Black and Tan Coonhound


Brief History
The Black & Tan Coonhound is an American breed. Thought to be descended from the noble Talbot Hounds, English hounds during the reign of William 1st, Duke of Normandy in the 11th century. In the early part of the 1700's, the Bloodhound was carefully bred with specific types of Virginia Foxhounds to produce a highly specialized type of dog, resulting in the Black & Tan Coonhound. These dogs were often known as "The Settlers dogs". They were the quintessential family dogs of the early American settlers, helping to keep the family safe and fed.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 12 to 14 years

Even tempered, outgoing, friendly. Some may be reserved.

General Breed Description
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a very efficient scent hound, with great ability to pick up and follow faint old trails and never giving up in any weather conditions or tough places. Overseas they are used to track and hunt bear, mountain lion, squirrel, possums and racoons, after which they were named.

Both scenting and agility abilities make this breed very versatile. You will find B & T Coonhounds participating in obedience, agility, conformation, hunting & trailing and of course what they all excel in, being a 'lounge lizard' and a wonderful loving family dog.

They are a basic powerful and agile dog which, as the name implies, is always black and tan in colour.

Coat and Care Requirements
The short glossy coat is low maintenance. A good weekly brush and occasional bath is all that’s needed. They are an active dog, so regular exercise is recommended, and being a scent hound means that secure fencing is required.

Height: Males 25 to 27ins, Females 23 to 25ins.

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does.

They are an excellent dog for active families.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to Dogs Australia Breed Standard 


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