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American Black and Tan Coonhound (Black and Tan Coonhound)
The Coonhound is a very serious working dog.  Of remarkable tenacity and stamina, it is not uncommon for dogs to be lost in their fervent effort to pursue game beyond the reach of their handlers.  Intense when on a scent and known for their "treeing" of game, the Coonhound is not always a dog with a reliable recall (even with exceptional training).  Nevertheless, the genial nature and easy going attitude make this and other Coonhounds exceptional candidates as family companions.
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General Information
Group(s): HoundsScent Hound Height: 23-27 inches
Weight: 55-70 pounds Longevity: early teens
Colors: black and tan Coat type: smooth, short
Recognized Registries: FCI, UKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: An athletic body covered with a somewhat loose skin and floppy ears in the distinctive black and tan pattern. Known for stamina more than speed, a pack of Coonhounds can nevertheless, quickly leave a group of hunters far behind.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: very genial
  with Children: generally exceptional especially if socialized with well behaved kids
  with other pets: generally good
  with dogs: generally very good
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates vocal dogs and the difficulty in training a solid recall due to exceptional scenting abilities.
Temperament Notes: Intense and focused when working, genial and generally laid back when relaxing.
Training requirement: socializing, basic manners with special emphasis on recall
Trainer notes: Intelligent but as a rather independent working dog (doesn't look to its handler while working for instruction or guidance) it may be difficult to reliably gain the dog's attention.  Positive techniques focusing on elements that are especially motivating to an individual dog will tend to be more successful.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Recognized by the AKC in 1945
Country of Origin: USA
Original Function: Scenthound
History: May have some Foxhound but ancestry is so old as to not be clear. Definitely closely related to other strong Scenthounds, the B&TC was prized for its treeing ability and especially popular in the Appalachian and Ozark Mts of the US.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: excessive substance, excessively refined,
Health Notes: heart issues, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, luxating patellas,
Health Testing: OFA for knees, hips, elbows and heart
Questions to ask Breeder:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Black and Tan Coonhounds?
  • What do you consider correct Black and Tan Coonhound temperament?
  • What titles do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What health issues do you screen for?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • How often do you have litters?
  • At what age do you send your Black and Tan Coonhound puppies to their new homes?
  • What training and socializing suggestions do you have for new puppy owners?
  • What would you consider an ideal home for a Black and Tan Coonhound?
Web Sites:

http://www.coonhoundrescue.com/ - General Coonhound Rescue. 

http://fly.hiwaay.net/~eatchley/Rockytop.html- Find out more about Black and Tan Coonhounds that excel in the showring, obedience and agility 

Other Resources
Breed standard:

http://www.abtcc.com/breedstandard.htm- Breed Standard of the American Black and Tan Coonhound Club of America

Breeder Ethics:

http://www.abtcc.com/codeofethics.htm- Code of Ethics for the American Black and Tan Coonhound Club of America

Other: This breed is one with the unfortunate condition of essentially being two breeds within one since many breeders and owners only take advantage of one area of interest.  Some will only exhibit their B&Ts at shows and others will only utilize their dogs for hunting and field trials.  As a result, the variation in the breed between show dogs and field dogs is great indeed.  Concern over the handling and conditions that many coonhounds are maintained by their hunter-owners also interferes with the desire of show owners to participate on field events.  As such, special attention needs to be maintained for a prospective family to be certain that they are working with a highly reputable breeder.  Be sure to verify health clearances and to see conditions that the breeder's animals are kept in.
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