Black and Tan Coonhound

Other names/Nicknames:
  • American Black and Tan Coonhound
  • Treeing Hound
Country/Date of origin:
  • United States
  • 1700′s
  • Females:  23 to 25 inches
  • Males:  25 to 27 inches
  • Females:  55 to 70 pounds
  • Males:  60 to 75 pounds
  • Very active dogs.
  • Do better in a country setting.
  • Friendly and even tempered.

Generations of breeding have produced this raccoon and possum specialist.  Like the dogs it was created from, the Bloodhound, the Foxhound, and the now extinct Talbot Hound, the Black and Tan Coonhound is a scent trailer and works with his head down.  Coonhounds do not give excessive voice when trailing, but when the quarry is treed, they break into a lusty chorus.  One of the six breeds of American coonhounds, the Black and Tan was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1900 and by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1945.  Most are registered with the UKC, which holds many more field events than the rival AKC.

Body Type:
  • A large, distinctively-marked hound with loose skin.
  • Resembles a lightly built Bloodhound.
  • Large, droopy ears are not altered.
  • Long tail is held upright when the dog is alert.
  • Short, smooth, and glossy.
  • Black is the predominant color and must be accompanied by tan patches above the eyes, on the chest, legs, and on the sides of the muzzle.  Should comprise about 10 to 15 percent of the total body area.
Health and Wellness:
  • Generally healthy.
  • Ear cankers typical of breeds with pendulous ears.
  • Hip dysplasia.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy.
  • Blood disorder known as Hemophilia B is sometimes genetically transmitted.
What you should know:
  • Each Coonhound has a distinctive voice, and hunters can recognize their dogs by sound alone as they follow a hunting pack.
  • Puppies are born solid black.  The tan markings develop when the whelps are a few weeks old.
  • Likes to wander off.
  • The hunting urge runs strong in the Black and Tan.
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