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Black and Tan Coonhound

Country/Date of origin: USA/1700s

Generations of breeding have produced this raccoon and possum specialist. Like the dogs it was created from, the Bloodhound, the Foxhound and the now extinct Talbot Hound, the Black and Tan Coonhound is a scent trailer and works with his head down. Coonhounds do not give excessive voice when trailing but when the quarry is treed, they break into a lusty chorus. One of the six breeds of American coonhounds, the Black and Tan was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1900 and by the American Kennel Club in 1945. Most are registered with the UKC which holds many more field events than the rival AKC.

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American Black and Tan Coonhound, Treeing Hound

AKC Group: Hound

Breed Club: American Black and Tan Coonhound Club

Rescue Club: America Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue

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Body Type:

  • A large distinctively marked hound with loose skin
  • Resembles a lightly built Bloodhound
  • Height: 23-27 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 55-75 pounds
  • Large droopy ears are not altered
  • Long tail is held upright when the dog is alert


  • Very active dogs
  • Consequently do better in the country
  • Friendly and even tempered


  • Short, smooth and glossy
  • Black is the predominant color and must be accompanied by tan patches above the eyes, on the chest and legs and on the sides of the muzzle, comprising about 10 to 15 percent of the total body area

Health Concerns:

  • Generally healthy
  • Ear cankers typical of breeds with pendulous ears
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Blood disorder known as Hemophilia B is sometimes genetically transmitted
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • Each Coonhound has a distinctive voice and hunters can recognize their dogs by sound alone as they follow a hunting pack
  • Puppies are born solid black; the tan markings develop when the whelps are a few weeks old
  • Likes to wander off
  • The hunting urge runs strong in the Black and Tan

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