Coonhound

There are many varieties of coonhounds today, and all coonhounds can be traced back to various breeds of foxhounds. Coonhounds originated in England, and the dogs were used for hunting game in the fields and forests. The distinctive baying of the dogs alerts their owners that prey has been treed. Several individual breeds of Coonhound are the Black and Tan Coonhound, Bluetick Coonhound, American English Redtick Coonhound, Plott Hound, Redbone Coonhound and the Treeing Walker Coonhound.

Coonhounds are large dogs, standing up to 27 inches at the withers. The dogs are sturdy and easily recognizable by their long, drooping ears. Thick bones and well-defined muscles make this a strong breed. Care should be taken to not let the dog gain so much weight that it loses its defined shape. Personality: Coonhounds tend to be outgoing and friendly animals. The dog tends to be laid back and lazy at home, enjoying time spent on the couch or in its owner’s bed. Outside of the home, the dogs require a job or exercise. The coonhound loves to chase small animals. Care must be taken to curb this instinct when the dog is a puppy if you want it to live safely with smaller pets.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
United States
Life Span
10-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Coonhound

Coonhound Build Information

Size
Large
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

Coonhounds are large dogs, standing up to 27 inches at the withers. The dogs are sturdy and easily recognizable by their long, drooping ears. Thick bones and well-defined muscles make this a strong breed. Care should be taken to not let the dog gain so much weight that it loses its defined shape.

Behaviour and Personality

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

Coonhounds tend to be outgoing and friendly animals. The dog tends to be laid back and lazy at home, enjoying time spent on the couch or in its owner’s bed. Outside of the home, the dogs require a job or exercise. The coonhound loves to chase small animals. Care must be taken to curb this instinct when the dog is a puppy if you want it to live safely with smaller pets.

Appearance

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

The coat of the coonhound is tight and short. These dogs do not require regular haircuts like some other breeds. Instead, the coonhound needs frequent bathing to keep its distinctive hound smell at bay. Weekly brushings with a rubber comb or wiping with a chamois cloth keeps the coat shiny and beautiful.

The long, pendulous ears of the coonhound make the breed susceptible to ear infections.

Weekly ear cleanings can help to curb these infections. Teach your puppy how to accept toenail trimmings and teeth brushing early on. These things will ensure that you are able to keep your coonhound clean and healthy.

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
  • Individual breeds of coonhound include the bluetick coonhound, plott hound, redbone coonhound, treeing walker coonhound, American English redtick coonhound, and the black and tan coonhound
  • The distinctive bay of the coonhound is revered by the breeds

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Common Health Conditions in Coonhounds

Coonhounds are prone to few health issues. Your coonhound may experience ear infections, hip and joint problems, and working injuries. It is not uncommon to discover that a coonhound has ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament. Choose a puppy from a breeder that has health tested the sire and dam to be sure that you are getting a quality dog.

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