Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Black And Tan Coon Hound

Black and Tan Coonhound Dog Breed Introduction
The Black and Tan Coonhound dog breed was developed in the United States to hunt raccoons, just as its name would imply. The Black and Tan Coonhound breed's a versatile hunting skills make it both a trail and tree hunting breed. Black and Tan Coonhounds can even work in any season of the year and over rough terrain. Black and Tans have even hunted "big game" such as mountain lions and bears.

Here are the characteristics of the Black and Tan Coonhound breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

Black and Tan Coonhound's Behavior
Recommended for: hunting, outdoors

Cooonhound breeds are known as outgoing and friendly. Coonhounds can work closely with other hounds and people. Though a powerful hunting breed, a coonhound dog does not usually show aggression. They have a loud, baying bark, according to Wikipedia.

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

The Black and Tan Coonhound's Physical Characteristics
Size: Males 25-27 inches; females 23- 25 inches
Coat: short, dense
Color: dark black with tan markings
Eyes: hazel to dark brown, rounded
Ears: "extend naturally well beyond the tip of the nose," in the words of the American Kennel Club's breed standard
Nose: well open, black
Tail: strong, with base slightly below level of backline

The Black and Tan Coonhound's Origins and History
Here are some historical facts on the Black and Tan Coonhound breed according to Wikipedia.

Country/Region of Origin: United States

Original purpose: hunting raccoon

Historical notes: The Black and Tan Coonhound breed is the only one of the six varieties of Coonhound to be recognized in the Hound Group by the American Kennel Club. The Redbone Coonhound and the Plott Hound have now also been recognized, though in the Miscellaneous Class. The other coonhound varieties are Bluetick, English, and Treeing Walker.

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