Bluetick Coonhound

"Steady Eddie"

Photo of Bluetick Coonhound


Descendants of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and English Foxhound, Bluetick Coonhounds were originally classified as English Coonhounds. In 1945, Bluetick breeders broke off on their own because English breeders were tending towards fast, “hot-nosed” hunters. Blueticks are the pride of larger, slower and more resolute “cold-nosed” breeds, meaning they can pick up older, cold scents, and were recognized by the AKC in 2009.


Loveable, goofy and devoted, Bluetick Coonhounds are always game for a walk, chase or romp. Most enjoy car rides, and will want to ride shotgun in your pickup truck. They are extremely athletic and hardy but they’re easily distracted and are happiest if they have a full time job such as hunting, obedience or agility. They can be loudmouths, with their long, drawn out “bawling” bark.


Big brown eyes, floppy ears and droopy lips give Bluetick Coonhounds their lovable appearance. They get their name from the black-and-white ticking which creates a navy blue appearance in their short-to-medium, glossy coat. Most will have black spots, and a predominantly black head and ears, with some having tan on their faces and over their eyes. They are sturdy and muscular with a long muzzle, big, floppy ears, and a thin pointy tail.


Relentless problem solvers with selective listening skills when they’ve smelled something interesting, Bluetick Coonhounds can be challenging to train. But their intelligence also means that once you’ve got their attention and respect, they are very mindful of their owners. So if you’re up for a challenge that will pay off, training a Bluetick might be right up your alley.

Grooming & Care

Their short-to-medium, glossy coats need weekly brushing, and the occasional bath is a must, especially if they’ve been chasing something along a muddy trail. Ears should be checked weekly and cleaned when necessary to keep them healthy. They are known to have a musty or “houndy” scent which you won’t completely be rid of.

Health Concerns

Bluetick Coonhounds are a generally healthy breed, but they can be prone to cataracts and hip dysplasia. Choose a breeder who can show documentation that both parents have healthy hips whenever possible. As a deep-chested breed, they may also be prone to bloat.

Famous Bluetick Coonhound

Tet from the 1980s TV show “Airwolf;” Old King from the Neil Young song; Old Blue from the 1960 film “Old River."

Ideal Owner
Activity Level Active
Schedule Part-time or willing to hire a dog walker
Personal Style Easygoing and casual, Outdoorsy
Training Style Firm, Positive
Home Not recommended for apartment life
Children Any age is fine
Experience Hound experience preferred
Quick Facts
Size Large
Grooming Check ears frequently
Exercise Very high - this breed loves to run and needs vigorous daily workouts
Training Learns well but bores easily
Temperment Loyal, Affectionate, Friendly, Intelligent
Challenges They follow their noses. Secure all food, garbage and interesting possessions, and be sure to keep them on-leash in usafe areas.
Height 21 to 27 inches
Weight 45 to 80 pounds
Life 12 to 14 years
Home Alone Bores easily and can get into mischief
With Kids Fine with older kids
With Strangers Friendly
Availability Available, so choose your breeder carefully

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