Black and Tan Coonhound Overview
This scent hound is considered to be an American dog breed that originated in the 1700s. The Black and Tan Coonhound is a talented hunter of raccoon, opossum, bear, wild boar and cougar. This breed is able to hunt in any weather and terrain. In 1945, the Black and Tan Coonhound became one of only six varieties of coonhound to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. There are two types of Black and Tan Coonhounds: Show and Field.
Black and Tan Coonhound Characteristics
This dog breed is powerful, large and hard-working. Each Black and Tan Coonhound have has their own distinct and unique howl that is easily identifiable by their owner. This breed is solidly built and possess amazing stamina and tenacity. The breed is thought to have the most developed sense of smell of all canines.
Black and Tan Coonhound Temperament
This dog breed is extremely intelligent, loyal, obedient, and adept at problem solving. They are extremely alert, eager and devoted to their work. This breed is outgoing, good-natured and friendly. They do best in a home with older children and get along well with other dogs, but are not recommended for a home with cats or other small pets. They tend to howl incessantly if left alone for extended periods. This breed is cautious of strangers, but generally non-aggressive.
Black and Tan Coonhound Care
This dog breed requires weekly brushing to remove loose and dead hair. Bathing or dry shampooing should be done when necessary. The long ears must be checked and cleaned on a frequent basis to prevent infection. Black and Tan Coonhounds have a tendency to drool. This breed is prone to hip dysplasia, ear cankers, PRA and Hemophilia B.
Black and Tan Coonhound Coat
The coat of this breed is short, sleek and thick. As the name implies, this breed has a black coat with tan markings on the muzzle, chest, and legs. Puppies are born solid black and the tan markings develop at a few weeks old. They are continual shedders.
Black and Tan Coonhound Training
This dog breed requires early socialization and obedience with special emphasis placed on recall. They may be headstrong and obstinate as a result of their capability for independent thought. This breed does not respond well to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training should be performed with respect, firmness, fairness, patience and consistency. Black and Tan Coonhounds are talented at agility, tracking and hunting.
Black and Tan Coonhound Activity
An active and boisterous breed, the Black and Tan Coonhound needs daily vigorous exercise and stimulation. They enjoy securely leashed walks and makes an excellent jogging and hiking companion. The Black and Tan Coonhound is not suitable for apartment or city dwelling. They do best in a rural setting where there is room to romp and roam freely or in a home with a large, securely fenced yard.