AKC Group: Hound
Black and Tan Coonhounds are an American breed bred from the Bloodhound and black and tan Foxhounds. They came with English settlers to hunt raccoons, opossums and bear! Their Bloodhound ancestry gives them scenting ability while the Foxhound gives them adeptness and speed. They were bred to travel mountainous, rugged terrain and to be able to hunt at night.
Size: 50 to 75 pounds, 23 to 27 inches tall.
Color: Black and tan. (Any other color is a different breed of Coonhound.)
Life span: 10 to 12 years.
Health problems: Hip dysplasia is common. Their long ears require regular checks for infections or problems. Less common are eye problems. Black and Tan Coonhounds gain weight easily, so don’t overfeed.
Black and Tan Coonhounds hunt by scent only. They commonly chase raccoons up trees, but can also run prey down. Capable of withstanding winter temperatures and conditions, they can also endure the high heat of summer. This is great for the all season outdoorsmen.
Black and Tan Coonhounds are so easygoing and friendly. They adore other hounds and do better with an older companion dog. Black and Tan Coonhounds are not naturally aggressive. They are extremely tolerant, gentle, sensitive and independent. They love people! But they can be stubborn.
They require lots of exercise and enough space to roam. A restricted Black and Tan Coonhound is a nightmare to live with. Frequent brushing will keep the Black and Tan Coonhound’s short but dense coat from ending up on your furniture. The only real maintenance this dog needs is eye and ear checks.
The Black and Tan Coonhound’s reputation is they’re hard to train. That’s not necessarily true, if you’re training them the right way. A Black and Tan Coonhound will do anything for food. They have a tendency to be distracted; new scents drive them absolutely wild! Patience is required to train a Black and Tan Coonhound. Any form of physical punishment will cause this dog to shut down and they won’t retain anything you’re trying to teach. Proper training is essential with this breed. Most Black and Tan Coonhounds end up in pounds and it’s so unnecessary because these are great dogs. Before you take on the challenge on living with a Black and Tan Coonhound, you need to know what you’re doing. Previous dog experience is a must.