Bluetick Coonhounds have lean, medium-sized frames covered in short, dense coats that have a distinctive mottled coloring (black and white spots with a dark blue effect). The heads—usually black—have round eyes, thin hanging ears and square muzzles. They have muscular necks and bodies, and their tails are usually carried at an upward curve. Overall, Bluetick Coonhounds have a determined and attentive look.
Bluetick Coonhounds were born and bred to hunt in the wild, yet they make a surprisingly gentle, playful and easygoing household pal. Because they are naturally alert and protective, Blueticks may be slightly reserved with strangers. They make incredible watchdogs, always watchful but calm.
Very intelligent and resourceful, Bluetick Coonhounds are easy to train as long as the commands are firm, consistent and positive. They can be independent-minded and should always be kept on a leash in public. The mere sniff of a squirrel, or some other interesting thing, could make them disappear quickly.
Bluetick Coonhounds can live as long as 12 years. Generally healthy, some Blueticks can develop hip dysplasia, eye problems and hypothyroidism. Grooming the Bluetick Coonhound is a breeze: Brush their coats occasionally, and check their ears regularly.
Bluetick Coonhounds originated in the United States several centuries ago. Developed by crossing European hounds (including the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and the English Foxhound) with existing American hounds, the Bluetick combined the nose and instincts of the Old World breeds with the endurance and speed of American dogs.