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Coonhound (Black and Tan)



In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
- Edward Hoagland

Coonhound puppy


Coonhound adult
Ch Briarhunt's Chablis

The Coonhound is an American dog, developed in the mountains of Virginia when it was still an English colony. He is descended from Bloodhounds brought over to the colony. 

As his name suggests, he was originally bred to track and tree raccoons and also opossums. Typically working at night, the Coonhound relies on his superb sense of smell to track his prey. He is also a great swimmer.

The Coonhound stands 27 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a short, sleek black coat with tan markings. There are six types of Coonhound but only the Black and Tan Coonhound is recognized in Canada and the United States. 

The Coonhound is affectionate, good with children, and intelligent. A friendly and lovable dog, the Coonhound is also powerful, rugged, and tireless when on the hunt. Because he typically works at night, the Coonhound uses his voice to attract a hunter's attention once he's treed a raccoon. He has a loud bark - a quality that may not be appreciated by neighbours! A hunter at heart, he is not the dog to live with cats. He should also be socialized and trained early on to discourage a tendency to dig!

Not a breed for couch potatoes, the Coonhound needs lots of exercise and attention. He enjoys playing with his people and is unhappy if left alone for long periods. He makes a great jogging partner and needs an active owner. The Coonhound is a scent hound and should be kept in a fenced-in yard to combat a tendency to roam. He is best living on a farm, or in a country environment. 


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American Black and Tan Coonhound Club, Inc.




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CKC Black and Tan Coonhound Breed Standard

Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Joy Huntley, Briarhunt Perm Reg'd



Joy Huntley
350 The Glen Road, RR#1
Woodville, ON  K0M 2T0
(705) 439-2119

Briarhunt Perm Reg'd


Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue

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Did you know?


Each Coonhound
 has a distinctive voice,
 and hunters can recognize their dogs by sound alone as they follow a hunting pack.



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