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Black and Tan Coonhound

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a tall, impressive hound, with a somewhat regal, dignified expression and a powerful build. Ear leathers are long and pendulous, and the muzzle long with deep flews, giving the Black and Tan a serious outlook. Their skin and coat should be tight fitting, without droopy eyes or wrinkles.

10 – 12 years
25 – 34kg
58 – 69cm
Coats come in black and tan only
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a large garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Black and Tan Coonhound breed can be prone to:
- Atopy¹ where the skin reacts to allergens in the environment and becomes sore and itchy.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

¹T. P. Bellumori et al, 'Prevalence of inherited disorders among mixed-breed and purebred dogs: 27,254 cases (1995–2010)', June 2013, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association


Sociable, friendly, gregarious, the Black and Tan Coonhound takes life seriously, whether having fun and goofing around, or working, following a scent. Slow to mature as many larger hounds are, they are not well equipped to tolerate intensive training or training for its own sake. Easily considered ‘stubborn’ or hard to train, the Black and Tan Coonhound needs time and a foundation of a strong, positive relationship with an owner who understands how to motivate their hound to want to work with them. Clever and quick witted, this is still a breed capable of doing a hard day’s work, and who has an active mind that needs to be kept busy.

Did You Know?

  • Whilst little known in the UK, the Black and Tan Coonhound could be considered the First Dog of America, since George Washington, one of the Founding Fathers was instrumental in the development of the breed. Later on, Thomas Jefferson was also a supporter, owning a number of Black and Tans.
  • The breed features in films and advertising in the US, but the best-known Black and Tan Coonhound is Copper, owned by Cocoa Police Department in Brevard County, Fla. Copper is qualified to track, but also as a therapy dog and a courtroom dog. Alongside these duties he has appeared in many schools across his city, as an ambassador, education children about police dogs, police, court process and much more!
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