The Adorable Black & Tan Coonhound: A Dog With a Marvelous Personality

The Black and Tan Coonhound is first and fundamentally a working dog, a trail and tree hound, capable of withstanding the rigors of winter, the heat of summer or snow in the fall. This breed will adapt. I had one growing up and it was the absolute toughest dog I’ve ever been around. The Black and Tan Coonhound is a breed of hunting dog. Developed in the United States from crosses between the Bloodhound and the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound, this scent hound runs its game entirely by scent and is used primarily for raccoon hunting.

Black and Tan Coonhound Dog Breed Information

Height & Weight: medium to large at about 10.5 to 16 pounds. Age: mostly a seven to ten year breed. Mane & Tail Color: usually chestnut with silver highlights, occasionally blued to a black & tan. Eye Color: two colors, one a deep chocolate brown, and one a very pale gold. Traits: Built to run—fast, strong, sturdy and smart—to stay healthy, fast and alert in the harsh environment of snow-capped mountains. If not given enough to do, will come into the house where he is welcomed, either by being put outside, or under the table. If he were in a house, he would prefer to be outside, where he has more room to move and room for action. This dog will need someone who is very willing to play with him daily—you’ll need to get some tennis balls for them.

What Kind of Temperament Does The Black and Tan Coonhound Have?

A breed that is born fearless and leads a sheltered life, the Black and Tan Coonhound is not your typical aggressive dog. These dogs are well mannered and gentle, so much so that I believe that part of their good behavior stems from that working nature. Because of their desire to retrieve, they are not overly protective and will let a dog that’s out for a good time run off a few times, but will, if needed, pick up on the signals and run to your side and protect you if it appears an aggressive animal is about to be unleashed. Additional notable characteristics of the Black and Tan Coonhound are their patience and temperament when it comes to dealing with dogs who are raised aggressively and become ill-mannered once in the hands of owners who use harsh training methods.

What Should I Feed My Black and Tan Coonhound?

Their instincts will make them sure to eat whatever they can find and dig to find it. A diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates and starch is very good for a Coonhound. A Coonhound can be trained to hunt with a pellet gun. In order to do this, they must be raised with a diet high in protein and carbohydrates and low in carbohydrates and starch. What to Know Before Buying a Black and Tan Coonhound My Coonhound has very bad breath when she is working in cold temperatures and sweat stains on her belly when she is really working hard. What can I do? There is no doubt about it, the Black and Tan Coonhound has a pungent odor. Their sweat glands are very sensitive and will easily develop sweat stains in wet weather.

The Adorable Black & Tan Coonhound: A Dog With a Marvelous Personality
The Adorable Black & Tan Coonhound: A Dog With a Marvelous Personality

How Much Grooming Does The Black and Tan Coonhound Need?

The breed is mostly bald; however, they also have a black or dark brown ring around the eye (this may change from dog to dog and may not be apparent for a while if your dog is going bald). They should be brushed daily. The coat should be brushed weekly or they will develop mats. They tend to have a rough coat so they do require a coarse groomer to help them out. How Should You Breed the Black and Tan Coonhound? The standard of care that the breed is open to is expansive. They can be combined with any dog. But if you want a hardier hardy breed you can breed two Black and Tan Coonhounds. The advantage of having two black and tans is that if one dies, they can mate again to produce more black and tans. Their natural aggression makes it imperative that they mate every two years or so.

Is The Black and Tan Coonhound Easy To Train?

Like many breeds, the black and tan requires a bit more work than a family dog. It is not a normal, background dog that would thrive with a family. Black and tans are generally turned into service dog rather than family dogs because of their work ability, but they can and do make terrific family dogs, if a commitment is made to training and the associated daily chores. When Are Black and Tan Coonhounds In Demand? A few, limited resources are known. There are approximately 350 in the United States that are kept by 10 breeders. The organization behind the breed, in association with several states, is attempting to develop more resources.

What Health Issues Does The Black and Tan Coonhound Have?

I have to be honest with you: Most Black and Tan Coonhounds you see walking the streets of New York City have health issues. I’ve seen dogs who were on drugs that made them lethargic and literally broken. But that’s just the problem. It’s hard to define a breed that has a breed profile that doesn’t fit. You could definitely find a dog with severe hip dysplasia and severe disease in his eyes. People say they have symptoms that resemble the Type II Diabetes. Diabetes can cause thyroid problems, weight loss and obesity. Any large breed, no matter what the genetics, can have allergies to environmental factors. Just like people, they can have arthritis, obesity and hypothyroidism. Again, it’s hard to define a breed that’s healthy. What Can People Do to Save The Black and Tan Coonhound?

What Is The History of The Black and Tan Coonhound?

Like the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever, the Coonhound was developed by cross-breeding working lineages. Early in the 1700s, the Bloodhound’s (and Greyhound’s) outstanding running ability was being cross-bred with the Foxhound to develop a breed of hunting dog. A tall and muscular dog, the Coonhound was introduced into England’s East Anglian fox hunting pack and, in 1809, was also imported into America’s Eastern Fox Hunting Pack. With the advent of the musket in the late 1700s, the use of trail hounds declined and in 1780, General Washington’s huntsman, Ben MacCoul, recognized the usefulness of the Coonhound in hunting game in the more difficult, often heavily wooded, forests of Virginia.

What Is The Breed Standard of The Black and Tan Coonhound?

The standard of the Black and Tan Coonhound, breed type, is defined by The Kennel Club of England. The Standard states that the beagle has also been included in the black and tan group. This can be confusing to some, since a Bloodhound is often mistaken for a Bloodhound. However, the Bloodhound is the exact same breed. What is the major difference between the Bloodhound and the Black and Tan Coonhound? The Bloodhound’s temperament is sweet and docile whereas the Black and Tan is aggressive. What is the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Recommended Breed Distinction? The AKC’s standard indicates that the temperament of the Black and Tan is “high energy, sweet and attentive to people”. So, yes, they are sweet and they are sweet when they want to be, but they can be persistent.