American English Coonhound

40-65 lbs
23-25"
United States
English Coonhound, Redtick Coonhound

The American English Coonhound is a sweet, mellow dog that is highly sociable with people and other dogs and requires a lot of outdoor exercise. Originally bred for hunting as the Virginia Coonhound, breeders encountered lost scent issues when game would climb trees.  To overcome the scent loss on tree-climbing game increasingly preyed upon in the southeast United States, breeders crossed the Virginia Coonhound with the Bloodhound, a breed renowned for its scenting abilities.  The resulting American English Coonhound was both agile with high endurance capable of crossing the rough American terrain and able to track game in trees.

purpose Purpose
Hunting, Tracking
history Date of Origin
1700's
ancestry Ancestry
English Foxhound, Bloodhound, Virginia Coonhound

American English Coonhound Health

Sketch of American English Coonhound
Average Size
Male American English Coonhound size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 40-65 lbs
Female American English Coonhound size stats
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 40-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye examination
  • Full Physical Examination

American English Coonhound Breed History

The American English Coonhound is a true American dog, having sprung from the English Foxhound.  Early immigrants in the 17th and 18th centuries brought the ancestor of this bloodline to the American south, aptly named the Virginia Coonhound.  First President of the United States, George Washington, was one of the early breeders of these dogs, which were excellent hunters in their own right but were faced with obstacles unique to the Americas. Game in the American south utilized the trees, which prevented the Virginia Coonhound from tracking once the animal took to the trees.  Noting this difficulty, early breeders selected the Bloodhound, whose nose is considered the most powerful of all canines, for crossbreeding.  The resulting hound was the American English Coonhound, a high-endurance, sleek-bodied hound with cold nose tracking capable of tracking game in trees across rough terrain. This powerful Coonhound once covered other similar looking breeds, such as the Bluetick Coonhound and the Redbone Coonhound but all three coonhounds have since been distinguished as their separate breeds.  The American English Coonhound was first acknowledged by the United Kennel Club in 1905 as the Coonhound and English Foxhound. Despite a long history in the United States, this excellent tracker did not gain American Kennel Club recognition until 1995 when the Foundation Stock Service of the AKC recognized the breed as the American English Coonhound.  However, not until 2011 did the AKC recognize the breed in its own right.  They started competing in the hound group in 2012 as the AKC's 171st breed. 

American English Coonhound Breed Appearance

The American English Coonhound is well known for their speed and endurance.  The breed has a deep chest, strong back, and well-defined muscles, giving them a graceful, athletic appearance.  The breed's head is of moderate size with kind, expressive eyes and long floppy ears that sit low on the skull.  When extended forward, the tip of the ears touches the tip of the nose.  The muzzle is square-shaped and proportionate to the head.  In fact, there is no disproportionate feature on this noble canine, whose well-balanced body is made for speed. The forelegs are angular and strong, and support uninhibited movement.  The hind legs are powerful and straight with well-defined thighs.  They come in several color combinations including red and white ticked, blue and white ticked, tri-color with ticking, red and white, and white and black.  Ticking is a hallmark aesthetic feature of the breed whose coat is hard and protective, and of medium length.

Appearance of American English Coonhound
Eye Color Possibilities
brown American English Coonhound eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black American English Coonhound nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black American English Coonhound coat
Black
brown American English Coonhound coat
Brown
red American English Coonhound coat
Red
cream American English Coonhound coat
Cream
white American English Coonhound coat
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brindle American English Coonhound coat
Brindle
Coat Length
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American English Coonhound straight coat texture
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American English Coonhound Breed Maintenance

The hard protective coat of the American English Coonhound does not require frequent grooming, but occasional brushing will help with moderate shedding potential.  The protective coat also means you should only bathe and shampoo your dog when they are dirty from the mud.  Although your furry companion can be quiet and relaxed indoors, this dog needs plenty of exercise to stay mentally and physically fit.  This breed requires a lot of outdoor space to run, so apartment and small space living are not ideal.  Ideally, they need a large, fenced-in yard to burn off some energy.  Because they use a lot of energy, these dogs require a significant amount of water.  Access to fresh, clean water will prevent dehydration and possibly overheating during the hot summer months. You must socialize your dog from early puppy stages and continue through life to prevent protective behaviors like guarding food and toys.  Though these dogs are not aggressive, they can develop dominant behaviors if not properly trained.

