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Black And Tan Coonhound


Black And Tan Coonhound Facts

  • Group
  • Hound
  • Affiliations
  • AKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 23" - 27" (58.4 - 68.6cm)
  • Weight
  • 40 - 75lbs (18 - 34kg)
  • Lifespan
  • 10 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Black / Tan
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

The Black And Tan Coonhound is also known as the American Black And Tan Coonhound.


The Black and Tan Coonhound originated in the United States.

Date Of Origin

The Black And Tan Coonhound breed was created in 1945.


The Black and Tan Coonhound is believed to be descended from the Talbot hound, an ancient breed found in Great Britain during the eleventh century, as well as crosses of blood hound, Foxhound, and Virginia Foxhound. Among the world's most specialized breeds, the Black and Tan Coonhound was bred for its coloring and its opossum and raccoon hunting abilities.

The Black and Tan Coonhound was the first coonhound breed to be admitted into the registry with UKC in 1900. The Black and Tan Coonhound was recognized by the AKC in 1945.


The Black and Tan Coonhound is a large, well muscled dog that is only slightly longer than it is tall. It has a large oval head; a large, black nose; and hazel or brown eyes. The long ears are low set and hang in folds. The long tail is sickle shaped. The black coat is short and dense, with tan markings above the eyes, on the muzzle, legs, and chest and black pencil marks on the toes.


The Black and Tan Coonhound is an easy going, active, fast, bright, confident, courageous, friendly dog. It gets along with almost everyone, including children and other dogs. The Black and Tan Coonhound also enjoys spending time with it's family. True to hound nature, the Black and Tan Coonhound is very vocal and produces the distinct "baying" sound. This type of bark is usually very loud, and may cause disturbances in suburban neighborhoods.

The Black and Tan Coonhound requires obedience training (at the very least) but may be difficult to train, given the breeds ability to think for themselves. They can, at times, be stubborn and independent.

The Black and Tan Coonhound requires moderate daily exercise, such as a daily walk, run, and a chance to run free for a few hours in a fenced back yard. Being a scent hound, the Black and Tan Coonhound thoroughly enjoys games of hide and seek (with toys or other objects). This breed must be leashed at all times when outside a securely fenced area. If a Black and Tan Coonhound catches a scent and is not confined or secured by a leash, she will be gone and the chances for easy recovery are slim to none.

Timid or nervous dogs may be disqualified from exhibitions.


As its name implies, the Black and Tan Coonhound is a specialist in hunting raccoons. But it is also adapted to the hunting of deer, bear, and opossum - even over difficult terrain. When on a scent trail, the Black and Tan Coonhound will track and corner (or tree) the prey and remain in a constant "baying" state until the hunter has arrived. They are resilient to the rigors of winter and intense heat. The Black and Tan Coonhound also makes a wonderful family companion in a suburban or rural setting.

Health Concerns

Possible health concerns for the Black and Tan Coonhound include eye problems, hip and elbow dysplasia.

Additional Information

Due to its large, pendulous ears, the Black and Tan Coonhound is prone to ear infections. Ears must be checked and cleaned on a regular schedule, about once per week. Grooming the Black and Tan Coonhound is easy and requires twice weekly brushing with a soft bristled brush to remove loose hair. This breed does not shed in the regular season, but will loose some coat during spring and fall.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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