Get to know the Black and Tan Coonhound
All you need to know about the breed
An all-American hound, the Black and Tan Coonhound was bred by 19th century frontiersmen for the ferocious pursuit of hunting raccoons. In the 21st century, this even-tempered and placid breed now makes a wonderful family pet. Their shiny coats with richly coloured markings (black and tan, since you ask) coupled with extravagantly droopy and velvety ears, make for a harmonious whole.
Personality-wise, they’re just as appealing, although these noble hounds do have some perhaps less appealing qualities - Black and Tan Coonhounds shed quite a lot, have a tendency to bark (or sometimes bay or yowl) and, whether you ask for interior design input or not, are likely to festoon your home with strings of drool. These are minor details, however, far outweighed by their gentle-natured charm.
Black and Tan Coonhounds thrive on human company, getting on well with children once trained, although their size means they shouldn’t be left unsupervised with little ones. Their still-strong prey instincts and extraordinary sense of smell mean they are not suitable for households with small pets such as guinea pigs or hamsters and need a safely enclosed space for off-the-lead runs (and sniffs).
These hounds were bred for their stamina, and need a decent amount of exercise, but Black and Tan Coonhounds also relish time spent snoozing at home.
2 facts about Black and Tan Coonhounds
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Black and Tan Coonhounds