Species group: Hound Group dogs
Other name(s): English Coonhound; American English Coonhound; Redtick Coonhound; Redtick English Coonhound
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
She ain't nothing but a hound dog!
Volunteering at an animal rescue I have fostered many dogs. When we took in an adult redtick coonhound I knew she would be in my care for a few months before she would be eligible for adoption. Fast forward to 2 months later, I couldn't give her up! Scarlett is by far the best dog I have ever owned or cared for. She is incredibly affectionate, obedient and friendly with new people and dogs. She was extremely easy to train, learning rules quickly. Redticks are very "people-oriented" so they will do anything they can to make their person happy!
The best thing about most hounds, in my opinion, is that they adjust very easily to a household with 9-5 jobs. Typically, hounds are fairly lazy when indoors and active when outside. I never feel guilty leaving for work knowing she is perfectly content taking a few naps until my return.
Scarlett is a bit unusual for the breed in two respects. First, she is atypically friendly. She can meet someone for the first time, without introduction (for instance a new dog walker that comes for the first time when I am not home), and will immediately bring them her toys to play. Typically they are a bit more defensive of their territory and unfamiliar people. Second, she almost never howls/barks. Hounds howl, its a fact of life. However I have only seen her howl at neighborhood cats! I can't complain about that :).
From Matchgirl89 Feb 27 2013 2:40PM
The Escape Artist
A sad fact: A very small majority of hunters will acquire their dogs during off season, house them, feed them, groom them to hunt… then, when the season opens, that dog will work ever so diligently to please his owner during the hunts. When the season closes in January, these dogs are dumped. They can be found on the side of the road, foraging through dumpsters, half starved and very confused. MOST serious avid hunters DO NOT treat their dogs this way. However, for this small majority of hunting dogs that find themselves in this peril there are the Rescue groups. Enter the American English Coonhound. What a beautiful, stealth-like creature! Most often red or black ticked, (that’s freckles for dogs), with a tucked tummy and an average height of 25” inches at the withers, this breed is sharp. I’ve worked with literally dozens over the years, all to be found with one common denominator. These dogs do not like to be cooped up, they want to hunt. Not the ideal house dog, the American English will use whatever means necessary to escape their enclosure, their lead, their dog house… all in the name of a good hunt. This is a deep seated instinct bred into this dog and he/she just can’t help themselves. Originally bred to hunt raccoon and fox, these precious hounds have a distinctive voice, and will adamantly bark once his game has been treed. But try to capture this creature back to his leash when he/she has not treed game, you might as well try to remove peanut butter from the roof of your mouth without water… just isn’t gonna happen without good effort. Not an apartment dweller by any means, this fluently gaited dog needs room to run, a farm, or someone who jogs – a lot. Of the hunting breed however, the American English is actually very shy and accommodating as a family pet. With proper training, this breed is terrific with children, and with a very laid back demeanor still maintains a good watch dog mentality..
From mgreenwalt1963 Jul 8 2013 12:20PM
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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