The muscular, athletic Bluetick Coonhound is an excellent tracker skilled in treeing raccoons and other small animals. Like many coonhounds, the Bluetick is named for his coat color, which has a dark blue spotted pattern. Highly intelligent, this breed is a loyal, affectionate companion that gets along well with children and other pets. His low-maintenance, glossy coat needs occasional bathing and grooming.
The state dog of Tennessee, the Bluetick Coonhound is also the official mascot of the University of Tennessee.Bluetick puppies are born mostly white except for large, dark patches. Their ticking develops a few weeks later.