Black and Tan Coonhound

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    History & Overview

    The Black and Tan Coonhound is probably descended from English Foxhounds, and Bloodhounds brought over to Virginia in the 17th century. There are five other varieties of Coonhound:

    • Redbone Coonhound
    • Plott Hound
    • Bluetick Coonhound
    • English Coonhound
    • Treeing Walker Coonhound


    This is a courageous dog that gives a general impression of power, agility and alertness. He immediately impresses one with his ability to cover the ground with powerful rhythmic strides. Its courage also makes him very useful for hunting deer, bear, mountain lion and other big game which he tracks entirely by scent. The breed is very hardy and adjusts very well to the rigors of winter, the heat of summer, and the rough terrain.


    Males are heavier in bone and muscle tone than females. Major conformation faults: excessive wrinkles, excessive deviation from scissors bite, yellow or light eyes, ears that do not reach the tip of the nose and are set too high on the head, lack of vibrant tan markings, excessive areas of tan markings, excessive black coloration, white on chest or other parts of body, smaller than required size.

    At A Glance

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    Hound (hunting, tracking and treeing)


    FCI Classification: Group 6: Scent hounds and related breeds. Section 1: Large-sized hounds; without working trial
    AKC Classification: Hound Group


    Large (23 – 27 inches at shoulders)


    Coal-black with rich tan markings above eyes, on sides of muzzle, chest, legs and breeching, with black pencil markings on toes.

    Litter Size:


    Life Span:

    10 – 12 years

    Grooming Requirements:

    Brush its short and dense coat weekly, bathe regularly to eliminate the “houndy” odor and check its long ears on a regular basis.




    The Black and Tan Coonhound is a powerful, agile and alert dog of even temperament and great stamina which can track a scent for long periods of time. Outgoing and friendly with his family, the Coonhound may be reserved with strangers but is never aggressive or vicious. As a working scent hound, works in close contact with other hounds. He has a loud, baying bark, loves to dig, howl and chase and tree small animals.

    Social skills:

    Early socialization is required. Usually gets along with other household pets, but will chase cats.

    Suitability for Children:

    The Black and Tan Coonhound tolerates better with older, considerate children.

    Exercise Needs:

    The breed does best on a farm and needs a large fenced yard. He makes a great jogging partner for people with active lifestyles.

    Train Ability:

    Requires gentle, but firm handling and lots of patience.

    Health & Behavioral Issues:

    The Black and Tan Coonhound is a healthy breed and does not suffer from devastating hereditary canine disorders which plague other large dog breeds. Most common diseases include:

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