Widely known as the raccoon hunter, the Black and Tan Coonhound was developed by crossing the Bloodhound and Foxhound, in the United States on the basis of its colors, black and tan. The breed is a terrific hunter even on extremely difficult terrains and withstands well the rigors of winter as well as intense heat. There are two types of Black and Tan Coonhounds: show and field. George Washington, who is believed to have practically created the breed many years ago, is considered as the ‘father of black and tan coonhounds’.
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a large, powerful working hound with a very well-proportioned body and a finely modeled head. It has well developed pendant lips, wide black nostrils and long pendant ears that fall in graceful folds. The round hazel/dark brown eyes are yet another marked feature of this breed. The tail is carried freely and they have short, sleek black coat with tan markings on the muzzle, limbs, and chest. The graceful droop of loosely fitting skin and extensive ear leather gives it a unique appearance.
The Black and Tan Coonhound's coat comes in Black and tan only.
Coonhounds are well known for their distinctive voice and the swift, powerful rhythmic strides. This easy-going, friendly dog is intelligent, loyal and gentle. They have an incredible sense of smell and are also passionate and a bit aggressive. They require a fair amount of encouragement to boost their confidence, and might appear nervous around strangers and other dogs. This breed requires firm, patient and on-going training. They may sometimes play rough and howl if left alone too much.
They live up to 10 or 12 years and are prone to hip dysplasia. Coonhounds may become couch potatoes if over-fed.
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