Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Previous owner, Attended conferences / shows, Books, I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Illinois, United States
Posted July 8, 2013
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.