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Black and Tan Coonhound

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Black and Tan Coonhound

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a raccoon and possum specialist. This large and powerful breed is nearly completely black with tan markings on the muzzle, above the eyes, the limbs and the chest. They have well developed pendent lips and a large nose with very large nostrils. The stop is moderate and is located midway between the occiput and the nose. The long ears fall in folds along the side of the head. The topline is fairly level. The tail is long and is carried freely. The teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. The eyes are round and are normally hazel to dark brown. The chest should reach down to the elbows. They have a droop of loosely fitting skin known as dewlap that surrounds the bottom of the head. Black and Tans can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time because of their long rhythmic strides and normally work with their heads down close to the ground.

Temperament The breed is calm, affectionate and good with children. Though Black and Tans can be friendly and gentle with people, they tend to be aggressive towards other strange dogs. If left alone too much, they tend to howl. Do not let this breed off of the leash as they may take off after a scent that holds their interest. This breed also slobbers and drools.
Height, Weight Male Height: 23-27" ; Weight: 50-75 lbs.
Female Height: 21-25" ; Weight: 45-60 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to hip dysplasia. Care should be taken not to overfeed the Black and Tan.
Living Conditions It is not recommended to keep a Black and Tan in an apartment. They do best with a large yard.
Exercise Black and Tans need daily vigorous exercise.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming Occasional brushing is recommended. Care should be taken with the ears so that they are kept clean, odor-free and infection-free.
Origin The Black and Tan Coonhound was developed from Foxhounds and Bloodhounds. It is a breed that is well-known for its tracking ability. Each hound has a distinctive "bay" when it encounters a fresh trail. If a pack of Hounds are on a trail, it is easy for hunters to know their own dogs' "bay". Once the prey is treed, their voice tone changes and the hunters can then head toward the sound. Black and Tans are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Hound, UKC Scenthound