General Information

Dog NameBluetick Coonhound
Other NamesNone
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHunting Dog
Country of OriginUnited States of America (USA)

Physical And Size

Min Life Span11
Max Life Span12
Min Ideal Weight for male24
Max Ideal Weight for male29
Min Ideal Weight for female20
Max Ideal Weight for male29


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentSmart, Gentle, Active
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesNone
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHunting Dog
GroupHound Group
Bred ForTracking and hunting raccoon and other
Recognized ByAKC, UKC, ANKC, NZKC
Life Span11-12 Years
Ideal WeightMale: 55-80 pounds
Female: 45-65 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 22-27 inches
Female: 21-25 inches
Fur TypeShort and smooth
Common ColorsBlue ticked, Blue ticked and Tan
MarkingsBlack spots
AchievementsTennessee’s state dog
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToAmerican English Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhound, like many other hounds, got its name from its coat which has a black and blue pattern. They were bred to trail the tree raccoons. Bluetick is one of the best among the trailing breeds having a great sense of smell which is why they are known as scenthounds.

Bluetick Coonhound is a highly energetic dog who needs regular exercise. A good 20-30 minutes of walk and play is plenty for them. But make sure to take him out on a leash as they might sense some interesting scent and wander off tracking it.

Origin and History

Bluetick, like many coonhounds, were developed from the Southern part of the United States in the early 1900s. They are believed to be the mix of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, the Staghound and other French hounds. Originally bred to trail raccoons and other small animals, they also make a great house pet in present days.

The American Kennel Club also accepted to register Bluetick Hound as a member of their hound group.

Beautiful painting of Bluetick Coonhound by Robert W.Hickman

Is Bluetick Coonhound Child-Friendly?

Blueticks get well with children because they are loving, affectionate and fond of them. They are great playmates caretakers at the same time.

Bluetick is not usually aggressive but they should be supervised as children could play rough and you do not want to take this type of risk when it comes to children.

Bluetick coonhound napping with a small Boy

Behavior, Temperament and Personality

Bluetick Coonhound is a very active, smart, loving and friendly dog. They love to be around their human family most of the time and can make a great family dog. As Bluetick is naturally a scenthound, they have a high tendency to follow any compelling scent and might get lost for more than an hour tracking it. Therefore, you should keep them on a fenced area or on a leash while taking them out for a walk.

Bluetick love the company of human being and do not want to be left alone. If he is left alone for a long time, he will start howling and baying which will be disturbing for your neighbor. They are easy-going and are fond of people, so they make a trustworthy family member.

Bluetick Howling with his Melodious voice


Like all hounds, Blueticks are also hard to train. They are independent and can be stubborn when someone wants to take over their independence. So, a proper obedience class and a lot of socialization are necessary at an early age.

They are highly smart and stable, so if you are a consistent and patient owner, they can be trained easily. Focus on positive training methods with treats and lots of word praises.


  • The Bluetick Hound is American Kennel Club 162nd breed.
  • Bluetick have an excellent sense of smell and can even track hours old or even days old trail.
  • As a scenthound, they have a very loud baying to warn hunters about their prey.
  • Bluetick should not be kept in a house where there are small animals.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesBloat, Hip Dysplasia, Krabbe’s Disease,
Cataracts, Skin allergies, Elbow Dysplasia
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough
SheddingModerate Shedding
GroomingEasy and Minimal
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyLow to Average Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 18%-25%
Fat: 10%-15%

Bluetick are not likely to suffer from any dangerous disease but they may be prone to genetic health problems. The average life expectancy of bluetick is 10-12 years. The most likely health condition they might face may include, ear infections as they have a large ear and dirt gets on them easily.

Check their ears and clean them from time to time. The other canines disease they might face is bloat, dental problem, and hip dysplasia.

Coat and Colors

Bluetick coat is short, smooth and glossy. The color of their coat is dark blue and tan with different shaped black and white marking on their back, ears and legs.


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Cost of Bluetick Coonhound Puppies

The Bluetick puppy can cost from $500- $600 on average. Whereas, adopting a puppy can cost less that includes only the expenses on puppy care before adoption.

Size of Bluetick Coonhound Dog

The height of the male Bluetick is 22-27 inches and female is 21-25 inches at the withers. The weight of the male Bluetick is 55-85 pounds and female is 45-65 pounds.

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