Descended primarily from the English Foxhound, Grand Bleu de Gascogne, and others from Ireland and France that were brought to the Southern United States, Bluetick Coonhounds are a ticked-color variety of the English Coonhound but have been recognized as a separate breed since 1946. Coonhounds, a name coming from the shortened form of "raccoon hound," were bred for their speed, endurance, and loud bark to hunt various animals such as raccoon, fox, deer, and wild boar. Today, the Bluetick Coonhound is just one of six coonhound breeds that also include the Black and Tan Coonhound, Redbone Coonhound, American English Coonhound, Treeing Walker Coonhound, and Plott Hound. Renowned for their hunting abilities, the breed was named the state dog of Tennessee where it is thought that they originated.
The Bluetick Coonhound breed is a type of coonhound that is typically bred in the Southern United States. Known for their 'cold' nose and tracking abilities, this breed has the speed and endurance to keep up with prey in hot pursuit. Their coarse, short, and smooth coat sits close to the body and comes in a dark blue and spotted color, referred to as being "ticked." They have dark brown rounded eyes, thin ears, and a square-shaped, well-proportioned muzzle that houses powerful jaws with a black nose to finish off their gorgeous appearance. The tail of the Bluetick Coonhound is a medium-length and well-coated.
Although renowned as a great hunter, Bluetick Coonhounds are also commonly found in the home, an excellent family companion that is wonderful with children. Due to their sociable personality, ability to adapt, and hunting nature, these hounds get along especially well with other dogs and can live in a variety of living situations but before choosing a Bluetick, remember they are very noisy from their loud barking, making them not recommended for apartments or quiet neighborhoods. They are best suited for an owner who possesses a kind, but firm hand during obedience training. Easily distracted, this breed should always be kept on a leash or within a securely fenced yard when outdoors. Repetition and patience is the key to having an obedient Bluetick. Their high energy personality can cause them to be destructive or hyperactive when bored but would be a great dog to have for an avid hunter or runner. The beautiful color of this hound will draw you in, but their lovable personality will win any families' heart.