Black and Tan Coonhound
(aka: American Black and Tan Coonhound, Coonhound)
The Black and Tan Coonhound is classified as a working dog. Different from most breeds, the Black and Tan Coonhound hunts by scent only. Commonly used to run coons up trees, they will also chase their prey down trails. Been highly resistant to the most rigorous days of winter and also capable of withstanding high summer temperatures, it makes a great companion for the die hard outdoorsman. It will claim any kind of environment as it's own, no matter how rocky, hilly or bushy it might be. As most of the large hunting breeds, the Coonhound may be trained to hunt larger prey as well.
The Coonhound's strength and presence can be clearly noticed with the animal at work. It's powerful muscles and consistent pace harmonize beautifully, being a very pleasant sight to see.
Black and Tan Coonhound Temperament
There is not much you can do to change the Coonhound's temperament, pretty consistent in how it interacts with people, this breed is pretty easy going and friendly.
As any other hound, scent is what makes this animal move. In order to get the best that this breed has to offer, it is important for this dog to be around other hounds, preferable older and experienced dogs.
Being of great disposition, the Coonhound is a dog very safe to have around. An aggressive behavior is not a normal characteristic for this breed. It is mostly tolerant, independent, gentle, stubborn and sensitive. Being very sociable, it enjoys the company of other dogs and humans.
Because of it's stamina, the Coonhound can be unfit as a pet unless greats amount of exercise and enough space to roam. Restricting this animal will cause serious behavior problems.
The coat is short and dense. Shedding might be a problem. Although the Coonhound is not hard to groom, brushing it's coat often will removed the loose hair preventing hair on your furniture.
An occasional brushing is all that takes. However, regular attention should be paid to the ears and eyes to keep them healthy.
The Black and Tan Coonhound is an American breed and is a dog of substantial size. And bred from strains of the Bloodhound and black and tan Foxhound brought to this country by english settlers. It's purpose was to hunt raccoons, opossums and bears. It's origins can be dated back to the 1700's. They were bred to have the scenting abilities of the Bloodhound but the ability to travel at at faster pace and they were also suited to night hunting. They are also built for endurance and are able to travel across rugged, mountainous regions. In fact, the breed was developed by the people who lived in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, Ozark and Smoky mountains. When the prey is the dogs bay, alerting the hunter, who then arrives and shoots the animal. The Black and Tan Coonhound was selectively bred for their color - there are many other types of coonhounds including Blue Tick Coonhounds, Redbone Coonhounds, English Coonhounds, Plott hounds and Treeing Walkers. The Black and Tan Coonhound was first Registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1945.
Coonhounds have a reputation for being difficult to train. However, training a coonhound is not hard as some think, if you go about it the right way. Most coonhounds are very food oriented and will do almost anything for a treat. Due to their affectionate, social personality, if you don't train your hound you will have created a monster(jumping up or putting their noses into inappropriate places).
They can become easily distracted as training is taking place. Any different scent will get the off track and getting them back into the mood can take sometime.
Patience is a must in training this breed, any form of physical punishment to force them into learning will not work and only confuse the animal because it will not know what is doing wrong.
This breed is for the experienced owner. Many of these dogs become a problem for lack of proper exercise and training. A lot of them are found in dog pounds.
Prone to hip dysplasia, so make sure you use a breeder who's dogs are OFA certified. With long ears, need to check regularly for ear infections or other ear problems. Also watch for eye problems. These dogs can gains weight easily, so be careful not to overfeed.