The life expectancy of a Bluetick hound is 11 to 12 years. Bluetick coonhounds are bred for hunting and are descendants of the English foxhound, brought to the United States during colonial times. This breed originated in Louisiana and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009.
Bluetick hounds are intelligent and devoted and make good family dogs. They are not suitable in households with smaller pets because of a strong hunting and prey drive. Since they are active and energetic and require adequate physical and mental exercise, the Bluetick hound is not recommended for apartment living.
Like most hounds, Blueticks are driven by a strong sense of smell and make excellent tracking dogs. They can become high-strung and prone to destructive behavior when not given a job to do.