Bluetick Coonhound


A medium to large sized Bluetick Coonhound
Bluetick Coonhound Quick Summary
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Height (at withers)23-30in (58-76cm)
Weight50-80lbs (23-36kg)
Hair Colour(s)
Lifespan9-12 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size7-8
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftMedium

The Bluetick Coonhound is an active and powerful looking dog. The body is muscular with a deep chest, well-sprung ribs, a level topline, strong straight legs and a long tail carried with an upward curve. The broad head is dome-shaped with a square muzzle, a large black nose, thin low-set ears and brown eyes. The coat is short and dense, and the colouring tends to be blue with ticks as the name suggests.


Bluetick Coonhounds are good-natured and lively but laid back dogs. Best suited to active families due to their high energy levels, they are affectionate without being too dependant and make fine companions and dependable family dogs. Barking and drooling can sometimes be problematic, and if not kept exercised and engaged thy can become bored and destructive, especially in confined areas. These are intelligent animals but they can also be determined and stubborn, which can make trainaing a challenge, and so are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training, as assertiveness will be required. Bluetick Coonhounds are playful and are good with older, more considerate children and with other household pets when properly socialised, but they should not be trusted around smaller animals. Alert and non-aggressive by nature, they are generally reserved but polite around strangers. They will bark and howl to announce the arival of any visitors, who they will then sniff completely, and so and make good watchdogs.

History & Skills

Bluetick Coonhounds originate from Louisiana in the USA, and are descended from English Foxhounds and various French hounds. Originally classed as English Coonhounds before breaking away in 1945, they were used for treeing raccoons and other animals by scent, with Coonhound being shorthand for raccoon hound. These days they make good family pets.

Breed Specific Ailments

Bluetick Coonhounds tend to live between 9 to 13 years. Some of the health problems noted in this breed includes hip dysplasia, PRA, bloat, ectropion and cataracts. These dogs should not be overfed.


Bluetick Coonhounds are medium shedders and so may not be suited to those with allergies. Their grooming requirements however are low, and their coats will only need brushing a couple of times each week to remove dead hair. The ears should be checked regularly and kept clean to reduce the chance of infections.

Exercise & Environment

Bluetick Coonhounds tend to live indoors but are not suitable for small homes as they can become destructive in confined spaces. These are dogs with high energy and need a fair amount of exercise. A daily walk or run and an outside area in which to play are recommended. This must be secure as these are curious dogs prone to wandering off on an interesting scent.


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