Bluetick Coonhound

About the Breed

Bluetick Coonhounds originated in Louisiana in the United States and were developed from the Bleu de Gascogne hound, English Foxhound, American Foxhound and the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound. Officially recognized as a breed in 1946 by the United Kennel Club, they were previously registered as some of their foundation breeds.

The Bluetick Coonhounds are known for their friendly persona, cold nose and deep bawl mouth. They are commonly used for raccon hunting but may be kept for a pet if socialized at a young age. They are muscular and speedy dogs. They carry their heads up and their tail over their backs, and do not show signs of fear or nervousness. Their coats should be coarse but glossy. They get their 'blue' color from the black ticking on a white background. They have various black spots on their body, and its preferred for them to have more blue than black. The black should be on the face and ears with tan dots over the eyes, as well as tan on their muzzles. Feet should be cat like, rounded with well arched toes. Their paws are larger than nearly all other dog breeds.

They are bred to be hunting dogs; athletic and hardy. Because of their high energy, they need a "full time job" to stay happy. They can be challenging to train and should be monitored around small animals due to their hunting instincts. They are highly intelligent and good problem solvers.

Quick Facts

Height: 22 - 27 inches (males); 21 - 25 inches (females)

Weight: 55 - 80 lbs (males); 45 - 65 lbs (females)

Coat Colors: Blue ticked, blue ticked & tan

Markings: Black spots on back, ears and sides with or without tan markings over the eyes, on the cheeks, chest and below the tail, red ticking on legs and feet.

Conformation: Appearance should be of a speedy and well muscled hound, never appears to be chunky or clumsy. Neat and compact body, with a glossy coat with clear, keen eyes. In motion they carry their head and tail well up.

Common Uses: Hunting, tracking, obedience, and agility

Temperament: Cool, calm, and collected. Intelligent, devoted.

Place of Origin: United States

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