Black and Tan Coonhound
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a large, shorthaired breed that requires plenty of exercise. One of the few breeds originating from the U.S.
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Finding a Black and Tan Coonhound
- Large, muscular build
- Oval-shaped head with black nose
- Round eyes come in hazel or brown
- Coat: Short, compact black hair with tan markings on the muzzle, eyes, legs and chest
- Height: 23-27 inches
- Weight: 50-75 pounds
- Average lifespan: 10-12 years
- Willful, alert, friendly, outgoing, affectionate, eager to work
- Interaction with people: Good with children; wary of strangers
- Training: Needs patient, firm training
- Bark: Can be very vocal
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Not recommended for apartments
- Best in a rural area
- Needs plenty of exercise and long, daily walks
- Natural instinct to chase small animals
- Average shedder
- Brush weekly
- Clean and check ears often for infections
- Historically used in rural areas for hunting; today it's used as a jogging companion, camping partner and house pet
- Changes the tone of its voice after it has treed an animal to alert fellow hunters
- Excels in obedience and agility trials
- Native to the U.S.
- Descended from the bloodhound, Irish Kerry beagle, and foxhound - specifically the Virginia foxhound of the 1700s
- Developed by settlers of the American South to track the scent of raccoon and opossum and tree the animals once they are detected
- Used today to hunt raccoon, bobcat, deer, elk, wild board and bear