Black and Tan CoonhoundThe Black and Tan Coonhound is also known as: American Black and Tan Coonhound
|Group classification: Hound||Country of origin: United States||Date of origin: 18th century|
|Weight (M): 60 - 75 lb||Height (M): 25 - 27"||Life expectancy: 11 - 12 years|
|Weight (F): 55 - 70 lb||Height (F): 23 - 25"|
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General Description of the Black and Tan Coonhound
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a medium sized, powerful hunting dog. It has a large oval head with low set ears, smooth skin over its face and round hazel to dark brown eyes. Its expression is eager, friendly and alert, and it has a scissors bite. A long, muscular neck slopes into a strong, level back, rounded out by a deep chest and well sprung ribs. Its tail is based slightly below the topline and carried at an approximate right angle to the back when in action. Powerful shoulders give way to straight forelegs, and its muscular hindquarters are supported by sinewy hind legs that extend back from under the body. Its dense, short coat is inky black with tan markings over the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle, chest and legs.
Black and Tan Coonhound Temperament
The Black and Tan Coonhound is an intelligent and loyal hunter and companion. It is friendly and outgoing, and generally gets along well with other dogs. It may be reserved near strangers, but is rarely aggressive. The Black and Tan is big and can play rough, so it would be better suited for a family with older children. Sometimes willful, it requires ongoing, firm training. Socialize your Black and Tan when it is young and be sure to teach it not to wander, as the hunting instinct is strong in this breed. The dog should not be allowed to run without a leash or the benefit of a good fence, as it may chase after scents. If left alone for too long it may bay and howl. Beware of drool.
Caring for a Black and Tan Coonhound
The Black and Tan Coonhound was bred for big spaces and should not live in apartments or small houses. It needs at least a large yard, and daily, vigorous exercise, preferably in the form of very long runs. Bred to withstand a wide range of climates, the Black and Tan will do fine outdoors. Do not overfeed this breed, and keep an eye out for ear mites or cankers. Weekly brushing is sufficient to keep the dog looking good. The Black and Tan Coonhound is vulnerable to canine hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism and ectropion.
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