Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: United States
Group: Scenthound
Height: 23-27 in.
Weight: 55-75 lbs.
Life span: 10-12 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes, usually older, gentle children
Good with other pets: sometimes dog-aggressive, will chase small animals

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The Black and Tan Coonhound is a hunter who loves to run for miles and can’t be stopped when on a scent.

What is the origin of the Black and Tan Coonhound?

The Black and Tan Coonhounds, an American breed, were originally bred from Bloodhounds and Foxhounds in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, Ozark and Smokey Mountain areas. They were used to hunt raccoons and opossums. When they treed the prey, they would bay until the hunter’s arrival.

What does the Black and Tan Coonhound look like?

The Black and Tan Coonhound is 23-27 inches tall and weighs 55-75 lbs. depending on gender. Ears are long, low-set and hang in folds. Eyes are dark and rounded. The tail is carried high. They drool and need their faces cleaned daily. The coat is smooth and short. Color as the name implies is black and tan. Occasional brushing will rid the coat of dead hair.

What is the temperament of the Black and Tan Coonhound?

Black and Tans are strong dogs and they can be independent and stubborn, particularly when on a scent. Obedience training with a firm but kind hand will help to avoid bad behavior. They are gentle with children. Coonhounds are outgoing and friendly, but sometimes reserved with strangers. As they are hunting dogs, Coonhounds are full of energy and need daily long walks and a safe area to run in.

What is the Black and Tan Coonhound used for?

The Black and Tan, because of its ability to run for miles and stay on the scent is still popular as a hunting dog. This loyal, intelligent dog is a good companion in an active family.

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