Bluetick hound dogs can be purchased through breeders or adopted through rescues and shelters. The American Kennel Club website's classified section lists available puppies and adults for sale by reputable affiliated breeders. RescueMe.org lists coonhounds available in the United States that the organization has rescued, along with contact information.
Like the name suggests, bluetick coonhounds are hunting dogs with excellent senses of smell. They are described as "cold-nosed," referring to their ability to track old and "cold" trails. They are intelligent dogs that need a great deal of exercise and usually require a fenced-in yard. They do not get along well with small, non-canine pets, but make excellent family dogs.
Bluetick coonhounds have a reputation for being aggressive or unfriendly with strangers, but according to RescueMe.org, this is a misinterpretation of their greeting. Upon encountering strangers in their territory, bluetick coonhounds howl and sniff the intruder for a long time.
The breed can weigh up to 100 pounds and grow to stand roughly 2 feet at the shoulder. They live 10 to 12 years on average. Bluetick coonhounds are named for their coat, which usually appears as dark blue with black spots. Tan markings appear on their heads around their eyes, while red markings are seen on the feet, tail, chest and legs.