Vital Stats:Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
Height: 1 foot, 11 inches to 2 feet, 6 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 45 to 100 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 12 years
These dogs have a noble history, being descendants of the French Grand Bleu de Gascogne and the English Foxhound, many of whom were brought to the United States in colonial times. On the trail, the Bluetick may be slower than some of his coonhound compatriots, but he has a superior nose and a never-say-die attitude.
Although he's a hunter first and foremost, the Bluetick can be a fine housedog and loves his people. Bear in mind that hounds are a challenge to train. Be patient and persistent as you help them find their motivation, which is more likely to be food than any real desire to please.
Males stand 24 to 30 inches at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 100 pounds. Females are 23 to 28 inches and weigh 45 to 85 pounds.
Coat Color And Grooming
The smooth, glossy coat is dark blue, thickly mottled with black spots on the back, ears, and sides. The head and ears are mostly black, with tan markings over the eyes and on the cheeks. The Bluetick Coonhound has dark red ticking on the feet, the lower legs below the body line, the chest, and below the tail.