American Black and Tan Coonhound

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Hounding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , ,


Size: Large     Weight: 50-75 pounds     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & Brown


Life Expectancy: 12 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Not good for cold climate.

Breed Details


The American Black and Tan Coonhound is one of few All-American breed. It is large, strong and determined hunting dog. It has a very keen sense of scent and its hunting abilities largely depend on its ability to track a scent of an animal to its origin. This dog is powerful, agile and alert and is capable of very fast speed.

This large dog can be anywhere between 23 to 27 inches while it may weigh around 50 to 70 pounds. The head of the dog is in proportion to its body which is slightly longer than taller. The muzzle is long and eyes hazel or dark brown in colour. The ears are exceptionally long and set low. The long legs are straight and help the dog achieve maximum speed.

This dog displays loyalty, affection, intelligence and dedication. It is equally praised by hunters and owners as it is a great hunting companion as well as very good family pet. This dog is recognized by AKC, UKC, CKC, APRI, NKC, ACR, DRA and other kennel clubs and associations.


As the name suggests, this dog breed is found in black colour with tan markings on different parts of body.


The coat of the American Black and Tan Coonhound is short and dense. It is suitable for rough going of the dog.


The American Black and Tan Coonhound is first and primarily a hunting dog. It has an even temperament with an outgoing and friendly personality and shows traits of exemplary house pets. This dog is mellow, amiable , calm and obtrusive indoors. Being friendly with all members of the family, the dog is patient with children. It generally listens to its master and behaves well. This dog needs a confident and assertive master who can make the dog realize that he is superior to the dog. It can get along with other dogs in the family very well as the American Black and Tan Coonhound is accustomed to working in a peck but they can become aggressive around strange and unknown dogs. Early age socialization is a must for this dog.


The coat requires brushing twice a week. The ears should be checked for infection. This dog should never be left off leashed in an open and unsafe area as it will take after any interesting scent.


The American Black and Tan Coonhound is very intelligent dog and it can learn quickly. The trainer needs to be consistent and assertive.


This dog breed needs lots of exercise to use-up building energy levels. Daily walks and playing time is a must for this dog breed to avoid undesirable behavior of the dog.

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