Black & Tan Coonhound

Group 4: Hounds
Male: 63 – 67 cm
Female: 60 – 65 cm

Energy Level:  High
Original Function: Scent hound
Lifespan: 10 yrs

Recommended for: Active people & families.

Note: Not many in Australia.

Black and Tan Coonhound

About This Breed

The Black and Tan Coonhound is believed to have descended from the Talbot Hound, which was known in England as far back as the 11th century, and the Bloodhound.

In America, the Black and Tan Coonhound evolved from the foxhounds that possessed treeing instinct and the black and tan colour pattern. Owned by scouts and Indian fighters during the late 1700’s, the Black and Tan was the first coonhound to be considered a separate breed from the American Foxhound and was recognised in 1945.

Used principally for trailing and treeing raccoon, the Black and Tan Coonhound runs his game entirely by scent. The characteristics and courage of the Coonhound also make him proficient on the hunt for Deer, Bear, Mountain Lion and other big game. The general impression is that of power, agility and alertness. He immediately impresses one with his ability to cover the ground with powerful rhythmic strides.

General Characteristics

Appearance: The Black and Tan Coonhound is first and fundamentally a working dog, a trail and tree hound, capable of withstanding the rigors of winter, the heat of summer and the difficult terrain over which he is called upon to work. 

Temperament:  Even temperament, outgoing and friendly. A s a working scent hound, must be able to work in close contact with other hounds. Some may be reserved but never shy or vicious. Aggression toward people or other dogs is most undesirable.

Colour: As the name implies, the colour is coal black with rich tan markings above eyes, on sides of muzzle, chest, legs and breeching, with black pencil markings on toes. Penalize lack of rich tan markings, excessive areas of tan markings, excessive black coloration.

Coat: Is short but dense to withstand rough going.

Grooming: An occasional brushing is all that is needed. In order to keep the ears clean and infection-free, regular attention is a must.

Exercise: Daily vigorous exercise is needed.