Black and Tan Coonhound was born in the USA, is outgoing and friendly and a versatile companion who shines in the show ring and field.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Black and Tan Coonhound.
The Black and Tan Coonhounds have been developed in America from the Talbot Hounds, which are now extinct but were used for hunting by the rich and noble of the period, Bloodhounds and the English Foxhounds. The breed was first developed in Ozark, Smokey Mountains, Blue Ridge and the Appalachia in the 1700’s. They were mainly used for hunting and treeing possums and raccoons but they are not ones to back down from larger game such as deer, bears and mountain lions.
The Black and Tan Coonhounds are the largest of the Coonhound breeds. The male Coonhounds measure at 21-27 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 50-75 lb. The females being generally smaller measure at 21-24 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 40-65 lb.
They were bred for hunting and for the longest time weren’t considered a house pet. Although their prey drive is strong and they are known for their ability to pick up cold scents, they also make a great family pet. They are kind to children and enjoy playing with them. They get along with other dogs and animals for the most part as long as they have been properly socialized.
They are suspicious towards strangers and make great watch dogs. Also, they thrive on human interaction and shouldn’t live outdoors by themselves if they are an only dog.
5) Sense of Humor
They also have a great sense of humor, and enjoy counter surfing as well as getting into mischief. The breed is slow to mature and you can observe puppy behavior until they are about 3 years old. They are also stubborn, have a mind of their own and very independent. Overall, they make a funny, gentle and loving companion to the right family.
6) Sense of Smell
Although the American Coonhound is indeed loyal and good-natured, their exceptional sense of smell can sometimes distract them from what they are supposed to be doing. They will often stubbornly follow a new scent trail and will independently go in search of its cause. Despite being a popular household pet today, the American Coonhound was primarily bred for chasing Raccoons up trees. The Dog would then sit below the tree and bark loudly to alert its owner of the Coon's presence.
Because he's bred to work somewhat independently, the black and tan may seem a bit headstrong. Training may be more challenging with this breed than with others. He also is likely to be a howler. This noisiness reflects the black and tan's breeding and instinctive working methods.
The breed’s coat is dense and short, ideal for the type of work they have been bred for. The common colors, as the name might suggest, are black and tan.
The coat doesn’t require extensive upkeep but brushing them 2-3 times a week will minimize the amount of hair floating around in the home. Their ears do require regular maintenance due to the floppy shape which makes it easier for moisture and debris to get trapped in the ear canal and cause reoccurring ear infections.
This large, powerful working dog has long ears that droop downward and a strong, tapered tail. The eyes are hazel or dark brown. The coat is short but designed to withstand both the rigors of winter and the heat of summer. As the breed name indicates, the coat is black with tan markings. The markings are located above the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle, and on the chest and legs.