Brushes for American English Coonhound
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Nail Clipper
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Brushing Frequency
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American English Coonhound requires weekly brushing
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American English Coonhound Temperament

The American English Coonhound is a wonderfully social and mellow dog, especially after a daily run.  The breed is particularly disposed for the pack mentality and does very well with other dogs and children, though small dogs and cats may be mistaken for prey.  This breed does extremely well with strangers and would not make a very good guard dog as they are more likely to follow a stranger around than bark at them. American English Coonhounds are known as the some of the biggest barkers and howlers among the canines and will intensely bay and howl.  However, they are typically quiet and calm indoors.  This breed is highly trainable but tends to be prey driven.  Once the scent is picked up, you may have a difficult time breaking your hunter's one track mind. Extra training and socialization are required to produce an obedient and mellow dog, but with care and attention, this breed is among the sweetest for an active, outdoor family. 

Activity Level
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Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

American English Coonhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
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Daily Cost
$2.00 - $2.25
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$60.00 - $67.50
food bag monthly cost

American English Coonhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of American English Coonhound at six months
Male American English Coonhound size stats at six months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
Female American English Coonhound size stats at six months
Height: 21.0 inches Weight: 27.5 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of American English Coonhound at 12 months
Male American English Coonhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 23.5 inches Weight: 47.5 lbs
Female American English Coonhound size stats at 12 months
Height: 22.5 inches Weight: 42.5 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of American English Coonhound at 18 months
Male American English Coonhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 25.0 inches Weight: 60.0 lbs
Female American English Coonhound size stats at 18 months
Height: 24.0 inches Weight: 52.5 lbs

