Origin: The breed was developed primarily for trailing and “treeing” (trapping) raccoon across difficult terrain. It is an endurance breed, capable of withstanding the rigors of winter and intense summer heat. They are methodical trackers who rely on their remarkable scenting abilities to track game across impressive distance. The Black and Tan Coonhound will use its distinctive voice to indicate its success in locating and cornering its quarry.
Height: 23 to 27 inches (58 to 69 cm)
Weight: 50 to 75 lbs (23 to 24 kg)
Coat: The coat is short, thick and shiny. It is a deep black in colour, with tan markings on the chest, legs and over the eyes (these markings are known as “pumpkin seeds”) and sides of the muzzle. Black and Tan Coonhounds have exceptionally long ears, which must be cleaned inside and out, and inspected regularly for injury. A regular short brushing will keep their lovely coat clean and shiny.
Feeding: They should be fed a diet of high quality commercial food, or a balanced raw or cooked homemade diet.
Activity Level: Running, hiking, tracking and hunting are all favourites of this breed. Black and Tan Coonhounds require at least one hour of rigorous exercise daily to properly stimulate their body and mind. When well exercised, they are content to rest with their human companions indoors and will gladly take up space on your couch or bed.
Temperament: The Black and Tan Coonhound is a loyal, affectionate and outgoing family companion. If properly socialized, they are patient with children, and live well with other dogs. Their big voices may pose a challenge for those living in an apartment or other high density setting. Because they were developed to follow their noses, they should be kept safe outdoors by use of an enclosure, heavy lead, and early and intense recall training.
Training: The Black and Tan Coonhound will benefit from early and consistent obedience training. They love to please and are happy to work for their people in the field, in obedience, and many performance sports. Crate training is recommended for young puppies to assist in house training and keeping your puppy safe from household hazards.