Black and Tan Coonhound

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55-75 lbs
United States
American Black and Tan Coonhound

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a loyal and good-natured hunter and companion dog, who likes nothing more than to please his owner. The breed is an intelligent, alert dog, who is eager to please and passionate about his work. Gentle and friendly with people, the Black and Tan Coonhound shows a willingness to listen to his master. If taught while young to respect children and that they are above him in the pecking order, they can be very gentle and protective of young children. They do need an owner that is the dominant pack leader, and require a firm but patient leadership and training to prevent any willfulness. If the Black and Tan Coonhound has not been taught respect or lacks in exercise, they can become anxious when separated from the owners, and become destructive and howl if left alone. They will follow their noses if left unattended off a leash. With other dogs, they may become aggressive if the humans are not showing dominance. They may need to be corrected for unacceptable behavior at the appropriate time. These dogs can become easy going, loyal, protective dogs and are great with an active family. This breed was first recognised by the AKC in 1945.

hunting raccoons and other game
Date of Origin
talbot hound, bloodhound, black and tan foxhound

Black and Tan Coonhound Health

Average Size
Height: 25-27 inches Weight: 55-75 lbs
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 55-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Minor Concerns
  • Ectropion
  • Hemophilia
  • Obesity
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Heart
  • Physical Examination

Black and Tan Coonhound Breed History

The Black and Tan Coonhound has decidedly American roots. Thought to be developed in the Ozarks, Smoky, Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountain ranges, the breed is also thought to have history in the Southern States, and can trace its ancestry back to the American Foxhound and the Virginia Foxhound, mixed with a little bloodhound. Back in the 1700’s, the ancestors of this talented canine were companions of Indian Scouts and served their purpose well as trackers, as they were highly skilled with their nose. Later, most likely in the South, The Black and Tan was known for its prowess as a raccoon hunter (or coon as the locals named it), which is possibly where the dog got its name Coonhound. They are excellent trackers, especially at night, and will trail their quarry for miles before cornering it (usually up a tree if it is a raccoon). Then the dog will howl to let the owner know where it is. As the breed’s name implies, they are black in color with tan markings. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel club in 1945.

Black and Tan Coonhound Breed Appearance

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a large, dedicated hunting hound. They have an amazingly sensitive nose, long velvety ears and a friendly gentle disposition. The coat is coal black with a slightly oily feel, and has rich tan accents including the distinctive dashes above the eyes. The eyes are very expressive and eager, and are hazel to dark brown in color. Their short dense coat helps cope with the extremes in weather conditions, and is loose in fit. The Coonhound has a strong sleek body that is slightly longer than their height at the withers, while their head is well proportioned to the body. The long head has an oval outline, with a long muzzle. The teeth should meet in a scissor type bite. They have long straight legs, and a strong tail that is carried freely. The Black and Tan Coonhound runs with an effortless eager stride and will stay on a trail until conclusion.

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Black and Tan Coonhound Breed Maintenance

With their short, dense coat, the Coonhound only needs occasional brushing to keep its coat in good order. Because they have long silky floppy ears, a regular ear check is necessary, and cleaning is essential. Your veterinarian can show you the correct way to clean your dog’s ears. Because most Coonhounds drool, you may need to regularly wipe your dog’s face, especially inside the home, unless you want to be covered by drool! Although they do like to laze about at times, they tend to put on weight, and they need exercising just to keep them fit and healthy, as well as burn off some energy so that they are easy to manage. With a Coonhound, it pays to keep them on a leash when out walking, because if they catch a scent their instincts will take over and you will see them disappearing over the horizon, paying no heed to your calls.

Brushes for Black and Tan Coonhound
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Black and Tan Coonhound Temperament

This breed is a friendly, outgoing dog who is usually described as happy-go-lucky. He is a great family pet and is good with children, although he can be a bit too rambunctious for younger children. If raised with other pets, such as cats, he can get on very well with them. Black and Tan Coonhounds are a typical hound and love nothing more than to follow a good scent, so a securely fenced yard is essential to keep him from wandering. It is advisable to keep him on a leash when going for a walk for the same reason – one whiff of a scent and he could be gone following the trail. They love long walks with loads of time to sniff everything. They tend to love their food and will eat their share, as well as your share if they can get their nose on it. Patience when training is needed and positive reinforcement will help, especially food rewards. These dogs can be creative with their interpretation of your commands (hence patience is needed) but are a loyal, obedient dog.

Black and Tan Coonhound Activity Requirements

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Black and Tan Coonhound Popularity

Popularity ranking
Popular Hybrids

Black and Tan Coonhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.8 - $2.3
Monthly Cost
$52.5 - $67.5

Black and Tan Coonhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Height: 19 inches Weight: 40 lbs
12 Months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 52 lbs
Height: 22 inches Weight: 52 lbs
18 Months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Height: 24 inches Weight: 65 lbs

Top Black and Tan Coonhound Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Black and Tan Coonhound breeders of 2017.
Hagoods Black and Tans
Little Rock, Arkansas
Midnight Thunder Black and Tans
Saint Pauls, North Carolina
Buffalo Hollow Kennels
Floyd, Virginia
Skinner's Flint River Coondogs
Roberta, Georgia
Blackburn's Black and Tan Coonhounds
Blanco, Texas
J & M Black and Tan Coonhounds
Johnson City, Texas
Jazzman Black and Tans
Palmdale, California
American Black and Tan Coonhound Club
Gurley, Alabama

Black and Tan Coonhound Owner Experiences