Bluetick Coonhound

Bluetick Coonhound is a hunting dog breed known for his intelligence and sweetness. The Hallmark of these dogs is their mottled black and blue pattern on the coat. Although they were bred for hunting, these days they are more and more popular as companions. In the past, they were mostly been used for raccoon hunting. Bluetick Coonhounds are very affectionate dogs that will be devoted to their master.  Bluetick Coonhounds were created in the US. 

FUN FACT: Because of their laud barking, hunters can easily follow the dog from a great distance and at night.

Bluetick Coonhound


21-27 in (53-69 cm)

Bluetick Coonhound


45-80 lb (20-36 kg)

Bluetick Coonhound



Bluetick Coonhound

Life Expectancy:

11-12 years

Breed History

Since an early age, Bluetick Coonhounds were used for raccoon hunting and they still fill that role to this day. Early Blueticks worked in the packs and they were used for hunting bears, wild boars, and cougars. In 2009 these dogs became a part of the AKC Hound Group.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

Bluetick Coonhound grooming

Bluetick Coonhounds have a short and glossy coat that is unique in the dog's world. Their coat shed moderately and weekly brushing will do the trick and keep the hair under control. Because they are active dogs, they require occasional baths to keep them looking at their best.

Like all dogs, Bluetick Coonhounds also require regular care including nail trimming and teeth brushing. It is advised that you regularly check their ears for any signs of infections or irritations (wax build-up, redness, bad odor). Because of their floppy ears, the air cant circulates and that can cause an infection.

bluetick coonhound lookingPhoto by: Zach Boumeester


Like all hunting dog breeds, even the Bluetick Coonhounds are dogs with a high amount of energy that will need regularly/daily amount of exercise to be happy. Because of their high prey drive, it is not advised to let them off the leash if they are in the unsecured area. Long walks, playing sessions with the owner, or other dogs can do the trick and keep this dog satisfied. If you provide them with enough exercise you will not have to worry that you will have problems with your dog at home.

TIP: Canine sports such as tracking and agility are a good way for Blueticks to spend their energy.


Bluetick Coonhounds were bred for hunting, and because of that, they will need proper training and socialization if you want that your dog develops into a well-behaved dog. Also, their high prey drive can be a problem that you will need to take care of. They can be challenging to train especially for first-time owners. If you are not sure that you can properly train and socialize your dog we advise you to seek professional help.

From an early age, you will have to start with the socialization process. Expose your dog to many different situations so he can learn how to properly react to them. Once these dogs are trained they will be most loyal and devoted dogs to their owner.

bluetick coonhound and stickPhoto by: Zach Boumeester

Bluetick Coonhound and kids

These dogs can be excellent family dogs and can get along well with kids. With the proper socialization, you will not have to worry that kids and the dog won't get along. However, you should always teach your kids how to properly interact with the dog.

Bluetick Coonhound and other animals

These are good dogs but they are in many cases mistaken for an aggressive dog breed. That is not true, and Bluetick Coonhound will get along with other dogs and pets especially if they are raised together in the same household. You must be careful around smaller animals, because of the high prey drive they will in most cases try and chase smaller animals.

bluetick coonhound pupPhoto by: Zach Boumeester

Health problems

Bluetick Coonhounds are healthy dogs with a life expectancy of 11-12 years. With these dogs, you should watch out for bloat signs as they are like most deep-chested dogs prone to this health condition. Also, their ears need to be checked regularly because they can easily develop an infection.

Bluetick Coonhound breeders

These are excellent hunt dogs, but also good family members and companions. In either case, you must properly socialize your dog in order to become a good member of the community. When searching for your dog never buy it from a bad or a puppy mill breeder. If you do so in most cases your dog will develop some serious health problems. We recommend that you only talk to official and responsible breeders so you can be sure that you will get a dog with the best possible health. Good breeders regularly check the health of their breeding dogs as well their puppies, so they can be sure they are free of inherited diseases.

World Dog Finder team


Updated at18.05.2021.