Black and Tan Coonhound

Description Black and Tan Coonhound

Lighthearted, Gentle, Adaptable
Would you like a loyal and friendly companion to accompany you on long walks? Your new friend should be friendly but definitely not boring? Then the black and tan raccoon dog could be the right fur nose for you. It actually owes its name to its use as a raccoon hunter.FCI Group: Hounds – Scenthounds – Related Breeds

  • Size: Large
  • Weight: 25-34kg
  • Life expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Coat type: short hair
  • Colours: black, tan

Character Black and Tan Coonhound

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a dog breed recognized by the FCI. He is always black with large tan markings on his head, chest and legs. White is highly undesirable and does not conform to the breed standard. Likewise, light or yellow eyes are not permitted.
The ears are long and reach at least to the tip of the nose.

The Black and Tan Coonhound is one of the large dog breeds. Males reach a weight of 34 kg and a height of 68 cm. Bitches are slightly smaller and lighter. Its fur is short but very dense, which makes it ideal for all weather conditions.
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a strong, muscular dog with a not too heavy bone structure.

He has an exceptionally good nose and an excellent sense of smell. These characteristics justify its original use as a raccoon hunter. The Black And Tan Coonhound has an intense, horn-like bark with which it draws its master’s attention to the presence of prey.
The character of the dog is friendly and outgoing. He is also very social, which makes him an ideal family dog.

The Black And Tan Coonhound likes to be around its people just as much as its conspecifics.

Diet Black and Tan Coonhound

The Black And Tan Coonhound is one of the hardy dog ​​breeds. There are no breed-specific diseases known. Nevertheless, a few things must be taken into account. Due to its size and bulk, the Raccoon Dog is prone to hip dysplasia (HD).
In puppies and young dogs, attention should be paid to a low-protein diet.

This prevents it from growing too quickly. Otherwise, the muscles and bone structure can become unbalanced and later promote damage to the skeleton. Appropriate food for puppies of large breeds can be bought in good specialist shops.
The adult Black And Tan Coonhound needs a diet tailored to its use. If the dog works intensively at the side of a hunter or in dog sports, sufficient energy must be supplied through the food.

The big fur nose tends to be overweight by nature. His rations should consist of 70-80% meat and be supplemented with vegetables or rice. Please do not feed them kitchen scraps or leftovers. Snacks and treats must be used sparingly. Otherwise the dog can quickly become overweight and problems with the musculoskeletal system are encouraged.


Because of its short coat, the Black and Tan Coonhound is fairly easy to care for. Brushing twice a week with a soft brush is usually sufficient to maintain the silky shine of the coat. You have to pay a little more attention to the lop ears and eyes of the four-legged friend. This is where inflammation occurs more often. Regular checks and cleaning prevent this.

Bathing your four-legged friend should only be done in exceptional cases so as not to destroy the natural protective layer of the skin.


The Black And Tan Coonhound is native to the United States. His ancestors are Bloodhound, American Foxhound and Irish Kerry Beagle. The first breeding line was started by Boy Scouts Simon Kenton and the Poe brothers in the late 18th century.
Raccoon hunting was a popular pastime. The Black And Tan Coonhound was the ideal partner for this.

Once he caught the scent of his prey, he would not let go of her and pursued her through the forest. Even the most difficult terrain did not keep him from his tracks. When the animal fled up a tree, the dog loudly drew the attention of its master to its success and never took its eyes off the raccoon. Large game such as deer or bears were also hunted with the excellent nose.
After more than a hundred years of breeding history, the FCI recognized the Black and Tan Coonhound as a dog breed with its own standard.

Today, the agile raccoon hunter is a non-overbred breed of dog that is perfectly designed for use in hunting. He is a loyal family dog ​​who gives his people a lot of joy when kept properly.

Black and Tan Coonhound Accessories

Do you have a tame raccoon at home that your dog is allowed to regularly herd through the woods and then up a tree? No? never mind
The Black And Tan Coonhound is an intelligent four-legged friend that needs to be exercised both physically and mentally. You can do justice to his urge to move with tracking games. He can use his excellent sense of smell right away. There are special dummies for tracking.
You should also have plenty of time for your four-legged friend.

The Black And Tan Coonhound does not like to be alone. It is also not suitable for keeping in a small city apartment. If he is not busy, his destructiveness knows no bounds and his loud barking not only drives the neighbors crazy.
Otherwise, the four-legged friend does not need much. Grooming supplies, food and water bowls, a harness/collar, a leash and a dog bed.

The time with you is much more important to your furry friend than all the accessories!

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