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Black and Tan Coonhound
The Black and Tan Coonhound does not enjoy the popularity of other breeds and yet it is still torn by the aspect seen far too often in many more popular breeds as breeders/people focus on one area of interest over another.  To understand that other breeds are broken into lines or types for "Field", "Show" and other interests isn't surprising but to understand that even within the Field interest the Black and Tan is divided into a heavier slower dog and a lighter, faster dog is just a big disconcerting.  For the person who simply admires this unique American (one of the few that can lay this claim) breed with all its easy going nature, exceptional scenting ability and amiable nature as well as striking good looks, it means the best source for an exceptional companion likely lies with the rescues and shelters that serve as a "safe haven" (at least temporarily) for those Black and Tans whose owners didn't realize what they had.
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General Information
Group(s): Scent HoundHounds Height: 23-27 inches
Weight: 60-75 pounds Longevity: low to mid teens
Colors: black/tan Coat type: smooth, straight
Recognized Registries: AKC, FCI, NCA, UKC and others
Overall Appearance: With clean distinctive lines, the Black and Tan Coonhound speaks of a dog with greater speed than other Scenthounds like the Bloodhound or Foxhound while still known for exceptional scenting ability. It's distinctive black and tan coloration makes it easily recognized relative to the other Coonhound breeds in the Southern US.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: amiable, easy going and very tolerant
  with Children: Generally exceptional which often means children will end up abusing the dog if proper supervision is not offered.
  with other pets: Generally very good except some that might be perceived as prey, this can include cats.
  with dogs: Generally very good.
Socialization requirements: Moderate.
Ideal home characteristics: One that recognizes the singular drive and energy of such a dog while appreciating its exceptional devotion and genial temperment.
Temperament Notes: Tends to be low key except when working then they can be almost fanatical.
Training requirement: moderate: Socialization and basic manners are preferable. Additional work in some area helps address their drive to
Trainer notes:

The Black and Tan Coonhound is an exceptional training partner for endeavors that channel that exceptional nose such as tracking or Search and Rescue.  Even so, training areas like agility and obedience that might rely less on that nose can become a challenge as the trainer seeks to find something as motivating to the dog as all the delightful information they get from sniffing!  Even so, with lots of fun training based on games, attention, treats and/or toys (whatever the dog prefers) exceptional results can be achieved.  Discinplinary methods (such as choke collars, shock collars, etc.) are usually met with dismal failure as the dog will simply "tune out" once their tolerance is reached and spend every moment they can sniffing the ground rather than paying attention to you.  Additionally the damage created by such training methods will result in anxiety and tension that will likely find an outlet in other ways.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition: UKC in 1900.
Country of Origin: USA
Original Function: Tracking
History: Since colonial times, the Black and Tan Coonhound, descended from American and English Foxhounds was highly desirable as a tracking dog in the Southern US.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: difficult to say as many breeders breed only to function
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, eye problems, heart problems, bloat, entropion,
Health Testing: OFA, CERF,
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?
  • Why do you have Black and Tan Coonhounds (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Black and Tan Coonhound?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Black and Tan Coonhound?
  • How would you describe the ideal Black and Tan Coonhound home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Black and Tan Coonhound?
Web Sites:

http://www.coonhoundrescue.com/- Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue of America

Other Resources
Breed standard:

http://www.abtcc.com/codeofethics.htm - Standard of the American Black and Tan Coonhound as per the American Black and Tan Coonhound Club

Breeder Ethics:

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

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