant City, Florida
Top Bluetick Coonhound breeder Tells bluetick kennel
Tells bluetick kennel
Fort Valley, Georgia
Top Bluetick Coonhound breeder Backwoods Blueticks
Backwoods Blueticks
Lake Alfred, Florida
Top Bluetick Coonhound breeder Go Hard or Go Home Bluetick kennel
Go Hard or Go Home Bluetick kennel
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Top Bluetick Coonhound breeder Davis Branch Blueticks
Davis Branch Blueticks
Shelbyville, Tennessee
Top Bluetick Coonhound breeder Teslin River Blueticks
Teslin River Blueticks
Spokane, Washington
Top Bluetick Coonhound breeder BlackJack BlueTick Kennel
BlackJack BlueTick Kennel
Greenville, North Carolina

Bluetick Coonhound Owner Experiences

6 Years
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Explore the city
Eating Snacks
Learn a new trick
The blue tick that I walk, Hester, was obviously chalk full of intelligence. She could easily learn a new trick in a single session. He was full of excitement, highly food motivated, and very attentive. When I arrived she was at the door making all sorts of noise, spinning in circles, and when absolutely bonkers when I introduced the leash to the mix. Because of her intelligence (and her love of treats) getting the leash on her was a lot easier than I expected. Once she got outside she was ready to take on the world and FAST. She raced around sniffing everything within her leash's range, quickly peed, and continued right on rapidly sniffing. I kept treats on hand for her in order to keep her from going overboard with the sniffing and pulling. We ended up walking to a park near her house in order to get some good smells and have a little more space to roam; it seemed like she needed it. It was there that I discovered that she has a tendency to be aggressive toward smaller dogs. A man was letting his dog roam off-leash in the park and the pup ran up to Hester. She bared her teeth for a moment. Fortunately I was able to put myself between her and the little dog in time to prevent matters from getting worse and giving the man enough time to call his dog back to him. After this we left the park in case any other bold and friendly dogs attempted to say hello to Hester. It is unfortunate that she can't be trusted around other dogs, particularly if they are smaller than her, but her skills nevertheless are plentiful in other avenues. The rest of the walk we worked on leash skills and took several breaks for other tricks. She seems to really adore working on new tricks, getting treats, and using her brain. Besides our scary moment in the park, both Hester and I had a fantastic time with one another. I enjoy working tricks and she certainly enjoyed showing me what she had. We almost mastered "spin around" on our walk, but it seemed there was too much stimulus outside in order to get her to focus on the trick close enough. She really is a beautiful girl and just so impressively intelligent. I hope to walk her in the future now that I understand more about her skills and limitations.
10 months ago
4 Years
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Go to Park
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Catch treats
Agility training
Nose work
Magnus was absolutely buzzing upon my arrival. He's both a talker and a jumper, but he's also a clever boy. Through his jumping and spinning and barking, with persistence I did manage to get him to sit down long enough to snap his leash on. He's a good walker, but because he is particularly interested in smelling everything, he's a puller. As is typical in these cases, I kept a short leash and worked with him on leash skills. Fortunately Magnus has a fondness for compliments, treats, and attention so working on his skills was something that he took a particular interest in. His focus, however, absolutely dissipated upon spotting a rat; he wanted nothing more than to nose among the waste bins. I had to absolutely pry him away from the location. Though the walk was nearly finished already, regaining his focus after the thrill was difficult.
10 months ago
2 Years
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Chase
Fetch
He was a very friendly very energetic dog, he wasn't super consistent with listening to commands. He love love loves a good game of chase, and needed a lot of exercise to burn off all his energy.
10 months ago
Blackjack blue Solid Rock
5 Years
2 People
House
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Coon hunting for competition
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1 year ago
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