Black and Tan Coonhound Information

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Black and Tan Coonhound History

Black and Tan Coonhound is descended from the Talbot hound, found in medieval England after the eleventh century. This isa breed used principally for trailing and treeing raccoon. It's ancestors are thought to be the Bloodhound, and the Black And Tan Virginia Foxhound. The Black and Tan was officially recognized as a breed by the AKC in 1945.


Black and Tan Coonhound Temperament

The Black and Tan is a friendly, easy going dog. Since these dogs are bred to hunt and live in packs, they get along well with other dogs and fit well into a family environment. They can be shy and nervous around strangers, but given enough socialization, they can overcome it. Black and Tans do have an excellent sense of smell, so they tend to follow any scent that they find interesting. Great care must me taken so supervise this dog on walks to prevent it from getting lost and a large, fenced in yard is good when at home. These dogs are bred to trail game over long distances, so they do need a decent amount of exercise, but when at home they are a quintessential couch potato. Black and Tans tend to make good watchdogs, but since they have been bred to give "voice" when they are on the scent of a racoon, they are known to bark and howl a lot.


Black and Tan Coonhound Appearance

Black and Tans are a large dog that usually weighs between 65 to 100 pounds and stand 23 to 27 inches at the withers. The colouring must be black with tan markings and they have a short, smooth coat. The have the appearance of a less wrinkled Bloodhound and have skin folds around the neck and face.


Black and Tan Coonhound Grooming

These dogs are very low maintenace and require very little brushing. A quick wipe down with a damp cloth will keep the coat looking good. Since they have skin folds around the face and neck they must be checked frequently for sores and cleaned, or they will start to smell. The ears are long and dangling and must also be frequently checked and cleaned to prevent ear infections. Black and Tans tend to drool a lot and their jowls must be wiped clean frequently.



Black and Tan Coonhound Life Expectancy and Health Problems

Black and Tans are a generally a robust breed with few health problems. One of the most common complaints is Hip Displaysia and ear problems, since this breed has large pendulous ears. The average lifespan of this breed is 10 to 12 years.


Black and Tan Coonhound Pros and Cons

This simplified list may help you decide if a Black and Tan Coonhound might be a good fit into your lifestyle.


Do You Want

  • a large dog?
  • a friendly, easy going dog that gets along well with other dogs?
  • an energetic dog?
  • a dog that is easy to care for?

Do You NOT Want

  • a dog that needs a lot of exercise?
  • a dog that slobbers and drools a lot?
  • a dog that barks and howls a lot?
  • a dog that needs frequent ear and skin care?
  • a dog that will follow any scent that he finds interesting?
  • a dog that has the typical "hound" smell?


Useful Black and Tan Coonhound Links

American Black and Tan Coonhound Association

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