Black and Tan Coonhound

Quick facts

Black and Tan Coonhound AKC Group: Hound
Height: 23-27 inches
Weight: 50-75 pounds
Colors: Coal black and tan
AKC recognized in: 1945

Originally bred in the United States, the Black and Tan Coonhound is also known as the American Black and Tan Coonhound. It is a cross between and among breeds such as the Black and Tan Foxhound, the Bloodhound, and the now-extinct, 11th century English Talbot Hound.

An excellent tracker, hunter, and watchdog, consider the Coonhound a separate breed apart from the Foxhound. There are two types mainly the field lines and the bench lines. Field Coonhounds are bred for hunting and outdoor work, while Bench Coonhounds are bred purely for show.

Being longer than its height, the body is very well-proportioned. Its coat is short but dense with tan markings to distinguish it on the muzzle, chest, and limbs. Despite its long muzzle, its ears still reach and hang beyond the nose tip. Ears aside, it has a keen eye and nose for hunting raccoon, deer, bear, and other trail and tree game.

Temperament

Black and Tan Coonhound Summary
Affection three paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training one paw
Energy level two paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness three paws
Protection Ability three paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

You'd be pleased to note that the Black and Tan Coonhound is such a smart and intelligent dog. Quick to follow, it makes a great hunting guide and home companion.

Coonhounds are basically good-natured, loyal, and eager to please. Like most dogs, however, they are protective and reserved with strangers. All in all, they are usually gentle, outgoing, and friendly towards people who show no signs of aggression or hostility.

A large hunting hound, the Coonhound can best be described as strong, persistent, and determined. As a worker, you'll love how this creature shows so much passion and dedication to stay on track despite terrain and weather conditions. Once it's been trained and disciplined, expect it to respect your leadership and authority.

The Coonhound's temperament does vary depending on whether it's a field dog or a show dog. Therefore, your success in training would rely on how you treat your dog and what type of exercise you give it.

Health and Exercise

Here's a breed which naturally drools and slobbers when it's relaxed. Behavioral problems only start to show when this dog's high-strung and restless. A lack of training and exercise can make this dog behave willfully and play roughly.

To curb this destructive streak, give your Coonhound enough physical and mental exercise on a daily basis. Remember to keep your dog on a leash, though, because it's still very much an alert hunting hound which takes off after an interesting scent.

Because small spaces and indoor living do not go well with its temperament, you should allow your Coonhound to roam in a larger yard. Let it take long, vigorous walks everyday and give it tasks to do.

As active as the Coonhound is, it tends to quickly gain weight when it's overfed. It's also prone to hip dysplasia in old age. With its ears all long and droopy, it's best to clean those regularly to keep them infection-free.

Fairly healthy and well-groomed, a Black and Tan Coonhound would live to as long as 10 to 12 years. It will yield a litter size of about 7 to 8 puppies per litter.

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