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Bluetick Coonhound

The bluetick coonhound is an athletic, compact, speedy and well-muscled hound, all of which helps it in trailing and treeing raccoons and other small game. A determined and steady tracker, the standard says that the bluetick “should be a free tonguer on trail with a medium bawl or bugle voice.” Its name comes from its dark-blue coat pattern, covered in ticking and featuring black spots on its ears, back and sides. That color may come from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne (French staghound) as well as the English foxhound. In America, blueticks were referred to as English coonhounds for many years.