American English Coonhound

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Species group:

Other name(s): English Coonhound; American English Coonhound; Redtick Coonhound; Redtick English Coonhound

The basics:
Although it was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) only in 2011, the American English Coonhound was developed from English Foxhounds by settlers in the New World who needed a dog adapted to rough terrain who could hunt fox by day and raccoons by night. The result is a fast, wide-ranging breed with a fine voice. According to the AKC, even today this hound is bred almost entirely as a hunting animal rather than a companion. If you're looking for a quiet, stay-at-home apartment pet, the American English Coonhound is not the breed for you.

Appearance / health:
The American English Coonhound is a medium-sized, slender, and muscular dog with long, powerful legs and an athletic body. Its head is medium-sized with big drooping ears and a square muzzle. The eyes are round, dark, and obliquely set. The neck is muscular, moderately long, and strong. The legs are straight, well boned, and strong. The tail is set high, of medium length, uniformly thick, and carried high when alert.

The American English Coonhound is an average shedder and requires a regular combing and brushing to keep its coat clean and healthy. The coat may be bathed with shampoo when necessary.

American English Coonhounds require regular outdoor activity in the form of walks, play sessions, jogs, bike rides, and swimming. Well-exercised dogs are less likely to indulge in destructive habits.

The American English Coonhound is generally a very healthy breed but may be prone to hip dysplasia (inherent disease in which the hip joints are dislocated leading to lameness and crippling).

Behavior / temperament:
American English Coonhounds have strong hunting instincts for tree animals, raccoons, foxes, deer, cougars, boars, bobcats, and bears. These athletic dogs tend to view smaller animals as prey and are likely to chase them.

Without sufficient activity or exercise, they may tend to bay and chew. They cannot be trusted off-leash.

American English Coonhounds are fast learners and respond well to obedience training.

Owing to its hound ancestry, the American English Coonhound may tend to bay at times, which can be heard from a distance.


avid hunters, great companion, Happy hounds, watch dog mentality, sweet personalities


noises, neighborhood cats, hound bark, howl, Escape Artist

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