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Black and tan coonhound

Black and tan coonhound, health problems and training black and tan coonhound pups

The American Black and Tan Coonhound (also known simply as the Black and Tan Coonhound) is a breed of working hound that is a cross between the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound and the Bloodhound.

The breed was primarily developed for hunting raccoon, but is also an excellent hunter of other game, including bear, deer, and even mountain lion. This hound hunts using scent, and typically howls a lot during the chase. Coonhounds are specially bred to track raccoon, and then guide the hunter to the tree where the raccoon is by howling.

It is said that each individual Black and Tan Coonhound has a unique voice which can be recognized from a distance, making it still more effective as a hunting dog.

Black & tan coonhounds are rather tall – up to 27 inches – and muscular dogs. As the name indicates, the dog is mostly black, with tan markings on the muzzle, above the eyes, the chest, and legs.

The coat is short and sleek. The head is typically described as "finely modeled", with imposing, elegant lines and no folds of skin, in spite of the rather loose jowl. Black and tan coonhounds have long, wide ears that are set low and rather unusually to the rear. The tail is long and strong.

The Black and Tan Coonhound is generally a good natured, gentle, obedient, and loyal dog. They are eager to learn, and eager to work and please. It is however important for the owner to provide clear leadership, or else problems may develop. Black and Tan Coonhound training should include the establishing of a proper pack structure in which the owner is seen as the pack leader. Adequate exercise as well as adequate mental exertion is important for this dog. Without these needs being met, the dog is likely to develop a variety of problems, ranging from simple disobedience to aggression. Black and tan coonhound pups should also be socialized early in order to prevent nervousness or aggression around other people and dogs. Another caution with this breed is that its exceptional sense of smell and its breeding as a tracking dog make it liable to take off after a scent whenever it has the opportunity. It is therefore advisable to keep the dog on a leash whenever you are in a public place, especially in an unsafe or unknown area.

The main health problem with black and tan coonhounds is hip dysplasia, which is why it is particularly important to control the dog's diet and weight.

  Submitted on October 7, 2009  

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