The Black and Tan Coonhound is often referred to as simply the Black and Tan. They are a medium to medium/large working-class breed that loves to work and hunt. They weigh between 55-75 pounds and reach up to 27″ in height.
Recognized by the AKC, the Black and Tan Coonhound’s coat is predominantly black with tan markings on the muzzle, chest and legs. Their name, of course, simply comes from their coat color. Their sleek, short, shiny coat is dense. It is easy to care for and requires minimal brushing.
Whether hunting dog or family companion for active families, the Black and Tan Coonhound will do well with their friendly, energetic nature. They are good with children and other dogs or pets. Because of their history of hunting small animals, it is best to socialize them from puppyhood with cats and other small non-canine pets. They are highly intelligent and fairly easy to train. When they are at home with family, they are laid back and easygoing. However, when they are tracking or hunting they are all business, and they become very intense and energetic. As hunting dogs, they love to do their job and do it well. They should not be kept locked up inside all day, and they need plenty of exercise and play. When they are outside, it is best to keep them in a fenced-in yard as they have a tendency to take off if they discover an interesting scent or see a critter in the area.
Originating in the United States, the Black and Tan Coonhound was developed by crossing the Bloodhound and Foxhound. They were mainly used to hunt raccoon, but are also good opossum and other game hunters. They are known for their excellent tracking ability.
With their high energy level and love for hunting and being outdoors, the Black and Tan Coonhound needs a family that will meet their activity needs. While they are an active breed, they are surprisingly calm when they are home hanging out with their family. They make a good family companion for any family dynamic willing to give them the exercise and play that they need.