Bluetick Coonhound

The Bluetick Coonhound is a devoted companion.

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According to Mark H. of Illinois, president of Bluetick Breeders of America, coonhounds probably descended from English Foxhounds who broke away from the fox-chasing pack to track and tree quarry like raccoons and black bear. As high-energy hunting dogs, Blueticks demand abundant exercise and require a strong handler, physically and mentally, Mark says. “They want to run and tree, so if you don’t have a leash on them and they spot a squirrel or cat, they’ll take off,” he says.

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