The Bluetick Coonhound was bred in the early 1900s in the southern United States for hunting raccoons and other small wild animals. The Coonhound descended from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, the Staghound and other French hounds that were brought to the US during the early days of colonization.
Height & Weight
Adult male Bluetick Coonhounds are usually between 22 and 27 inches at the withers and weigh between 55 and 85 pounds. Females are between 21 and 25 inches tall and weigh between 45 and 65 pounds.
Bluetick Coonhounds are loyal, smart, easygoing dogs that are affectionate and faithful to their families. Even though they have a lot of energy and love to track animals, they also enjoy relaxing with their owners on the couch or napping on the carpet. They are great family dogs who are great with children.
Bluetick Coonhounds are known for their unique vocalization skills, also known as “the good hound-dog bawl.” They have the natural ability and endurance to stay on the oldest and most weak trails for hours, or even days, which makes them terrific companions for hunters and sportsmen alike. They are intelligent, determined and courageous hunting dogs that will work determinedly to track and tree their targets. Blueticks should not be trusted off a leash in open areas, because of their sense of smell they will find a scent and take off, forgetting everything else. They are also naturally inclined to chase and pounce on anything that is smaller than them and that moves, which includes kids and small animals. However, if they are properly socialized with other pets and children from an early age, they will overcome that instinct. Typically, they adore children and love being in the company of other dogs once they get to know them.
Bluetick Coonhounds are overly sensitive, which requires a kind, consistent, positive training method when working with them. They generally are a smart, sensitive, stable and stubborn breed. Because of their stubbornness, they should have their obedience training and socialization started at a young age. It is not difficult to train and socialize a Coonhound; it just requires more time and patience for both the dog and owner. They key is repetition and consistency.
Bluetick Coonhounds are very high-energy animals that need a job in order to stay happy, healthy and focused. They love to hunt, participate in obedience, tracking, utility, agility and basically any other active outdoor canine sport. If their exercise requirements are not met every day, Blueticks will become bored and possibly destructive.
Blueticks only require an occasional brushing to keep their coats clean and shiny. They do not shed much. Their large, long ears should be cleaned and checked daily for signs of infection or irritation and they only need to be bathed when dirty or begin to emit an odor.
Bluetick Coonhounds are a fairly healthy, hardy breed. Their average lifespan is 10 to 12 years. They have an increased risk of developing a neurological condition called polyradiculoneuritis, which is similar to Guillain-Barre Syndrome in humans. It usually presents as a sudden, progressive paralysis in all four legs. Most dogs spontaneously recover from this condition slowly over time. Some dogs are thought to develop polyradiculoneuritis as a result of being bitten by raccoons, which is why the disorder is also sometimes referred to as “Coonhound Paralysis.” However, many dogs that develop this condition have no history of exposure to raccoons or raccoon saliva.