American English Coonhound Owner Experiences

Oreste
1 Year
5 People
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shell game
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Fetch
jog
Go Camping
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barking
my very first family dog ever!?
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Dejah
2 years
1 People
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I’m picking her up in Virginia next week.
3 years, 11 months ago
8 Months
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Walking
Playing
chewing
Play keep away
Hunting
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The American Coonhound I walk is a very sweet boy. He has lots of energy and really enjoyed rough housing with his sister. He is very mouthy and enjoys chewing, especially on his leash. Hje is also very into sniffing and made sure to smell everything.
3 years, 10 months ago
Nine Months
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My experience was a very poor one, so much so in fact, that I’ve sworn to never walk one again. Granted, I walked two at once so that didn’t help matters, but I found both of them to be deceivingly strong, stubborn, and mischievous. They possessed the strength of a hundred Navy SEALs in their prime. At one point, they dragged my body like a rag doll across an open field then pounced on me. I feared for my life.
3 years, 10 months ago
2 Years
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I’ve known 2 personally, and they were both a little stubborn at first, but like any friend, the bonds with both of them did grow overtime, and soon I was taking them both out on camping trips & hiking out in the woods. If they are off leash, they are Incredible & stunningly majestic to see in their natural habitat in the woods! Loyal, goofy, & sweet. just a little stubborn is all
3 years, 10 months ago
3 Years
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Explore the woods
They are a very intelligent prey driven dogs. So in they city they like to go after bunnies and squirrels. They are high energy, but very sweet once you get to know them. They are great dogs if they are trained correctly.
3 years, 10 months ago
4 Years
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Boat ride
Sniffing
The pup I walked was a typical coonhound... she was timid when I arrived and took a while to warm up. She pulled on her leash the whole walk and had her nose on the ground sniffing around and tried to pull me in different directions that weren't on our route. She bayed at passing by dogs and dogs in their yards, and didn't really listen to any commands at all.
3 years, 10 months ago
7 Years
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Explore the city
Play
Eating Snacks
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Together we've gone on some very chill and enjoyable strolls. He enjoys sniffing things and will pull if there is a cat or squirrel nearby, but otherwise he likes a bouncing, lumbering, and relatively slow walk. He's a mighty affectionate fella who is happy to play with me or any nearby dog. During our last walk together we ran into a small shepherd puppy and he did an awesome job playing gently with him and being tolerant toward his little puppy nibbles. I was very impressed by his patient nature, particularly with a small dog. When I dropped him off he was happy to grab a toy and lay in his bed. He seemed like he was pretty adaptable to any environment that he's placed into.
3 years, 10 months ago
Lucy
7 Years
2 People
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We have always had Labs in the past. We found her used on Craigslist. She had 2 previous owners, the first a homeless man. She is beautiful but is a PITA! We walk her about 8-10 miles a day along country roads here in the Canadian Rockies. In general she is a terrible walker, always pulling no matter what type of collar she wears and we have tried them all. For 65# she is amazingly strong! We wish we could actually play with her but we cannot let her loose. We have a Garmin GPS collar but we are surrounded by many thousands of acres of forest with lots of bears and cougars all around us. Apparently invisible fences will not work with coon hounds so this spring we will fence part of our yard. She is not super affectionate and still growls at us occasionally for no apparent reason. She is moody but she seems happy. She will go all day w/o eating. She is a very picky eater. Right now she is driving us crazy - she is obsessed with red squirrels and chipmunks in the yard. She is crazy but we love her!! I only wish we could let her run free.
2 years, 6 months ago
Abby
4 Years
1 People
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Chasing her German Shorthair brother around yard
Rummaging through wood piles for lizards
A good ear massage
Sniffing everything
Socializing with other dogs
Walks
Dog park visits
Abby came to me from a shelter when she was about 10-12 months old. She wasn't trained and was very defiant. She was a master at escaping a fenced yard or sneaking into the kitchen to hunt for human food to snack on. After about 6 months of love and training she became quite a loyal and well minded dog. Now after 3 years we have an amazing bond and she is very well minded (although she does still have a bit of a defiant streak). When we're hanging out in the yard, which is 3 fenced acres, she has a tendency to wander off to some far corner after a scent she has picked up. She loves laying in the sun and she loves sunning her tummy while laying flat on her back. She is happy at the dog park, although she can be a bit of a loaner because she is overwhelmed with scents to sniff. She is one of the most beloved dogs I have ever owned and I highly recommend the American English Coonhound to any family with children and a big yard.
1 year ago
Sydney Anne “Annie”
1 Year
2 People
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I rescued Annie from a kill shelter in Wyandot County Ohio about 6 months ago. Someone paid over a thousand dollars for this purebred Redtick and then dropped her off at the shelter for some unknown reason. I got her for $35.00 (their loss was my gain)!!!! The first thing I have to say about Annie is just how massive she is. She stands 26” at the shoulders and weighs 75lbs without an ounce of fat on her. To put her size into perspective she is a couple inches taller and about 10lbs heavier than her male counterparts. The second thing I will tell you is that she is an absolute sweetheart. She routinely catches rabbits (that’s how athletic she is) in our fenced in back yard but never hurts them. She carriers them around, mouths them, licks their fur and then let’s them go:) Finally, having read some other people’s descriptions I must agree that walking Annie can be a challenge especially out in the woods. I’m a 200lb triathlete in pretty good shape and she routinely pulls me down due to her shear power. I just can’t explain how athletic and powerful she is.......like a middle linebacker...muscle on top of muscle on top of muscle My only wish is that when you rescue a dog from a shelter that they give you their papers. If I had Annie’s breeding papers I would show her in dog shows all over the US and she would win most of them, The most beautiful, athletic, ginormous sweetheart you could ever meet. I’m a very lucky man
10 months, 4 weeks ago
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