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Coonhound Facts

  • Group
  • Hound
  • Affiliations
  • No current affiliations
  • Height
  • Black and tan: 23" - 27"
    Bluetick: 21" - 27"
    English: 23" - 26"
    Redbone: 21" - 27"
  • Weight
  • Black and tan: 40-75 lbs.
    Bluetick: 45-80 lbs.
    English: 40-65 lbs.
    Redbone: 50-70 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Ok outdoors
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Black and tan coonhound, blurtick coonhound, english coonhound, redbone coonhound, redtick coonhound, treeing walker coonhound, treeing dogs


The coonhound breeds originated in the United States.

Date Of Origin

There are a few different coonhound breeds. The black and tan originated in the 1700's, the bluetick originated in the 1900's, the english originated in the 1800's and redbone in the 1800's.


The black and tan coonhound is believed to be descended from the Talbot hound, an ancient breed found in Great Britain during the 11th century, as well as crosses of bloodhound, foxhound and Virginia foxhound.
The bluetick coonhound is believed to be descended from English foxhounds and big game French hounds.
The English coonhound was selectively bred in Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky to be a smaller version of the black and tan.
The redbone coonhound is a descendant of the red foxhounds brought to the U.S. by Scottish and Irish immigrants in the eighteenth century. It was bred for intensity in treeing raccoons as well as for its red coloring. It is used for both trailing and treeing game, although treeing is its specialty.


Most coonhounds stand between 23 and 30 inches tall and weigh between 50 and 100 pounds. The dogs have a hound appearance, with long legs, an athletic body, large eyes, and dropped hanging ears. The coat is usually short and flat. The tail is long.


All coonhounds were bred to work. They are friendly and playful with family and friends but can be dog aggressive. These dogs have a high prey drive, are active, enthusiastic, and tend to roam.


These dogs were and still are used for the hunting of raccoons, opossum, bear, stag, foxed and cougars. In the house they can be used as guard dogs or simply companions.

Health Concerns

none known

Additional Information

These dogs tend to be vocal.

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


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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