Bluetick Coonhound

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family friendly:
Dog friendly:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Hounding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 45-80 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled


Life Expectancy: About 11-12 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed of dog that is of the Coonhound type. Sometimes called Bluetick, the dog originated in the state of Tennessee in the United States. Selective breeding of Foxhounds, Curs, French Hounds and English Coon hounds produced the breed.

The dog is born and bred to hunt in the wild and their powerful sense of smell can easily distract them from training but they make a surprisingly gentle, playful and easygoing house pet. They are naturally alert and protective, but they can be reserved when it comes to strangers. This dog is a great watchdog as they are calm and always watchful.


The dog's coat color is typically Dark Blue, thickly mottled with Black spots on their ears, back and sides. The ears and the head are mostly black with tan markings over their eyes and cheeks. The dog also has dark red ticking on the chest, feet, lower legs below the body line and below the tail.


The Bluetick Coon hound's short coat is moderately coarse and glossy.


The Blueticks are gentle with children and are very loyal, affectionate and loving pets. They can sometimes be challenging to train but with enough patience and consistency, it should not be as difficult as some would say. These dogs are unlikely to be aggressive to humans but as hunters by nature, they cannot be trusted with non-canine animals. They are very intelligent dogs who do well on problem solving. They can become a problem if left indoors with a small or no yard as they need a large space to run around in. The dog is bred to be hunting and working dogs such that they can become a challenge to pet owners who are sedentary.


The dog's coat is fairly easy to care for. It only requires an occasional brushing to keep the coat looking at its best and clean. These dogs are not heavy shedders. The large, droopy, long ears should be cleaned and checked regularly for any signs of infection. Bathing should only be done when necessary. These dogs are prone to some health problems including hip dysplasia, cataract, Krabbes disease and bloat. Proper nutrition, sufficient exercise and regular visits to the vet for their complete shots should keep these dogs healthy. They can live up to about 11-12 years on the average.


These dogs have a reputation for being difficult to train. If done in the right way, it should not be as hard as some think. The Coon hounds love food and will follow almost anything for a treat. These dogs are affectionate and have social personality making training important as they tend to jump up or put their noses into inappropriate places when untrained. Any different scent that the wind will carry will get them off track as they can become easily distracted during training. Thus, try to make the training challenging for them to keep them interested. Patience and consistency, as for any dog training, should be maintained for effective training. Learning will not work and will only confuse the dog if training is done in a harsh way because it will not know what they are doing wrong. This breed is for the experienced dog owner.


This dog needs an extensive amount of exercise daily. A securely fenced yard would also be good for the dog where they can run and play safely. Coon hounds that do not get sufficient mental and physical challenges can become high strung and sometimes destructive. These dogs were bred for severe physical exercise. They are born hunters in nature so be aware that they will tend to run off and hunt if the yard is not securely fenced. The dog is not recommended for apartment living. They are inactive indoors and will try to exercise in a large yard if there is any. Unless in a securely fenced area, Coon hounds should never be allowed to run off leash. As hunters by nature, they will follow their nose when it catches a scent in the air, they may wander off for hours following it.

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