Although these dogs are originally from Louisiana, their descent can be traced back to the Bleu Gascogne French hounds. These dogs are natural hunters, and they excel in tracking and treeing raccoons, bears and cougars. The Bluetick Coonhound is capable of performing their hunting duties on any terrain and in extreme weather conditions. Bluetick Coonhounds are well-known for their cold noses, and the ability they have to track very old scents.
These dogs are described as being clever and sociable, and they are extremely loyal to their families. This breed is reliable, deeply devoted, caring and without fear. The Bluetick Coonhound is a brilliant family companion and protector. They will do well in a home with children that are considerate. They are wary of strangers, but not very aggressive dogs. The Bluetick Coonhound will get along well with dogs that they have been raised with, but are not ideal for families with cats or other small pets.
The Bluetick Coonhound howl a lot and does have a tendency to be destructive when left alone for too long, or when they are lonely. The Bluetick Coonhound makes an excellent watchdog. This breed will not do well in an apartment. Although they are fairly inactive when indoors, they will perform best in a large yard. It is advised that these dogs should not be allowed to run free when not on a leash, unless they are in a secure area. Coonhounds are inclined to go after their noses, and if they catch a scent they might walk for hours to follow it.
It is recommended that these dogs are brushed on a weekly basis in order to minimize their hair loss. Bathing or dry shampooing should only be done when necessary and their ears should also be checked and cleaned on a consistent basis.
It is important that the Bluetick Coonhound is socialised and receive obedience training from a very young age onwards. This is a breed that will not do well when the training is conducted in a cruel or unkind manner. Their training should involve motivation, patience and firmness – it should also be fair and consistent. The Bluetick Coonhound excels in hunting, agility, and tracking.
The Bluetick Coonhounds are relatively healthy dogs, but they tend to have problems with cataracts, hip dysplasia, and Krabbes disease. Inactivity can lead to fatness, and their ears can be checked to make sure they are free of infections.