All breeds of hunting dogs have certain greatness in them. But there’s just something about the Bluetick Coonhound that will tug at your heart. Perhaps, it’s the dog breed’s incongruity – its fortitude and endurance to trail all night, instinct and intelligence to follow across unfamiliar mountains, and its uncanny ability of turning up the day after, waiting for his human stoically. Or maybe it’s their gentle demeanor, their doleful expressions that make them seem almost unbearably vulnerable. Whatever it is, Bluetick Coonhounds are great hunting dogs. They are easy-going, patient, good sleepers and faithfully loving.
Because Bluetick Coonhounds are athletic and hardy, they excel as working hunting dogs. With their strong sense of smell, they tend to be very attentive and alert. This makes them ideal for tracking. They are not aggressive towards people but because they have such a passionate hunting nature, they can be a handful when around cats or other non- canine pets. Bluetick Coonhounds are also a very intelligent hound; they like problem-solving. But know that they require plenty of space too so they have to be taken outdoors often.
Blueticks are not exactly the easiest hunting dogs to train. They tend to be naughty but even then, they’ll still appear awfully cute. If you want to bring the best out of this hunting dog, you’ll have to play the role of the “pack leader”. That means suppressing your chuckles when they do their tricks. It is important to be consistent and firm when it comes to training Blueticks. Just like all other hounds though, they respond really well to food rewards and praises. It is recommended to start training a Bluetick Coonhound puppy as early as possible. It’s also best to establish boundaries during trainings to make sure that the puppy will not be over- exercised as it grows.
The Bluetick Coonhound has a thick mottled body with black spots spread across its ears, back and sides. It also sports a coat with a uniquely speckled-blue look. What makes this dog breed’s appearance interesting though is the tick effect of its fur which is caused by its blue-black hairs spread across a white background. Some Blueticks also have orange or tan markings appearing over their eyes, cheeks, chest and sometimes, below their tails. Others have red ticking visible on their lower legs and feet. Bluetick Coonhounds don’t have thick fur so they don’t really need extensive grooming. Occasional brushing of their hard coat is enough to keep it shiny and healthy. Males can stand 24 to 30 inches at the shoulder and weigh 65 to 100 pounds. Females can stand 23 to 28 inches at the shoulder and weigh 45 to 85 pounds.