Bluetick Rat Terrier

38-60 lbs
United States
Bluetick Coonhound
Rat Terrier

A Bluetick Rat Terrier is the sweet, easy-going, and curious hybrid mix of a Bluetick Coonhound and Rat Terrier. These dogs are intelligent and highly trainable human companions. Bluetick Rat Terriers require a significant amount of exercise and affection from their owners. They have a relatively long life span of 13 to 17 years, weight of 38 to 60 pounds, and height of 19 to 23 inches. Bluetick Rat Terriers typically look like lanky Hounds with Terrier-like features. As their name suggests, they often have a “blue” molten or speckled coat, but can also inherit a white and black coat with tan markings from their Rat Terrier parent breed. Because the Bluetick Rat Terrier is a relatively new hybrid breed, it is not completely stabilized in appearance and personality and are not recognized by the American Kennel Club list of purebred dogs.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Bluetick Coonhound, Rat Terrier

Bluetick Rat Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Bluetick Rat Terrier size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 38-60 lbs
Female Bluetick Rat Terrier size stats
Height: 19-22 inches Weight: 38-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually Very Healthy
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Ear Examination
  • Orthopedic
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)

Bluetick Rat Terrier Breed History

The Bluetick Coonhound is thought to have come from the southern United States and descended from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and the English Foxhound. It was classified as an English Coonhound and used for hunting and following prey. In the mid-1940s, American breeders in Louisiana and Tennessee started breeding it to be larger and better at cold-trailing. The Bluetick Coonhound was eventually recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1946, but only in 2009 by the American Kennel Club. The Bluetick Rat Terrier’s other parent breed, the Rat Terrier, is an American breed and a mix of many Terriers including Fox Terriers and other European Terriers. It was bred in the early 1900s to hunt and kill pests on farms. It was later crossed with Beagles, Whippets, and Greyhounds to improve the breed’s speed and sense of smell.  The genetic diversity of the Rat Terrier makes it a very healthy breed. However, the use of chemical pesticides led to a decline in the breed after the 1950s. Today, the Rat Terrier is not widely popular, but is a beloved companion dog known for its robust health and affectionate demeanor. The product of these two breeds, the Bluetick Rat Terrier, is a relatively new hybrid with no exact date of origin. Though its personality and appearance isn’t totally stabilized, it is known to be relaxed, sweet, and curious. It is not currently recognized by the AKC. Therefore, Bluetick Rat Terrier breeders should be thoroughly researched if you are considering purchasing a puppy from them – though this breed might be more commonly found in adoption and rescue centers.

Bluetick Rat Terrier Breed Appearance

A Bluetick Rat Terrier typically looks like a lanky hound with some Terrier facial features. It is a medium-sized dog with long legs and muscular hindquarters. Their average weight is 38 to 60 pounds and their average height is 19 to 23 inches tall. Their coat is reminiscent of its Bluetick Coonhound parent breed: blue (mottled or speckled) or black and white with tan markings. As a rule, it is short, dense, and coarse. Bluetick Rat Terriers have a sweet, yet alert expression, triangle-shaped ears, a rectangular muzzle, and round eyes that are usually dark brown. They also have a medium-length, tapered tail and sturdy, rounded paws with durable pads.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bluetick Rat Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bluetick Rat Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Bluetick Rat Terrier coat
black Bluetick Rat Terrier coat
white Bluetick Rat Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Bluetick Rat Terrier straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bluetick Rat Terrier Breed Maintenance

Bluetick Rat Terriers are moderate shedders and require occasional grooming. They are not hypoallergenic, and thus are not suitable for owners with allergies. Owners can reduce shedding and keep their pet’s coat looking great by occasional brushing and giving their Bluetick Rat Terrier monthly baths. Because ear infections are a common concern for this breed, owners should give special attention to inspecting for and cleaning wax buildup every time they are washed. Like all breeds, Bluetick Rat Terriers should have their teeth brushed daily and nails clipped once or twice a month to prevent painful overgrowth or nail splitting.

Brushes for Bluetick Rat Terrier
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Bluetick Rat Terrier requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bluetick Rat Terrier Temperament

The Bluetick Rat Terrier is known to be a sweet and lovable pet. They are home and people oriented dogs that love being around family. They crave affirmation, as well as mental stimulation and physical exercise. As such, they require quite a bit of attention and playful participation from their owners. On the flipside, Bluetick Rat Terriers are hesitant of strangers – human or otherwise – but will warm up quickly if given the chance. In general, they are a calm and gentle breed. They do get very excited, however, when small animals or children rouse their hunting instinct or they are tempted by an enticing scent. Consequently, they may be better suited for families with older children. Keep in mind that Bluetick Rat Terriers are descendants of the most trainable Terrier breed, and early disciple and socialization can help develop a very well-adjusted pet. Note also that Bluetick Rat Terriers are occasional barkers and very sensitive to environmental or routine changes. 

Bluetick Rat Terrier Activity Requirements

The Bluetick Rat Terrier is a playful and an athletic breed that requires both mental and physical stimulation to remain happy and healthy. They should have one a long walk a day or a vigorous play session with their owner or other dogs. Accordingly, this breed would be happy in any climate if it has people to socialize with and space to run around in such as a suburban or rural household with a large, enclosed yard. Keep in mind, however, that Bluetick Rat Terriers are prone to wandering and chasing smaller animals, so they should always be monitored if let off leash. Though owners must be diligent about exercising their Bluetick Rat Terriers outdoors, they are primarily indoor dogs. Thus, Bluetick Rat Terriers enjoy relaxing with their owners and family indoors.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Bluetick Rat Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Bluetick Rat Terrier Owner Experiences

10 Years
4 People
Playing fetch
She is very smart and so in tune with me, that she can tell if im going to have a panick attack way before i do.
6 years, 3 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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