Black and Tan Coonhound

Breed origin: USA
Original purpose: Trailing and treeing raccoon entirely by scent.

AKC recognized: 1945
AKC group: Hound

Size: Height: males 25 to 27 inches; females 23 to 25 inches
Color: Coal black with rich tan markings above eyes, on sides of muzzle, chest, legs and breeching, with black pencil markings on toes.

General characteristics/temperament: The Black and Tan Coonhound is even tempered, alert, agile, outgoing and friendly. A working trail and tree hound, they hunt entirely by scent and are capable of withstanding the rigors of winter, the heat of summer, and the difficult terrain over which they were bred to work. Their gentle, easeygoing and adaptable temperament also make them good companion dogs, but they are easily distracted by their incredible sense of smell and require a lot of patience with training. They are also very vocal and will bark and howl often, making them unsuitable for someone looking for a quiet dog or someone who lives in an apartment.

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

OK in apartments? No

Suitable canine sports/activities: tracking

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, ear infections, eye problems.

Recommended books for further reading:

Black and Tan Coonhound (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Linda Hibbard
Published in 2009
158 pages

Black and Tan Coonhounds
By Anna Katherine Nicholas
Published in 1990
191 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Black & Tan Coonhound Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Black & Tan Coonhound Club Rescue

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