Black and Tan Coonhound

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

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 make 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 nose and are set too high on the head, lack of rich tan markings, excessive areas of tan markings, excessive black coloration, white on chest or other parts of body is highly, smaller than required size.

Black and Tan Coonhound
Photos courtesy of Briarhunt Kennels - breeders of show and trial award-winning Black and Tan Coonhounds in both Canada and United States.

Other Names: B&T

Country of Origin:USA

Utilization: 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

Size: Large (23-27 inches at shoulders)

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

Litter Size: 9

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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.

Shedding: Little

Personality: 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 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 are hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, progressive blindness, and entropion.

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