The Bluetick Coonhound Harrier is a mix between Bluetick Coonhounds and Harriers. These dogs are pack-oriented pets and bred to be outgoing, friendly, and devoted to their owners. They require a moderate amount of exercise and a lot of human attention. They have an average life span of between 11 to 12 years, weight of 45 to 100 pounds, and height of 19 to 30 inches. Bluetick Coonhound Harriers look like athletic hounds with a short-haired coat that is course, “blue” in color (molten or speckled) with heavy tan and white markings. They are moderated shedders and have a tendency for drooling. Because the Bluetick Coonhound Harrier is a relatively new breed, it is not completely stabilized in appearance and personality. As a result, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) roster of purebred dogs.
The name Bluetick Coonhound Harrier is a combination of the two parent breed names: the Bluetick Coonhound and the Harrier. The Bluetick Coonhound originated in the southern United States and descended from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, also known as the French Staghound, and the English Foxhound. It was classified as an English Coonhound and used for trailing and hunting. However, in the mid-1940s, American breeders in Louisiana and Tennessee started breeding it to be larger and better at cold-trailing. Eventually, the Bluetick Coonhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1946, but only recently by the AKC in 2009. There are many theories as to how the Bluetick Coonhound Harrier’s other parent, the Harrier, came to be. Many believe the earliest Harrier came from a mix of Blood, Talbot, and Basset Hounds. In England, where the Harrier breed was developed to hunt hare and foxes, a pack of Harrier-type dogs was established as early as 1260. Somewhere along the line, Harriers were bred with English Foxhounds. Harriers came to North American as early as the 1700s and were registered by the AKC in 1885, but never became a popular breed despite their friendly disposition. There is no exact date of origin for the Bluetick Coonhound Harrier, but its parent breeds are likely to have been mated sometime after the 1940s in the United States. It is a typically large to medium-sized dog that is good natured like both its Harrier and Coonhound ancestors. Currently, the Bluetick Coonhound Harrier is not recognized by the AKC. As such, breeders should be thoroughly researched if you are considering purchasing a Bluetick Coonhound Harrier puppy through them.
Bluetick Coonhound Harriers are taller than they are long with muscular hindquarters. Generally, they are large to medium-sized and look like athletic hounds. Their average weight ranges widely from 45 to 100 pounds, as does their average height from 19 to 30 inches tall. Their coat, like Bluetick Coonhounds, is blue (mottled or speckled) or black and white with tan markings. However, the Harrier’s traditionally lighter color base generates more white and tan elements in the hybrid breed. Bluetick Coonhound Harriers have attentive and sweet expressions, low-set floppy ears, slightly rectangular muzzles that end in a dark nose, and medium-sized eyes that are usually brown. They have medium length tails that are fully covered in its short coat and rounded paws with thick pads for pursuing game through the woods.
The Bluetick Coonhound Harrier is known to be outgoing, friendly, and devoted to its owners. It is very human and pack-oriented. This breed likes moderate exercise, but loves being at home with its owner and other family members playing or relaxing. These dogs are prone to being bored because of their intelligence and require quite a bit of interaction – both playful and affectionate – to remain entertained. They can also be very vocal, having inherited baying from both parent breeds. As such, Bluetick Coonhound Harriers will “tell” you if they aren’t happy with a situation. This breed can be hesitant around strangers or chase small pets and children, so it is best to supervise them with new friends – furry or otherwise. Early training and socialization can help do away with some of these undesirable traits. Overall, Bluetick Coonhound Harriers are lovable family dogs who speak their minds but are eager to please their packs.
Because the Bluetick Coonhound Harriers comes from one high energy breed and one medium energy breed, it falls somewhere in the middle. They should have at least one moderate to long walk a day, paired with attention and playtime with their owners. Bluetick Coonhound Harriers thrive in all climates and can be happy in urban, suburban or rural environments if they receive enough attention and moderate exercise. This breed has a strong impulse to wander and chase animals, so it should be closely monitored in off-leash areas. Bluetick Coonhound Harriers are very people-oriented and love to bond with their owners and family members by relaxing and playing whenever they get a chance.