Black and Tan Coonhound

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Species group:

Other name(s): Black and Tan; American Black and Tan Coonhound; American Black and Tan

The basics:
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

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