The Bluetick Coonhound has the appearance of a speedy and well-muscled hound. He has a glossy coat, and clear, keen eyes, with a typical pleading hound expression, never wild or cowering. The Bluetick is active and ambitious on the trail. They are vocal on the trail, with a bawl, squall, chop or bugle voice when striking and trailing, with a distinct changeover on tree of bawling, chopping, or combination of both. Blueticks are hospitable to both men and dogs which are around them on the trail.
This Coonhound is typically bred in the southern states, and has arisen through the selective breeding of the Bleu de Gascogne hound of southwest France, the English Foxhound, the cur dog, the American Foxhound, and the Black And Tan Virginia Foxhound. They are excellent hunting dogs that excel in tracking and treeing raccoons, bear and cougars. George Washington owned Bluetick Coonhounds and described their musical voices as the "bells of Moscow". The United Kennel Club initially recognized this breed as the English Foxhound and Coonhound, which encompassed many breeds including the Bluetick, Treeing Walker and English Coonhounds. They are now recognized as separate breeds. This breed has been admitted to the Foundation Stock Service within the American Kennel Club.