Black and Tan Coonhound
- SIZE: 5
- GROOMING:: 2
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 4
- WATCHDOG: 5
- BREED: Black and Tan Coonhound
- COLOR(S):Black with tan markings.
There are six types of Coonhounds, each varying in color: the Black and Tan Coonhound, the English Coonhound, the Blue Tick Coonhound, the Plott Hound, the Treeing Walking and the Redbone Coonhound. Black and Tan Coonhounds have traditionally been used to trail and tee animals that are being hunted by their masters, including raccoons, bears and big cats. Still used in hunting today, these dogs run their game entirely by scent and often hunt at night for the nocturnal raccoon. Their scent tracking is determined and proficient as they were bred specifically for this purpose. Originating from the American Foxhound umbrella of breeds, Black and Tan Coonhounds are the first breed of Coonhounds to be accepted by the AKC, even though they are rarely bred for show. Coonhounds live for the hunt, work hard, and are eager to please their masters. They are confident and friendly to people as well as animals, excluding the animals they trail. Black and Tans are well rounded in temperament and easily adapt to a variety of environments, including both weather extremes. These intelligent dogs will bawl loudly when they catch the scent of a raccoon and start pursuing it. They bay so their masters can hear them. They change the tone of their bay and howl when they have cornered the animal, so their master knows the chase has been captured. Because of their natural desire to hunt, Black and Tans require a high-fenced yard to prevent them from running off when they catch a scent. As either hunting Coonhounds or as pets, the Black and Tan Coonhounds are strong and confident in their abilities, making them excellent dogs.
Black and Tan Coonhounds love to bay, howl and make excellent companions. These dogs are determined and very friendly and will get along well in most environments. While indoors, they can be calm, amiable and mellow but they are otherwise generally lively and active dogs outdoors, particularly when they find a scent. Black and Tans have strong instincts causing them to be independent and sometimes stubborn.
With long ears, the Black and Tan Coonhound is prone to ear infections and should have their ears checked regularly. These dogs are otherwise easy to care for and should have their coat brushed two or three times a week.
Black and Tan Coonhounds may be susceptible to eye problems including Progressive retinal atrophy. They can also be prone to elbow and hip dysplasia.
Even though the Black and Tan Coonhound does not require a lot of exercise, it is an extremely active breed. These dogs require a great deal of space and will be happiest with the chance to go on long distances walks or live on a farm.
It is best for Black and Tan Coonhounds to live with a family in a rural setting or a suburban home with ample space. They can be difficult to train as they are stubborn dogs at times.