American english coonhound
(aka: English Coonhound)
Renowned for speed and endurance, the American English Coonhound has a strong but racy body, a deep chest with plenty of lung room, a strong back, broad loin and well-defined musculature. A balanced, powerful dog with no exaggerated parts, the American English possesses the grace and attitude of a well-conditioned athlete.
A variety of colorations is acceptable to meet English coonhound breed standards. Some people believe this lack of emphasis on specific coloration has allowed breeders to focus breeding programs on traits such as intelligence and hunting ability rather than superficial concerns like coat standards. Color variations are common even amongst pups from the same litter of English coonhounds, indicating high levels of diversity in the breed.
American English Coonhound Temperament
Like all coonhounds, English are generally good natured and very sociable dogs. Skittishness or aggression is considered a defect according to UKC breed standards. They are strong willed, if not stubborn, and require more patience in training than other breeds. Young dogs are usually extremely active and playful and desirous of human attention in addition to requiring plenty of exercise. English Coonhounds are incessant nesters and should be avoided by people who do not wish to have dogs on couches and beds. They make excellent family pets as they have been bred for hunting purposes to coexist amiably within a pack. English Coonhounds also make adequate watch dogs as they possess extremely loud hound mouths characterized by melodious, drawn out bawls and short, explosive chops.
The short, hard coat is easy to care for. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
The American English Coonhound evolved when descendants of English Foxhounds, known in the New World as Virginia Hounds, were bred to adapt to rougher terrain. Originally these hounds were used to hunt fox by day and coon by night and were named the English Fox and Coonhound.
Through selective breeding, today's English is the epitome of a swift, hot-trailing, competitive coonhound. The impatient English is a super-charged hunter that is wide-ranging and possesses tremendous speed and excellent voice.
The American English Coonhound requires early socialization. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency. The American English Coonhound breed excels in performance, conformation, and field trial events.
Like other large dogs, the American English Coonhound is prone to problems with hip dysplasia. Make sure to check with your breeder for OFA health screening certificates.