Black and Tan Coonhound Photo

Black and Tan Coonhound Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a medium sized, powerful hunting dog. It has a large oval head with low set ears, smooth skin over its face and round hazel to dark brown eyes. Its expression is eager, friendly and alert, and it has a scissors bite. A long, muscular neck slopes into a strong, level back, rounded out by a deep chest and well sprung ribs. Its tail is based slightly below the topline and carried at an approximate right angle to the back when in action. Powerful shoulders give way to straight forelegs, and its muscular hindquarters are supported by sinewy hind legs that extend back from under the body. Its dense, short coat is inky black with tan markings over the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle, chest and legs.

Black and Tan Coonhound Fast Facts

11 - 12 years
United States
18th century
60 - 75 lb
55 - 70 lb
25 - 27"
23 - 25"
Black and Tan Coonhownd, Black and Tan Koonhound, or Blak and or Coonhound.
American Black and Tan Coonhound


The Black and Tan Coonhound is an intelligent and loyal hunter and companion....

It is friendly and outgoing, and generally gets along well with other dogs. It may be reserved near strangers, but is rarely aggressive. The Black and Tan is big and can play rough, so it would be better suited for a family with older children. Sometimes willful, it requires ongoing, firm training. Socialize your Black and Tan when it is young and be sure to teach it not to wander, as the hunting instinct is strong in this breed. The dog should not be allowed to run without a leash or the benefit of a good fence, as it may chase after scents. If left alone for too long it may bay and howl. Beware of drool.

Caring For a Black and Tan Coonhound

The Black and Tan Coonhound was bred for big spaces and should not live in apartments or small houses....

It needs at least a large yard, and daily, vigorous exercise, preferably in the form of very long runs. Bred to withstand a wide range of climates, the Black and Tan will do fine outdoors. Do not overfeed this breed, and keep an eye out for ear mites or cankers. Weekly brushing is sufficient to keep the dog looking good. The Black and Tan Coonhound is vulnerable to canine hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism and ectropion.

Black and Tan Coonhound History

Breed History

It is believed that the Black and Tan Coonhound descended from the Bloodhound and the Talbot hound, which had already been developed by the time of William the Conqueror....

The breed was then developed from the Virginia Foxhound, bred for its color and superb sense of smell. It originated in the Ozark, Blue Ridge, Appalachian and Smokey Mountains in the southeastern United States. During the late 1700s, it was popular among Indian fighters and scouts. It is known for its exceptional ability to track scents even under the worst conditions, and is a successful hunter of raccoon, bear, deer, and mountain lion, even over rough terrain. The Black and Tan Coonhound was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1945. Today, there are two varieties of the Black and Tan Coonhound: field and show. The show variety tends to be bigger and calmer, while the field variety is still used for hunting.