Meet the Breed: The Black and Tan Coonhound
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a large, sturdy hound that is a persistent tracker. Their skin is somewhat loose with a short, dense coat is black with distinct tan markings on the muzzle, limbs and chest. They eyes are brown, and the low-set ears hang low. The long muzzle makes them suitable for tracking scents.
The Black and Tan Coonhound is believed to have descended from the Talbot Hound (now extinct) and the Bloodhound. In America, the Black and Tan Coonhound was developed from Foxhounds that possessed the treeing instinct and had the black and tan color pattern. They were used by scouts during the late 1700's due to their hardy diligence and tolerance to both heat and cold. The Black and Tan was the first coonhound to be considered a separate breed from the American Foxhound.
A quick-to-follow, intelligent, loyal and good-natured hunter and companion, the Black and Tan Coonhound pleases hunter and pet owner alike. The Black and Tan is an alert, eager dog who is a passionate worker and very dedicated. He is gentle and friendly with people and willing to listen to his master, though once locked on a scent, it is difficult to get his attention. If this breed is not taught respect and/or is lacking in exercise, it can become high strung and play too rough. This breed requires firm, patient leadership and training to prevent them from becoming willful. Though not typically thought of as a house pet, the Black and Tan is generally mellow, easy-going, calm, and unobtrusive indoors.
Breed Club Links: American Black and Tan Coonhound Association
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