Bluetick Coonhounds are smart, easygoing dogs that are affectionate, loyal and uniformly devoted to their owners. While they have a tremendous amount of natural energy, Blueticks also enjoy relaxing at in front of the fire, at their owners’ feet or on the couch, when they are not tracking and treeing raccoons or other animals. Blueticks are fond of children and make wonderful, trustworthy family members.
Bluetick Coonhounds are extremely high-energy animals that definitely need a job to do to stay happy, fit and focused. This breed loves to hunt and also enjoys participating in obedience, tracking, utility, agility and almost any other active outdoor canine sport. Without vigorous daily exercise, Blueticks can become bored and potentially destructive.
Bluetick Coonhounds are smart, sensible and stable. They also are unusually sensitive. As a result, kind, consistent, positive training methods work best with this breed, as they do with most others. Because Blueticks can be a somewhat stubborn, their owners should start obedience training and socialization at a very young age. It is not difficult for dedicated Bluetick owners to train and socialize their dogs. It just will take a bit of time and patience, on both parties’ parts. Repetition and consistency are the hallmarks of training this breed successfully.
Bluetick Coonhounds are known to have what is referred to as “the good hound-dog bawl.” This refers to their unique musical vocalization skills. These are intelligent, ambitious, fearless hunting dogs that will work tirelessly to track and tree their targets. Blueticks have the ability and natural endurance to stay on the oldest and most delicate of trails for hours or even days on end, which makes them terrific companions for active hunters and sporting households. Bluetick Coonhounds are considered to be “free-tonguers,” which means that they periodically make a medium-loud, melodic bugle when on the hunt. The American Kennel Club standard for the breed describes that the Bluetick “should be a free tonguer on trail, with a medium bawl or bugle voice when striking and trailing, which may change to a steady chop when running and a steady coarse chop at the tree.”
Blueticks should not be trusted off-leash in wide-open areas, because their keen noses are likely to lead them astray. This breed has a strong prey drive and is naturally inclined to chase and pounce on anything that is smaller than them and that moves. This includes children and small animals. Fortunately, if they are well-socialized with pets and kids from an early age, Blueticks can accept them and overcome their prey instincts. They seem to love being in the company of other dogs and typically adore children, once they get to know them.