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
Best treatment and preventative
An infected uterus or pyometra can be life threatening if not treated quickly. A pyometra is a uterus full of pus. The uterus often times looks like a pregnant uterus except there are no babies, just full of pus. If not treated quickly their life can be in danger. Often times when a pyometra is diagnosed, the treatment is surgery to remove the uterus. It can be treated medically, but sometimes is not recommended. If it is a breeding dog, then medical management can be discussed. But spaying not only treats the problem, but it also prevents it from happening again since the uterus will be removed. The down side is that the dog will no longer be able to breather. But if the dog is not being used for breeding, then spaying the dog is recommended. Spaying also reduces the risk of other problems such as mammary cancer too. Usually dogs recover just fine once surgery is done and the uterus is removed. However,it is surgery and with surgery there are always risks. But if the patients life is at risk, the surgery should be done. The surgery is a simple procedure, it is the exact same procedure as doing a spay. .
From Tabitha Wickett 86 days ago
Positive Reinforcement only went so far with our mixed breed dog
Our mixed breed mutt had been kept in a garage for six months and had not been trained nor socialized in any way when we got him. He was very wild, untamed and impulsive, and teaching him anything at all was quite a challenge.
When using positive reinforcement on our dog, it would work for some of his behavioral issues some of the time. but never all the time. We tried giving him extra attention and/or treats as positive reinforcement techniques.
He would urinate on the floor constantly and would even urinate on us sometimes whenever he would turn over on his back and we would rub his belly. We weren't sure if it was a bladder problem, a nervous problem, or if he just didn't care, but no matter what we did, we couldn't stop him from urinating whenever and wherever he pleased--especially when he would get excited. And positive reinforcement never worked on him for house training purposes.
It worked sometimes for: jumping, not coming when called, socializing with humans, whining, digging and destructive chewing
It almost never worked for heeling and play biting.
Again, this is just based on a mixed breed dog who had no kind of training for the first 4 to 6 months of his life. Pure breed and/or other more domesticated mixed breed dogs would likely be more receptive to positive reinforcement techniques.
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