The Black and Tan Coonhound is a true American hound dog, developed in the 1700s by people in the Ozark, Blue Ridge, Appalachian, and Smoky Mountains who needed a tough hunting dog....
Black and Tans are believed to be descended from Bloodhounds and Talbot hounds, and the resulting progeny was occasionally bred with Virginia Foxhounds. Over time, the Black and Tan became known as an exceptional tracker and hunter. This breed is even rumored to have been popular with Native American hunters and fighters in the late 18th century.
Famous for being able to pick up a cold trail, the Black and Tan is primarily used to track down animals like raccoons and tree them, but they can also be trained to hunt larger prey, including bears and mountain lions. Being native to mountainous regions, these dogs have proved that not even rough terrain will slow them down while on the hunt.
Officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1945, the breed standard features two varieties: field and show. While the show variety tends to be larger and calmer than their counterparts, the field variety are the dogs still relied upon as hunting companions today.