Dog breeds: Black and Tan Coonhound

Dog breeds: Black and Tan Coonhound

Origin, classification and history

Origin: USA.
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs for blood tracks.

Breed recently recognized by the International Dog Federation. The Black and Tan Coonhoud, also called "Raccoon Dog" is actually an ancient breed, although it is practically unknown in Europe. Many argue that this breed descends from the "Talbot", commonly called the "English Hound". The latter was imported to America. In this country he was employed for years in horse hunting, in which he was a teacher. Subsequently it was crossed with the "Virginia Fox Hound" and with the "Blood Hound", and the product was, once the characters of the breed were established, the Raccoon Dog. It has been selected for years for hunting purposes. In 1945 the club was founded and the breed was officially recognized.

General aspect

Medium-sized dog, mesomorphic mesocephalic. Morphologically classified as a braccoid type. Dog of well proportioned and solid construction. Its structure has good relationships. He is a typical hound, both in appearance and behavior. It has a dry muscle and a bone of right proportions with respect to the body. The general impression is of agility and power at the same time.


The Coonhound is, first of all, a working dog, in a position to endure the rigors of winter and summer heat, without any kind of problem. It is capable of tackling the toughest terrains. The Breed Club explicitly asks all the Breed Judges to take into consideration the previous prerogatives when it comes to evaluating a subject. The expression is attentive and friendly. The dog must never exhibit aspects of aggression. It is a breed that can cover a lot of ground in a short time. Fast in movement and quick in gallop. Very affectionate and faithful to his owner. Fairly intelligent and obedient.

Black and Tan Coonhound (photo ABTCC Rescue)

Black and Tan Coonhound (photo

Black and Tan Coonhound (photo


- males from 63 cm to 68 cm
- females from 58 cm to 63 cm
Weight: varies from 25 to 35 kg

Trunk: the chest is deep. The back is horizontal, powerful and robust, with a gentle inclination from the withers to the rump. The height must always be proportionate to the general conformation of the subject, so that the dog appears neither too long nor too low.
Head and muzzle: it is finely chiseled, with an average stop halfway between the occiput and the truffle. The head in males measures from 23 to 25 cm, in females from 20 to 23 cm approximately. The lips must be hanging and well developed, typical of the Hound. The skull tends to the oval shape.
Truffle: well open and always black.
Teeth: complete in development and number. Scissor closure.
Neck: muscular, inclined and of medium length.
Ears: placed low and far back, they must hang with graceful folds, giving the dog a majestic appearance. In length they must reach and go beyond the tip of the truffle.
Eyes: their color ranges from hazelnut to dark brown. They must appear round and deeply embedded.
Skin: free of creases and excessive dewlap.
Limbs: the front limbs must be straight, elbows well descended, not turned neither in nor out. The pasterns are strong and straight. Cat feet, with compact and well arched toes; thick and strong plantar pads.
Pace: fast and loose.
Shoulder: powerfully built.
Musculature: well developed in all parts of the body.
Tail: it is strong, inserted slightly below the level of the back, carried freely and, at a roughly right angle with the back, when the dog is in action.
Hair: it must be short, dense to withstand bad weather.
Allowed colors: charcoal black, with rich tan markings above the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle and on the chest, on the limbs and thighs. On your fingers black markings.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, presence of spurs, white on the chest, elbows turned out, flat feet, kyphosis, lordosis, carp's back, flattened ribs, gazzuoli eyes, clear eyes, shy character, nervousness, excess of white on the coat, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, incorrect movement, lack of teeth.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: American Black and Tan Coonhound Dog breed (September 2021).