Meet the breed: Bluetick Coonhound

Apr 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. ET
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Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We're here to help you meet the breed that's right for you. If you're looking for a hardworking dog for hunting and to bring into the family, find out everything you need to know about the Bluetick Coonhound.


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The official state dog of Tennessee, the Bluetick Coonhound is a natural hunting dog. Bred from the French Staghound and English Foxhound, the Bluetick was created for slow and steady hunting. Named after their blue coat with small black ticks, these dogs loves to hunt raccoons and other small animals. Cold-nosed dogs, these pups are in need of a working man's schedule.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Hound
  • UKC group: Sighthound
  • Average lifespan: 11 - 12 years
  • Average size: 45 - 80 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Short and glossy
  • Coloration: Blue, blue with black ticks
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Stout, muscular body; dark brown, round, wide-set eyes; squared muzzle and broad head; black, cold nose; thin, low ears. high, curved tail with straight athletic legs
  • Possible alterations: Possible tricoloration, short howl

Is this breed right for you?

Especially good with older children, the Bluetick Coonhound will do well with a family that lives on a larger piece of fenced-in land and enjoys to hunt. An athletic dog, hunters like his sturdy body and loyal personality. Alert and attentive, this breed works well in all terrains and weather, and has especially good vision at night.

Bluetick characteristics

A dream day in the life of a Bluetick Coonhound

Up bright and early with his owner, the Bluetick Coonhound is ready for a hard day's work. On the trail, regardless of the weather, he's in search of prey. Likely to jump into a river or climb a tree if need be, he'll get whatever he's been tasked with. Back home, he'll chow down on dinner and be ready for another run outside. He enjoys being part of the gang and will follow his family wherever they go, from sun up to sun down.

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