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Black and Tan Coonhound

Black-And-Tan-Coonhound

An Even-Tempered Companion

Mellow, independent, obedient

Black and Tan Coonhounds are gentle, playful, and calm, large dogs. These hounds are a bit reserved with strangers, and can be stubborn if they don’t have a strong leader. Obedience training and socialization is recommended at an early age. They sometimes bay and howl, and have a tendency to drool. Coonhounds make great companions for active individuals, families with older children, and those who enjoy the outdoors. These dogs can run for miles, but are content with a long walk every day. 

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs. 


Breed Details

Height:23-27 in. Weight:55-75 lb Lifespan:11-12 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
2

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
1

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
2

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Black and Tan Coonhounds are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. Always walk your Coonhound on a leash, they have a high prey drive and a tendency to run off after interesting smells.

Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Black and Tan Coonhounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


The Coonhound is an intelligent and obedient hunting dog. They are also laid-back family companions.

Positive Traits:

  • An excellent family dog that loves human companionship

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Sweet, playful, and friendly

  • Even temper and gentle disposition

  • Excellent hunting dog

  • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

Negative Traits:

  • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

  • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively

  • Needs regular exercise to prevent chewing, digging, and other problems stemming from boredom

  • Can be gassy and drool a lot

Whether you are considering adding a new Black and Tan Coonhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Black and Tan Coonhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Black and Tan Coonhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Black and Tan Coonhound could encounter:

The Black and Tan Coonhound originated in the Southern United States. They were bred to withstand extreme temperatures and terrain in the hunt for raccoons and opossums. Coonhounds are known for their loud voices, pendulous ears, and tendency to slobber and drool. They are an amiable companion, both playful and gentle. They are generally healthy dogs with an average lifespan of 11-12 years. Coonhounds are known to suffer from some common conditions like bloat, cataracts, and hip dysplasia.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Black and Tan Coonhound shows signs of the following:

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

  • Bruises easily or bleeds a lot from a small wound

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Care

    Routine Care: Black and Tan Coonhounds are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. Always walk your Coonhound on a leash, they have a high prey drive and a tendency to run off after interesting smells.

    Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Black and Tan Coonhounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    The Coonhound is an intelligent and obedient hunting dog. They are also laid-back family companions.

    Positive Traits:

    • An excellent family dog that loves human companionship

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Sweet, playful, and friendly

    • Even temper and gentle disposition

    • Excellent hunting dog

    • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

    Negative Traits:

    • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

    • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively

    • Needs regular exercise to prevent chewing, digging, and other problems stemming from boredom

    • Can be gassy and drool a lot

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Black and Tan Coonhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Black and Tan Coonhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Black and Tan Coonhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Black and Tan Coonhound could encounter:

  • History

    The Black and Tan Coonhound originated in the Southern United States. They were bred to withstand extreme temperatures and terrain in the hunt for raccoons and opossums. Coonhounds are known for their loud voices, pendulous ears, and tendency to slobber and drool. They are an amiable companion, both playful and gentle. They are generally healthy dogs with an average lifespan of 11-12 years. Coonhounds are known to suffer from some common conditions like bloat, cataracts, and hip dysplasia.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Black and Tan Coonhound shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

    • Bruises easily or bleeds a lot from a small wound

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

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