Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound information

The origins of the Black and Tan Coonhound date back from the 18th century. This hound dog was created in America from the crossing of the Bloodhound with the Virginia Foxhound. Being closely related to the Bloodhound, the Coonhound has long been appreciated for his hunting abilities. Endowed with great courage and endurance, Coonhounds have been used to trail various preys such as raccoons, possums and deer. Once the prey has been cornered, the Coonhound will howl to notify his owner.

Black and Tan Coonhound characteristics

A Black and Tan Coonhound measures between 23 to 27 inches and weighs from 23 to 34 kilos. His short-haired coat is black and tanned. The main physical attributes of the Black and Tan Coonhound are his long ears and long muzzle.

Black and Tan Coonhound care

The long ears of the Black and Tan Coonhound should be inspected regularly to prevent infections and to prevent a build up of wax in his ears.

Black and Tan Coonhound temperament

The Black and Tan Coonhound is not often seen as a family pet. This is probably due to his strong hunting instinct and great need of exercise. He is generally amiable with all the members of the household. He is good around children even though this particular dog breed is reputed as not being very playful. The Coonhound is often distant and reserved towards strangers.

This large dog breed is not suitable for a life in an apartment and will be happier in a home with a large fenced garden as they require a substantial amount of exercise to remain healthy. Black and Tan Coonhounds have a tendency to howl when left alone for a long period of time.

Black and Tan Coonhound training

The Black and Tan Coonhound will require a firm but gentle training. Being a pack animal, he will need to understand as soon as possible the hierarchy of the household to grow into a healthy and well balanced dog. Coonhound puppies generally respond well to positive reinforcement training. It is therefore, recommended to use of rewards when training a puppy. Harsh training should be banned as it will affect the temperament of the dog.

Black and Tan Coonhound puppies will also benefit from an early socialization with other dogs to prevent aggressive behaviours developing later on in their life time.

Black and Tan Coonhound food habits

It is necessary to keep a strict control on the diet of Black and Tan Coonhounds as they tend to gain weight easily. To achieve this, it is recommended to feed them with high quality aliments or to establish a proper diet with the help of a veterinarian surgeon.

Black and Tan Coonhound health

The average life expectancy of the Black and Tan Coonhound varies between 10 to 12 years. The Coonhound breed is prone to some health conditions such as:

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