American English Coonhound

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Group: Hound

American English Coonhounds were bred from English Coonhounds brought over to the New World and Virginia Hounds which came from early settlers. Bloodhounds were added into the bloodline to increase the sense of smell as American English Coonhounds were used for recreational hunting.

Size: 40 to 65 pounds. 21 to 27 inches.

Color: Ticked red or blue and white, tricolored, red and white or black and white.

Life span: Up to 12 years.

Health problems: Hip dysplasia.

American English Coonhounds are known for their speed and with their muscular, lean bodies, it’s no wonder. English have strong backs, deep chests and have well-defined muscles. If these dogs were humans, they would be the Olympians.

The English are good natured and sociable, yet strong willed and can be prone to stubbornness. Training requires extra patience. As puppies, they require constant exercise and are uber exuberant. They will seek out your attention incessantly. As they grow to adulthood, they are incessant nesters — avoid this breed if you don’t want your dog on the furniture. All around though, they do make great family poets and an adequate watch dog.

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