Black and Tan Coonhound: Dog Breed Description

The Black and Tan Coonhound was bred in the 18th century and is considered a purely American breed of dog. These dogs have great instincts and show great talents in hunting raccoon, possum, bear, wild boar and cougar. These dogs can hunt in any weather and in any type of terrain. In 1945 this breed was officially registered by the American Kennel Club among six other Coonhound breeds that were recognized by this organization. Black and tan Coonhounds are divided into two groups: show dogs and field or working dogs.


The black and tan Coonhound is a strong, large, and hardworking dog. Dogs of this breed are distinguished by their special unique howl, which can be easily recognized by their owner. They have a robust build and have remarkable stamina and tenacity. It is believed that Black and Tan Coonhounds have the best sense of smell among the canine world.


Dogs of this breed are very intelligent, loyal, obedient, and are good at solving all kinds of problems. The black and tan coonhound is extremely alert, impatient, and gives himself completely to his work. On the street, he behaves friendly and very good-natured. He easily finds a common language with older children in the family, as a rule, is on good terms with other dogs, but it is not recommended to keep him in those houses where there are cats or other small pets. The black and tan coonhound can howl and bark excessively if left alone for long periods of time. He treats strangers rather coldly, but, as a rule, does not show aggression.

Wool and care

The Black and Tan Coonhound has a short, smooth and rather dense coat. The color, as it follows from the name of the breed, is black with brown markings on the face, chest and legs. Puppies are born pure black and red markings appear when babies are a few weeks old. Molting in dogs of this breed is almost continuous. In order to minimize hair loss, the Black & Tan Coonhound should be brushed daily with a stiff brush. If necessary, bathe the dog or use dry shampoo. Great, long ears require special attention and should be checked and cleaned regularly to prevent infection. Dogs of this breed have a tendency to drool and should be wiped off as needed. The most common conditions for the Black and Tan Coonhound are hip dysplasia, ear ulcers, progressive retinal degeneration and hemophilia B, or Christmas disease.


This breed requires early socialization and obedience training, special attention should be paid to working out the command “to me”. Since the Black & Tan Coonhound thinks very independently, this dog can be quite stubborn in handling. Rough or arbitrary teaching methods are useless because dogs do not respond to them. Training should be done with respect, firmness, fairness, patience and consistency. Dogs of this breed are especially talented when it comes to agility, tracking down game and hunting.


An energetic and truly frantic breed, the Black & Tan Coonhound needs daily vigorous training and mental stimulation. These dogs truly enjoy long leash walks and also prove to be excellent companions on jogging or hiking trips. But in the conditions of a city apartment it is not recommended to keep them. Best of all, they show all their dignity in the countryside, where they can run freely or in a house with a large, securely fenced yard.

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