Black and Tan Coonhound
Description: This dog is a determined hunting hound. This is a large dog; the head is in good proportions to the body. The body’s length is equal, or slightly larger than the height of the dog at the withers. The head is longer and more oval on the outline, the muzzle is long.
The teeth meet in a scissor bite. The eyes are oval and hazel or dark brown; they have tanned spots above the eye. This dog has long ears, sets low hanging towards the ground, reaching beyond the tip of the nose.
They have long legs that are straight, and even with the body. The dog’s skin fits loosely. The strong tail is carried unreservedly. They have a short thick, black coat with distinctive tan markings on their chest limbs and muzzle.
History: This dog was developed by crossing the Talbot Hound with the bloodhound and foxhound. The black and tan coonhound was the first coonhound, to be considered as a separate breed from foxhound. This hound is known for its howling and tracking abilities.
The hunting abilities of this breed are renowned, they have been known for hunting deer, bear, mountain lions, over all terrains. This is a hardy hound that can live outside in any weather. Among its talents are tracking, watchdog, and even agility.
Temperament: this is a good-natured dog, that is loyal quick to learn and intelligent. This is an eager dog, which loves and is passionate about working. He is gentle and kind to people, loves to hear its master’s voice.
This dog needs to know humans are alpha and be shown good leadership, to maintain the health and balance of this dog. This dog is usually better with older children. This breed, needs to have lots of exercise, it is used to being able to run for hours at a time.
Without lots of walks this dog can become highly strung, possibly showing signs of aggression towards the owner, who has not communicated that the humans are in command.
This dog with the right training, leadership, and rules, can be a wonderful dog, and a full member of an active family. Without good, physical and mental exercise, this dog can howl if left alone, and can be very aggressive with other dogs, and will need good socialization at a very young age.
It is best, if you wish to have this hound as a pet to look at the show breed. As these have slightly less energy than the working breed. Care needs to be given when out walking this dog, as a working dog, this dog is likely to chase and scent out all types of small rodents. It is best to keep this dog on a lead when out walking.
Health issues: This breed is fairly hardy, but can get hip dysplasia. It can gain weight easily so portion control is a must.
Grooming: this breed needs little in grooming and an occasional brush over works fine. A weekly check needs to be done, for ears and eyes, to keep clean, and infection free.
Living conditions: this breed is not recommended for apartment life. They are an active breed, and will do best with a large garden, plenty of walks and exercise, and really will suit an active family.
More Black and Tan Coonhound Dog Breed Info
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a gentle, adaptable, and lovable dog. Many are easygoing and people-friendly, and the Black and Tan Coonhound is happiest when performing the work it has been bred for. Easily distracted by their incredible sense of smell, these dogs require patient handling and encouragement.
Though most are trusting and sweet-natured, Black and Tan puppies require a fair amount of encouragement to boost their confidence, especially when living indoors as pets.
Black and Tan Coonhounds are happy to be couch-potatoes when given plenty of exercise, and they enjoy the company of their human family. Black and Tans may seem cautious or nervous around strangers or unfamiliar dogs, but will socialize well with time, as they are bred to hunt and work in packs.
They don’t become senior citizens until about ten years old, and will be active, fun-loving buddies for their first decade. The nose of the Black and Tan Coonhound will often lead it to trouble, and it must therefore be kept on leash when outdoors.
When tracking, the Coonhound may work methodically, but the untrained and off-leash Coonhound will sometimes race off after a scent. Patient training is essential.
The Black and Tan is best known as a raccoon hunter, the breed has also been used very successfully to hunt other types of game such as bear, stag, opossum, deer and mountain lion – even on difficult terrain.
It withstands well the rigors of winter as well as intense heat. Some of the Black and Tan Coonhound talent’s include hunting, tracking, watch dogging, and agility. Black and Tan Coonhounds are the only breed officially recognized as Coonhounds by the American Kennel Club.
This breed drools and slobbers, a trait that can be troublesome. Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “the way you deal with your coonhound’s slobber can perhaps be the most telling way of how you handle your everyday problems, after all he is your best friend.”
This breed is not well-suited for someone who is looking for a quiet dog; Black and Tan Coonhounds, like all coonhounds, are quite vocal and will bark and howl often.
Black and Tan Coonhounds are effective at warning their owners when a stranger enters the yard. Their bark sounds threatening to strangers, but they are unlikely to actually bite unless they sense danger or they or their pack are threatened.
It can be difficult to find a Black and Tan Coonhound for sale, and when found, they are usually quite costly. Litter size and ability to show can both be factors in the price, as can the fact that the breed is generally more rare than most others.
As with most pure breeds of dogs, some breeders will set a low price point in an effort to introduce the breed to newcomers, while others breed the dogs purely for profit.
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