Species group: Hound Group dogs
Other name(s): Black and Tan; American Black and Tan Coonhound; American Black and Tan
The Black and Tan Coonhound is one of several fine tracking breeds developed from foxhounds in the American south in order to pursue raccoons-- a pursuit that demands courage, tenacity, and enthusiasm about working with a human partner. The Black and Tan was recognized by the AKC as a separate breed from the American Foxhound in 1945, the first coonhound to receive that honor. Like the other coonhounds such as the Redbone, the Black and Tan is respected for its enthusiasm in the field and its ability to relax by the fire at home with the family. It can be a fine choice for hunters or families who love to spend a lot of time exploring the outdoors.
Appearance / health:
There are two types of Black and Tan Coonhound: show and field. The show types are a bit larger compared to the field types. Black and Tan Coonhounds are large and powerful dogs. The head is average in size with a large black nose and long drooping lips. The eyes are hazel to dark brown in color. The ears are very long and hanging. The feet are compact, with well-knuckled, strongly arched toes, and thick, strong pads. The tail is strong, carried free, and is at approximately right angle to back when the dog is in action.
Black and Tan Coonhounds are moderate shedders. Brushing their coat twice a week is sufficient to stimulate coat growth and remove dead hair. Coonhounds have a typical doggy smell. Bathing may be required every week or month. Toe nails can be trimmed once in two or three weeks. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly. Occasional brushing using special toothpaste and toothbrush available at pet stores helps to prevent tartar build up.
Taking them for a walk regularly presents them with new sights and smells and satiates their instinct for adventure. Keeping them involved in agility and tracking class serves as an outlet for their high energy levels.
Black and Tan Coonhounds are prone to hip dysplasia, (a hereditary disease which may eventually cause crippling lameness and arthritis of joints) hypothyroidism (a pathological condition resulting from severe thyroid insufficiency), and skin and coat problems.
Behavior / temperament:
Black and Tan Coonhounds are hunting dog and companion dog rolled into one. They are generally placid dogs, but can be persistent on the hunt. They are scent hounds and have a strong exploratory instinct. They should not be let off leash, as they can be difficult to recall.
Coonhounds are intelligent and quick to learn. They do exceptionally well in activities such as tracking, search, and rescue. However, they may pose difficulty in agility and obedience training that involves little or no use of their keen sense of smell. Harsh disciplinary measures need to be avoided while training, as this may adversely affect their behavior.
Black and Tan Coonhounds are average barkers. However, they start baying if left alone for few hours. They bay excessively when not provided with sufficient physical exercise and mental stimulation.
great hunters, tracking dog, rural area, great family dog, country dogs, sweet dog
loud bark, invisible squirrels, Loud, city living, apartment dwellers, hyper ones
hypersensitive nose, gps collar, slight jowls, exciting scents, big ears
With a Grain of Salt
My neighbor came to me one day saying he had seen a dog thrown out of the back of a truck, but didn't know where it had gone after that. I found her; a thin built dog that was so stubborn to get where she wanted to go that she slowly dragged her road burn covered, broken pawed self for an hour in the summer heat as I followed her, slowly getting closer until I could slip a rope on and walk her home with me.
Stubborn! I had always heard hound dogs were dogs that were always on alert and stubborn, but I never imagined she would be that ten out of ten. But she was. She still is! She never stopped pacing the yard, going on full alert at every sound coming from the woods around us, and she had no slow pace. Soon after this, I found out another thing I'd heard was true: hound dogs are master escape artists. Have you ever seen the kennels for them that have concrete floors, roofed tops, fencing to the ceiling, and a padlock on it? There is a reason for all that security, this dog can climb fences, jump fence, dig under fences, or just bust it open if "needed." It is hard to stop a dog that wants to hunt.
Despite being terrified (likely due to past abuse) of adults, Maida has always been great with kids. My toddler can crawl all over her, pull her ears, chase her with clanging pots and pans, screech - Maida just puts up with it all and still wants to give her kisses.
She is also great with other animals. She has never fought our other dogs, chased the horses, or killed the chickens. In fact, whenever we had new chicks, Maida has basically adopted them. She sleeps near them, follows them when they eventually explore the pastures, chases the other dogs away from them if they seem likely to eat one at random, and the scar on her face? She got that from fighting off a pair of raccoon's that had broken into the chicken pen one night.
The only thing that can get on my nerves about her is when she bays, which is going to happen because she is a hound dog. It is surprisingly loud, and as far as I can tell she will never lose her voice no matter how often she uses it to alert the whole neighborhood that a squirrel went up a tree in her presence.
Pros: gentle, friendly, intelligent, endurance
Cons: loud, stubborn, escapist.
From Caitlin_P Jun 20 2015 10:27AM
Steroids are old school
In my opinion, steroids such as dexamethasone for conditions that involve chronic pain and inflammation are ineffective. Steroids will help pain by reducing inflammation it is true. Steroids are great for those one time acute injuries that need a quick anti-inflammatory. If your pet is suffering from hip dysplasia or osteoarthritis then, steroids are not going to help without injuring another part in the body. If hip dysplasia is a chronic problem then steroids is not a chronic treatment. This is the reason. Steroids, if used over a long period of time, can suppress the own body's ability to produce its own hormones needed. If a patient will be having surgery soon then, use of steroids prior to surgery and after surgery for a short time is not a bad thing. Using steroids when surgery is not going to be an option can cause a side effect that could decrease your pet's quality of life. .
From JMalone CVT 65 days ago
When dealing with any fear, aggressive or otherwise, distance is your friend. Find out how far the dog needs to be away from the subject of their fear and work from there.
I recently worked with a dog who is fearful of people and dogs on walks outside of his home. My mentor trainer and I took him to a field along the beach. Oso, the dog, watched people pass by and was rewarded when he brought his attention back to mom.
Many times, dogs learn to bark because it makes the scary thing go away. You want to show them that the scary thing will leave without barking. If the dog does begin to bark, move him away and treat when he focuses on you.
Desensitizing a dog that is afraid can be a long process. The older the dog or the more bad association the dog has with the stimuli only makes it worse. Be patient and remember distance is your friend..
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