Black and Tan Coonhound

Personality:Easygoing, friendly, bright; mellow by the fireside, rugged and brave on the trail

Coat & Grooming:The coat is maintained with a hound glove and regular bathing; the long ears require routine cleaning

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Big, athletic hunters who work nights, B&Ts need regular exercise between naps

Originally: United States

Nicknames: Black and Tan; Cooner; B&T

Size: Large

Meet the Black and Tan Coonhound

​Like their Beagle and Bloodhound cousins in the hound family, B&Ts have an amazingly sensitive nose, long velvety ears, and a sweet disposition. The coal-black coat features rich tan accents, including the distinctive “pumpkin seeds” above keenly expressive eyes. These are big, strong hounds: A good-size male can stand 27 inches at the shoulder; he’s considerably taller when the majestic oval-shaped head is taken into account. A well-built B&T covers ground with effortless, eager strides.

What's Their Story?

​The raccoon is an unsung hero of American history. These plump, nocturnal creatures were a steady source of meat, fur, and fat for settlers who tamed the wild continent. With typical Yankee ingenuity, frontiersmen crossed European hounds to create a uniquely American breed type: the coonhound. These dogs trail raccoon scent through moonlit woods and swamps until they “tree” their quarry, bawling along the way in a clear, musical voice to mark their location to rifle-toting hunters.

What are they Like?

​B&Ts are sociable hounds who thrive on companionship. A lonely B&T will serenade the neighborhood with loud, mournful “music.” B&Ts can keep pace with the most active family, but they also can happily hog the sofa for hours on end. Hounds will be hounds: A passing squirrel can arouse B&T prey drive in no time flat. A strong leash and sturdy fence are a must. As sweet and trainable as they are, B&Ts might be too much hound for the lifestyle of every owner.

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