Black and Tan Coonhound

The ancestor of the black and tan coonhound is the English foxhound. The breed was developed in the southern area of the United States in the 1700s. The breed is thought to be a creation of cross breeding among bloodhounds and English foxhounds. Originally bred to tree possums and raccoons, the dog is also considered to be a great companion animal. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of this, and the black and tan coonhound is not as popular today as it once was.

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a medium to large sized athletic dog breed with the perfect attributed to be a successful hunter: It has large, long ears and a large muzzle allowing it to hunt for medium sized prey, such as raccoons. It has a dense, glossy, short weather-resistant coat. They shed moderately and need to be brushed once or twice a week to get rid of excess hair. Personality: This is an easygoing, friendly dog that is calm and playful. It loves the outdoors and needs to roam outside to be happy. It has hunting instincts and will start trailing once it picks up a scent. Black and Tan Coonhounds can be stubborn and independent and need to be trained well. They are friendly, but not necessarily playful with children. They are reserved with strangers and may bark a lot.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
United States
Life Span
10-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
American Black and Tan Coonhound, Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a medium to large sized athletic dog breed with the perfect attributed to be a successful hunter: It has large, long ears and a large muzzle allowing it to hunt for medium sized prey, such as raccoons. It has a dense, glossy, short weather-resistant coat. They shed moderately and need to be brushed once or twice a week to get rid of excess hair.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

This is an easygoing, friendly dog that is calm and playful. It loves the outdoors and needs to roam outside to be happy. It has hunting instincts and will start trailing once it picks up a scent.

Black and Tan Coonhounds can be stubborn and independent and need to be trained well.

They are friendly, but not necessarily playful with children. They are reserved with strangers and may bark a lot.

Appearance

Colors
Black & Tan
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Fine

Like other scent hounds, the black and tan coonhound has an oil in its skin and coat designed to hold onto scent. This oil can cause the dog to smell poorly if left to build up. Regular bathing will prevent the smell from being absorbed by your furniture and carpeting.

Other than bathing, the black and tan coonhound does not require much grooming.

Like any dog, nails should be clipped short, ears should be cleaned, and teeth should be brushed. The pendulous ears make the breed prone to ear infections; be sure to check the ears regularly for redness or a strong odor.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • The breed bays and howls loudly
  • Black and tan coonhounds must be kept on a leash at all times because they can get lost when following a scent
  • Give your dog a job to do to prevent it from becoming bored and destructive
  • The dog is prone to obesity; owners should not give into begging
  • Black and tan coonhounds need obedience training from the start in order to turn into great family dogs
  • This breed is excellent with children but can be clumsy
  • Children should always be supervised when interacting with the breed
  • The Black and tan coonhound is not known by any other names

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Common Health Conditions in Black and Tan Coonhounds

The black and tan coonhound is a reasonably healthy breed. Unlike other large scent hounds, the breed is not prone to multiple health issues. Of the issues that plague the breed, hip dysplasia and cataracts are the most common. Responsible breeders health test the chosen parents before breeding takes place. Ask the breeder to show you proof of hip certification from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. You should also ask for proof of eye certification from the Canine Registry Foundation. Purchase your puppy from a responsible breeder to ensure that it has less risk of developing these serious issues.

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