Black and Tan Coonhound

The Black and Tan Coonhound originates from the United States where it was bred as a cross between American and English Foxhounds, the Bloodhound and the Irish Kerry Beagle. The Black and Tan Coonhound is also believed to have some genes of different hunting dogs from France and Germany. Its name comes from its original purpose as a specific dog for coonhunting, an old American hunting technique and popular sport amongst the settlers in the 17th and 18th century. Coonhunting involves the catching of opossums and racoons. The hunters needed an easily trainable dog with an excellent sense of smell that would give a loud howl when having brought quarry to bay. The Black and Tan Coonhound grew extremely popular in a very short space of time, even the US-president George Washington having had four of these quintessentially American dogs.
The development of the breed can be traced back to a group of professional scouts around Simon Kenton who lived in the Ohio Valley and were responsible for breeding the so-called „Old Glory line“. In the United States these Old Glory Black and Tan Coonhounds were bred until the 1940s. Even today the Black and Tan Coonhound remains a very popular breed in certain parts of the US, whereas in Europe it is still relatively unknown.


Compared to its direct ancestors, the Bloodhounds, the Black and Tan Coonhound is much smaller. It is of a slim, but strong and well-proportioned build and has lean and muscular limbs. The Black and Tan Coonhound can reach a shoulder height of up to 69 centimetres and can weigh up to 34 kilos, the males being much bigger and heavier than the females. The breed’s most distinctive feature are the long, low set ears and the round, hazel-coloured eyes that give a gentle and friendly expression. Its coat is perfect for protecting this dog when it hunts through the bushes. It sits on loosley fitted skin, is dense and short, of a rich and highly shiny black colour and, as the name...

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