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Coonhound

 

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Description

Descending from the English Foxhounds and New World Virginian Hounds the American English Coonhound was originally intended for hunting on rougher terrain. Their first name was English Fox and Coonhound, as they hunted fox by day and raccoons by night and even today the American English Coonhound still has that good scent and trails well. These friendly and active dogs like the scent of a trail and over the years they have been bred to be better and better at hunting.

 

Temperament

They are good-natured companions who are loyal and eager to please, are in tune with their surroundings and very alert. Even though they are somewhat aggressive by nature these dogs are exceptionally dedicated to their work and very obedient to their master.  If socialized and raised with a family, they can be very gentle and friendly with people and other pet but can be wary of strangers. Because of their large size and tendency to play rough they aren’t recommended for small children.  Because of their courageous and willfulness, they do need a patient, understanding, firm trainer and shouldn’t be left off a leash or unattended because they are likely to follow an interesting scent.  These fearless and loyal dogs like to bark and if left alone for too long will howl.

 

Appearance

Height:   55–68cm  (23-26in)
Weight:   18-29kg   (40-65lb)

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a large, powerful working dog with a short, hard glossy coat.

 

Grooming

The Coonhound has hard short stiff fur which requires only minimal grooming and a simple brush every week will be quite ample.
 

Life Expectancy

11-12 Years

 

Health Concerns

These dogs enjoy relatively good health if exercised and fed appropriately.

 

Suitability

This breed is used to living in outdoor and rural places. Being more suited for a rural setting, but could survive in suburbia; however an apartment is definitely not appropriate for this breed. The most suitable owner for this breed would be an active person living in a secluded rural or suburban area as this breed is very alert and barks quite loudly and requires a fenced yard and obedience training. 

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Hounds: these dogs hunt by sniffing the ground to pick up and then follow a scent, calling and barking all the while.  Dogs of this type include English Foxhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Basset Hound to mention a few.

 

 

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