The black and tan coonhound’s medium build provides it a mix of strength, agility and speed. It’s square or slightly longer than tall, with moderate bone. Its long ears can help stir up floor scents. Its heavy muzzle allows space for olfactory apparatus. Its profound voice allows the hunter to find the dog when it’s treed its own quarry. Its hair is short but thick, giving an all-weather-protective coat. Its expression is attentive, friendly and excited. Its stride is simple and stylish, with head and tail held high.
Perhaps not the prototypical house puppy, the black and tan coonhound, however, creates an exemplary furry friend. It’s mellow, amiable, calm and discreet inside. Outdoors, its strong hunting instincts take over, and it can be challenging, maybe impossible, to flip out of a track once it begins monitoring. As befitting a puppy with its own heritage, the tan and black is powerful, stubborn and independent. It’s mild and tolerant with children, but it could be too independent to meet a lively kid. It’s reserved with strangers. It could bay and howl.
|• Major concerns: CHD
• Minor concerns: ectropion
• Occasionally seen: hemophilia B
• Suggested tests: hip, (eye)
• Life span: 10 – 12 years
|A real American strain, the black and tan coonhound likely originated from crosses of the bloodhound and the foxhound, especially the black and tan Virginia foxhound. The black and tan coonhound created largely from the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, Ozark and Smoky mountains, where the dogs were used to hunt raccoons and occupies over quite rocky terrain. They trailed from the style of the bloodhound ancestors, together with nose to earth but in a somewhat swifter speed. Even though they will track any mammal, they focus in raccoons and opossums, frequently trailing at nighttime. After the quarry is treed, the puppies bay until the hunter arrives and shoots the creature. The AKC recognized the breed in 1945, but the tan and black has ever been much more popular as a hunting dog than simply as a show dog or puppy. Organized night searches are very popular and competitive, along with the United Kennel Club retains many seat shows for coonhounds just, where black and tan coonhounds, blue tick coonhounds, redbone coonhounds, English coonhounds, Plott hounds and treeing Walkers compete.|