AKC Group: Hound
Bluetick Coonhounds are an American breed several centuries years old. European hounds (namely the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and English Foxhounds) were crossed with American hounds. The result was the Bluetick: combining the scenting instincts of the Old World with the quickness of American dogs. The Bluetick Coonhound is the state dog of Tennessee where it originated to hunt raccoons and small animals.
Size: 21 to 27 inches, 45 to 80 pounds.
Color: Tri-colored and heavily speckled with black over a white body (this gives the coat a “bluish” look).
Life span: 11 to 12 years.
Health problems: Relatively healthy, they are prone to cataracts, hip dysplasia and Krabbes disease (a fatal disease that causes the nervous system to degenerate).
Bluetick Coonhounds have a compact looking body, a glossy coat and keen eyes. His head and tail are always up. A Bluetick is gentle with children and a loyal, loving pet. As a small game hunter, bring home a Bluetick if you have a cat, rabbit or other small pets; a Bluetick can NEVER be trusted. Like a true hound, Blueticks are intelligent and have an ability to problem solve. This will not be a good match for you if you have too small a home or yard for a Bluetick’s liking. Blueticks tend to drool. Blueticks are a challenge to train, howl loudly (they are hounds) and frequently bark. When a Bluetick is trained properly, he will listen to your every command. Blueticks are one of the least aggressive breeds of dog. A final word of warning: Never leave your garbage unsecured or food unattended. The nose of your Bluetick is how he earns his bread and butter.
A weekly brushing will collect his loose hairs. Bathing should be avoided and dry shampooing should be attempted only when necessary. Ears (since his are long and hang down) should be checked regularly and cleaned often. Training should be firm, positive and consistent. Independent thinkers, a Bluetick should never be off leash in the community. Squirrels and cats will instantly be chased up trees. Obedience training and early socialization should be the first items on your Bluetick’s To Do List when he comes home with you.