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Bluetick Coonhound

Tags: hound, Kid-friendly, Challenging for first-time owners

The "tick" part is the black-and-white mottling effect in our coat. The "blue" takes us back to our ancestral Grand Bleu de Gascogne, the French stage-hounds, and to the English Foxhounds. In the United States we were the "English Coonhounds" until 1945, when a separate breed standard and new name was established. And yes, we're every raccoon's worst nightmare -- happy and howling to chase him or her up a tree in a minute. We're also the athletics mascot at the University of Tennessee. The Bluetick Coonhound was recognized by the AKC in 2009 and placed in the Hound Group.

Rave review

  • Affectionate, devoted family friend
  • Agile and active
  • Born to run, happy to walk
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Cats should keep their distance
  • Confident and self-assured
  • Courageous canine
  • Energizer doggie
  • Even-tempered, good-natured

Report card

  • Hardy hunter
  • Independent thinker
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Lives to work
  • Loves kids and vice versa
  • Novice owners will be challenged with this breed
  • Outdoor enthusiast
  • Loud, howling bark
  • Pleased to please
  • Caters to the country, tolerates town
  • Socialization and training must start early
  • Steadfast and strong
  • Stubborn streak
  • Training can be difficult

What to expect

If you're looking for a family pet, I need you to understand the family you're joining when you get a Bluetick Coonhound. We're a family of active hunters. Some would say we're the Loud Family. I need you to start my training and socialization early (and warn the cats in the household) and stick with me as I mature. Find some canine sports to help me burn off energy (anything with running would be great). After a good workout, we can both head back to the homestead and harmonize to my favorite Charlie Daniels song: "Kinda like my old Bluetick hound, I like to lay around in the shade."

Watch for

Generally a healthy breed, but watch for neurologic disorders, osteochondritis, and lymphosarcoma.

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