The Black and Tan Coonhound originates from the United States and is used for hunting raccoons.
The history of the breed dates back to the XIth century, when in England was created its predecessor–the Talbot hound. During the great geographical discoveries some of these dogs were brought to the New World and later were crossed with Bloodhound and Foxhound. The resultant Virginia Foxhound breed , became later Black and Tan Coonhound and was recognized by the AKC in 1945.
The Black and Tan Coonhound weighs between 29 and 59 kg and is 58-69 cm high. He has a thick and short coat, smooth to the touch, with black and tan color. From the skull to the nose the head size is about 25 cm in males and from 17 to 21 cm in females. The neck is muscular, sloping, medium length. The ears are long, enclosing his face, but his expression is typical for a hunting dogs. The head and tail carriage is proud and alert, the top line remains level.
The average litter of the Black and Tan Coonhound is 8 puppies.
Character and behavior
This is a carefree dog, lively and curious by nature. He loves to explore and could break away from the leash, so you should be very careful if you live in the city. He is confident and intelligent, but also stubborn, which can cause difficulties in training. The Black and Tan Coonhound has very good instincts and a perfect nose which makes him a good police dog. Although he enjoy the games, one of his favorite things is lounging on the sofa at home.
The courage of the Coonhound also makes him a good hunter ofdeer, bear and cougar. Each hound has a typical voice which is easily recognizable by the owner from large distances.
Training and education
If you are looking for puppies for sale, you should know that the Black and Tan Coonhound needs a lot of movement. They are resolute and cheerful, but their stubbornness makes them more suitable for people with experience in growing dogs.
Make sure that everyone obey same rules for the new puppy. From the minute your new Black and Tan Hound joins the family, everyone should be using the same command, enforcing the same penalties and rewarding positive achievements.
The average life expectancy of the Black and Tan Coonhound is between 10 and 12 years. They could be affected by many health problems, some of which are cataract, circulatory disorders, PRA and HD. Adult dogs must have OFA and CERF certificates.
Grooming and care
When it comes to maintenance, it is enough to comb the hair from time to time to keep it in good shape. You should clean his ears once a week to prevent infection. Bathing should be done only when necessary. Teeth could be brushed on weekly basis.
Many believe that the long ears help the Black and Tan Hound to hear better. But actually they serve them to smell better.
Children and other pets
These dogs generally behave well with children and other animals, but may be dominant in the presence of other dogs. Their attitude towards strangers depends - some are reserved, others are really friendly.
There is a say that these dogs can sing.The Black and Tan Coonhounds have a deep and somehow pleasant voice. Some people love their “music”, but those might not include your neighbors.
Among professionals, he's famous for his “cold nose” - the ability to pick up and follow an old trail, no matter how faint.