The Bluetick Coonhound is a treeing dog, meaning it was developed to track it's prey and then force the animal into a tree. Once it is treed the dog will continue to bark or bay until the hunter makes the kill or the dog is called off. Once a larger dog that could tree puma and bear, today it's primary prey is raccoons.
Bluetick Coonhound Standards
- AKC (Hound)
- UKC (Scenthound)
- 45-80 lbs
- large scenthound
- long, hanging ears
- long tail
- coarse coat lays close to body
- dark blue, mottled with black spots
- may have tan markings
History of the Bluetick Coonhound
The history of the Bluetick Coonhounds begins at the beginning of the 20th century in Louisiana. It is believed their primary makeup consists of English Coonhound (Redtick), American Foxhound and the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. Originally a large and slower breed, it began to loose ground due to the increasingly popular field competitions and night trials. Other breeds were faster and so breeders began to focus on a more compact and streamlined dogs for competing. In its early days the Bluetick Coonhound was simply considered a variant of the now lesser known English Coonhound.