Black Coonhound Dog Names in Pop Culture
Finley River Chief is mostly associated with the Treeing Walker Coonhound, but this breed is also descended from the Black and Tan Virginia Coonhound. Finley River Chief was a champion hunting dog. He participated in multiple events in which he was the winning hunter. Many experts saw Finley River Chief as the perfect standard of what a Coonhound should be. He was a highly-sought stud dog, and his progeny still bring a high amount of respect among coonhound enthusiasts.
Perhaps the "Chief" dog that most people will recognize was a Black and Tan Coondog; however, this Chief was a fictional pup. Chief is the full-blooded coonhound featured in Disney's The Fox and the Hound. (Chief is portrayed as an Irish Wolfhound in the animated movie, but he is a hound in the novel upon which the film is based.) Chief is one of Amos Slade's older hunting dogs. Copper comes along, and there is an immediate issue of envy between Copper and Chief. Chief dislikes Copper's friend Tod, the fox who often visits him. Of course, Copper does not realize that he and Tod are not meant to be friends. Chief will serve as a major antagonist in the friendship between the unlikely pair.
Chief does try to teach Copper many things about the hunt, but he still has a great bit of animosity toward Copper's friend Tod. In fact, when Tod visits Copper one night after the two friends are adults, Chief tries to chase Tod away. Mid-chase, Chief is hit by an oncoming train and suffers a broken leg. At this point, Chief really begins to despise Copper and Tod's friendship. However, when Chief learns that Tod and Copper saved Amos Slade from a bear, his hatred begins to falter, and the three become friends.
Black Coonhound Dog Name Considerations
For those who want to give the pup a name that reflects the appearance of the dog, names such as Blackie or Samson (due to the size of the breed) are fitting.
The Black Coonhound is primarily found in the Southern United States. This might inspire owners to choose a "Southern" name. Names such as Beau, Bobby, Luther, or Bubba might fit a male Black Coonhound. Female names such as Dixie or Susie are also fitting.
Finally, one should consider that dogs respond better to a one- or two-syllable name, particularly those that are in training. Max, Sam, Lilly, or Belle are great names for dogs that will be training to hunt game of any size.