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Black and Tan Coonhound


One of the most courageous types of hunting breeds, the Black and Tan Coonhound was developed by crossing the Bloodhound with the Talbot and Black and Tan foxhound back in the early 1900's. This breed is known for their excellent ability to tree raccoon's, work in extreme temperatures when needed, and even hunt mountain lions on rough terrain. It is important to note that the Black and Tan Coonhound was one of the first hounds to be seen separate from the Foxhound.


The Black and Tan Coonhound is a very large and lean dog breed, with males and females measuring from 24-27 inches in height and weighing 55-70 pounds in weight. This breed has a very noble look about them and a way of walking with effortless confidence when entering your presence. As per their name, this breed is only available in a black and tan color combination, with tan on their chest, bottom of their legs and on their muzzle and chin. They should always have two tan eyebrows as well. This breed has a single, short hair coat that should always demonstrate a natural shine. Their two large ears are pendant shaped and should hang alongside of their oblong shaped face. Their two almond shaped eyes are available in dark brown to black in color.


If you are considering this breed as a family member, please be aware that as with most hounds, the Black and Tan Coonhound is known for their howling. This may not be suitable for certain situations and needs to be considered. This breed is known for being extremely independant, and at times stubborn due to this. While outdoors, it can be very difficult to deter your Black and Tan Coonhound from tracking scents, and focusing on anything else. This can be the perfect dog for you if you are using him or her for companion and for hunting purposes, however if you are looking for just a family pet, this can make things very difficult. This breed is very accepting of children it grows up with, however due to their independence, they aren't known for being very playful or fun when it comes to interaction. Calm, self assured and watchful are the best words to describe their indoor personality, however they can start howling when they feel the need to, or if they feel they hear anything they do not like. This breed has a natural want to hunt, which can make things a lot easier during training.


This breed is known to drool; proper cleaning of their face daily as well as daily brushing is required. This breed does shed.

Special Notes

Please note that the Black and Tan Coonhound can be prone to ear infections, cancer and eye issues, though this breed is normally healthy. This breed requires a properly installed fence and should be monitored when outdoors to ensure proper safety due to this breed being a hunting and tracking dog. Do not add a new dog to your family unless you are able to provide a lifelong promise of care both physically and financially. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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