A large loose skinned hound resembling a lightly built Bloodhound.
The History Of The Black and Tan Coonhound
The Black and Tan Coonhound is also known as American Black and Tan Coonhound and the Treeing Hound. They originated in USA during the 1700's.
Generations of selective breeding have produced this raccoon and possum hunting hound. It was the result of crossing Bloodhounds, Foxhounds and the now extinct Talbot Hound. The Black and Tan Coonhound is a scent follower and works with their noses to the ground. Coonhounds do bay excessively when tracking except when they have treed their quarry.
The Black and Tan is one of the six breeds of American coonhounds. They were recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1900 followed sometime later by the American Kennel Club in 1945. Most hounds are registered with the UKC which holds many more field events than the rival AKC.
Description Of The Black and Tan Coonhound
Large hanging ears are not altered. The long tail is held upright when the dog is alert.
The breed averages 23 - 27 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 55 - 75 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
The coats are short, smooth and glossy with black being the predominant color. It must be accompanied by tan patches above the eyes, on the chest and legs and on the sides of the muzzle.
An occasional brushing will suffice but care must be taken to check the ears regularly to prevent infection.
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a big and powerful, well proportioned working hound. The long pendant ears fall in graceful folds and the strong tail is carried freely. The rounded eyes are hazel to dark brown.
Temperament and Black & Tan Coonhound Training
An intelligent and good-natured hunter and companion. The Black and Tan is an alert and eager dog, dedicated to their work. Some dogs can be protective and be somewhat reserved with strangers. They can play rough and get on better with older children. They often howl if left alone too much.
They require firm, patient and ongoing training. As with all dogs, Black and Tan Coonhound training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
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Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span of a Black and Tan Coonhound is around 10-12 years.
Reported health problems are: prone to hip dysplasia. Do not overfeed this breed.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
The Black and Tan Coonhound is not suited to apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and need a large yard plus vigorous daily exercise.
For More Information on the Black and Tan Coonhound
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Puppies are born solid black. Tan markings develop when the whelps are a few weeks old. The hunting urge is strong in the Black and Tan giving a tendency to wander off.
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