The Bluetick Coonhound should look like the dog it was bred to be: a stout, sturdy, speedy and well-muscled hound. It should never appear clumsy, course or overly-chunky. Blueticks have compact bodies, shiny coats and kind, keen dark eyes. They have long, low-set, fairly thin ears and distinctive tan markings on their muzzles and lower legs. When in motion, the Bluetick carries its head and “half-moon” tail well up and proudly.
Size and Weight
Adult male Bluetick Coonhounds should be between 22 and 27 inches at the withers and typically weigh between 55 and 85 pounds. Females should be between 21 and 25 inches tall and weigh between 45 and 65 pounds. The weight and size of this breed should be in proportion to its height, so that the animal always looks balanced.
Coat and Color
Bluetick Coonhounds have short-to-medium length, glossy, slightly coarse coats that lay close to their lean bodies. Their coats should not be extremely rough or especially short.
The preferred color for this breed is a deep, dark blue. While the Bluetick Coonhound’s coat appears to be blue, it actually is tricolor, made up of a combination of black, tan and white hairs. The darker colors usually predominate. Thickly-mottled body patterns, with well-distributed black spots or patches, are highly desirable. A fully-mottled dark body is preferred over occasional ticking on a lightly-colored background. There should be more “blue” than white in the base body coat. The Bluetick’s head and ears are usually black. They may or may not have tan markings above their eyes, on their cheeks and chest and underneath their tail. Many Blueticks have reddish ticking on their feet and lower legs. No other colors or markings are allowed under the American standard for this breed.
The coat of the Bluetick Coonhound is fairly easy to care for. They only require an occasional brushing to keep their coats clean and glossy. Blueticks are not heavy-shedders. Their large, long ears should be cleaned and checked regularly for any signs of infection. They only need to be bathed when dirt or odor become especially noticeable.