Black and Tan Coonhound Dog Breed

The Black and Tan Coonhound was originally used for hunting bears and raccoons.
By: PawCulture Editors
Black and Tan Coonhound

About the Black and Tan Coonhound Dog Breed

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a working dog. It is accustomed to difficult terrains and trails, and the tree games of summer or winter seasons. The Coonhound hunting skills are pure, working by scent alone.

Black And Tan Coonhound Physical Characteristics

The eager, amicable and alert expression of the Black and Tan Coonhound makes it very lovable. With its tail and head held high, the Coonhound moves about with graceful strides. Its long structure is moderately bony, but its build gives it strength, speed and agility. Its deep muzzle provides sufficient room for its olfactory apparatus, while its deep voice assists the hunter in finding the dog when it has trapped the game. It also has long ears that help stir up ground scents.


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The Black and Tan Coonhound’s coat is dense and short, which provides protection in all kinds of weather. 

Black And Tan Coonhound Personality and Temperament

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The Black and Tan Coonhound is not the typical house dog, but it still makes a notable and unusual pet. The dog remains quiet, calm, mellow, and friendly indoors, but outdoors, its hunting instincts become dominant – once tracking begins, it is unwilling to let go of a trail.

Things to Consider

This stubborn, independent, and strong dog sometimes howls and bays, shows reticence with strangers, though it is calm and tolerant with kids.

Black And Tan Coonhound Care

Ideal Living Conditions

Black and Tan Coonhounds can live indoors but require regular exercise that can be satisfied with a long walk, short jog or an excursion on a field. The Coonhound also loves to run a few miles and wanders on catching a scent.

Special Requirements

Grooming a Black and Tan Coonhound consists of the occasional brushing of the coat and regular ear checkups. As the Black and Tan drools, it is a good idea to wipe its face regularly.

Black And Tan Coonhound Health

The Black and Tan Coonhound, which has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years, is prone to minor health concerns such as ectropion and hypothyroidism, and major issues like canine hip dysplasia (CHD). The Coonhound also occasionally suffers from Hemophilia B. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may recommend hip and thyroid tests for the dog.

Black And Tan Coonhound History and Background

Bred mainly in the Blue Ridge, Appalachian, Smokey and Ozark Mountains, Black and Tan Coonhounds were originally used for hunting bears and raccoons in rugged terrain. It should be noted that the Black and Tan Coonhound is an American breed that was developed by crossing the black and tan Virginia Foxhound with the Bloodhound.

Much like their Bloodhound ancestors, the Black and Tan Coonhound trails with it nose to the ground, but at a faster pace. Trailing opossums and raccoons is its forte, but it is also good at trailing larger mammals. After trapping the quarry, the dog bays until the hunter arrives.

In 1945, the American Kennel Club recognized the Black and Tan Coonhound, though the breed has been more popular as a hunting dog than a pet or show dog. Although the United Kennel Club arranges several bench shows for the coonhound breeds, in which Blue Tick Coonhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Redbone Coonhounds, PlottHounds, English Coonhounds and Treeing Walkers participate.