Fun Black And Tan Coonhound Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
Fact-checked by Yashvee Patel
Black and Tan Coonhound facts tell us all about the dog breed.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 11.3 Min

Black and Tan Coonhounds are a gorgeous breed of big dogs, and we have plenty of fun facts about the Black and Tan Coonhound all in here. These dogs have droopy and long ears, and short and dense coats, which are a combination of coal-black and tan markings.

They shed these coats in a heavy amount and so, they need proper grooming too.

Weekly brushing of their coat is absolutely necessary. These dogs are also called the American Black and Tan Coonhound as they originated in the United States.

These dogs are also popular as tracking and hunting dogs.

They have tracked down small animals like squirrels or cats to big animals, like mountain lions too. These dogs are usually a healthy breed but every breed has a few health problems associated with them, so always be on the lookout for those, and be aware of if they are getting any injuries in any way.

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Black and Tan Coonhound Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Black and Tan Coonhound?

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a breed of dog.

What class of animal does a Black and Tan Coonhound belong to?

Black and Tan Coonhounds belong to the Mammalia class of animals.

How many Black and Tan Coonhounds are there in the world?

The Black and Tan Coonhound is essentially a dog, so its breeding mainly occurs at the homes of its owners or the breeders. Hence, the breeding is rather uncontrolled and so, the exact number of the population of these dogs is uncountable.

Where does a Black and Tan Coonhound live?

Black and Tan Coonhounds originated in the United States. They were bred by crossing the Foxhound breed, like the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound with the Bloodhound breed to ward off raccoons.

Since then, they have become a favorite of many around the world. They have a kind of coat that can endure any and all kinds of weather. Hence, they live in all places around the world except Antarctica.

What is a Black and Tan Coonhound's habitat?

From the beginning, the Black and Tan Coonhound breed was bred to accompany their owners, the humans to ward off raccoons. Since that time, they have been living with humans in households.

They have the ability to endure the harshest of weather due to their incredible coat. They need a bit of a big space to run around, so apartments might not be the best option for them. They have been known to be able to stay in farmlands and the countryside too.

Who do Black and Tan Coonhounds live with?

Black and Tan Coonhounds have been known to accompany their owners and live with the humans as well. They are known to get along with other dogs as well.

They can be a little wary of strangers but not aggressive towards them.

They can work easily with strangers. They have a high prey drive which may result in them chasing after small animals but they can get along pretty well with cats that are pets of their own home if they are introduced to the cats from a young age.

How long does a Black and Tan Coonhound live?

The Black and Tan Coonhound's life span is about 10-12 years long on average. You need to keep an eye out for any health issues that your dog might be going through or if they get any injuries. The main threats to the lifespan of any dog are injuries and diseases. Hence, always take care of their health.

How do they reproduce?

If you decide to take your dog for breeding, then it's better to do it under the expert supervision of a proper and professional breeder or a vet. There are a few factors you have to test out and look for before you take them for breeding.

You have to test them for if they have any genetic disease. These dogs are independent, well-mannered, friendly, lively, and sometimes couch potatoes too.

The second thing you have to test out is if your Black and Tan Coonhound is behaving in any other way than this.

If there is any genetic disease or any negative behavioral trait present in your dog or bitch, you surely wouldn't want that to pass on to the pups. Hence, the tests are necessary.

Next what's important to know is that a dog should not be taken for breeding until he is at least two years old and has reached sexual maturity, whereas the bitch should not be taken until she has had at least three to four heat cycles.

They should not be bred more than once a year or for consecutively two to three years.

The Black and Tan Coonhounds usually give birth to six to eight puppies.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of this dog breed is Not Evaluated under the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List. Breeding of these dogs depends upon society's demand and the breed has made a reputation, so at least we know that the breed is not in any immediate danger or threat.

Black and Tan Coonhound Fun Facts

What do Black and Tan Coonhounds look like?

The Black and Tan Coonhound has a friendly, observant look to them. The color of their eyes is usually hazel to dark brown.

They have droopy and long ears. These dogs were used to hunt raccoons, and to this day, they still participate in competitions where they showcase their abilities. Hence, their body is muscular and athletic.

They have a short, dense coat that helps them endure any kind of harsh weather. The coat color is a combination of black with rich tan markings that mainly can be seen on the chest, legs, and the sides of the muzzle.

Black and Coonhound dog breed is amongst the large dog breeds.

How cute are they?

With their droopy ears, extremely alert gaze, and wise look on their face, they can seem pretty cute to a lot of people. These dogs are also friendly towards all, loyal, and loving towards their owners. These characteristics only add to their cuteness.

How do they communicate?

Dogs mainly communicate in two ways. The first is through body language and the other is vocal.

There are some body language traits which is pretty common for all dogs and you need to have knowledge of them to understand your dog better.

For example, if the body posture of your dogs seems relaxed and lazy, they may be hesitant with greeting anyone, it usually means that they are bored.

If your dogs have their head lowered, mouths closed and tails lowered with very little wagging, that means they are feeling sad. Other than these, every dog might have their own way of communicating with you which is specific to them only, and you are going to need to understand those cues to help them better.

The other way is expressing themselves vocally. Black and Tan Coonhounds are quick to bark whenever they feel some danger is afoot, and they will howl to let you know. They need at least a minimum amount of time outside playing and exercising.

If they don't get that, they might resort to barking too much. The other time they might bark is when they are on a hunt and sensing their way through the animal.

They might bark to let you know the location of the animal. Other than that, every dog's bark is unique to them. Learn to differentiate between them to understand your dog better.

How big is a Black and Tan Coonhound?

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a big breed of dog. The males of the breed can reach up to 25-27 in (63.5-68.6 cm), and the females can reach up to 23-25 in (58.4-63.5 cm) in height.

One of the largest dog breeds is the Great Dane and they can reach up to 28-32 in (71.1-81.3 cm) in height. Hence, it shows that the Black and Tan Coonhounds are just a little shorter than the giant Great Danes.

How fast can a Black and Tan Coonhound run?

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a hunting and tracking kind of dog. They can run fast.

They have the body which helps them with agility, speed, and strength, but as they rely a lot on smell to track their way through the targeted animals, they don't use their speeding ability in everyday life. Hence, the exact running speed of these dogs is hard to calculate.

How much does a Black and Tan Coonhound weigh?

A Black and Tan Coonhound is a big dog. They weigh about 65-110 lb (29.5-49.9 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

The males of the species are known as dogs and the females of the species are known as bitches.

What would you call a baby Black and Tan Coonhound?

A baby of any dog is called a puppy or a pup. Hence, the baby of a Black and Tan Coonhound would be called a Black and Tan Coonhound puppy.

What do they eat?

How much food and how many times it should be given to your dog depends upon three factors - their age, their size, and their activity and energy level.

Whether your dog is a pup, has entered adulthood, or is a senior, their food habits change in accordance with their age.

When they are a pup, they should be given a small amount of food more times spread throughout the day, and when they grow up, they should be given about two meals a day spread properly throughout the day with no more than 12 hours of gap between them.

The amount of food depends a lot upon their size and activity level.

Black and Tan Coonhounds are big-sized dogs and they can be sometimes lazy but they have a certain amount of energy level which requires them to be active for at least a minimum amount of time.

High-quality commercial food would work well with the breed or you can also give them tailor-made food by discussing it with the vet.

Whatever the food is, it should have a perfect balance of protein, good fat, vitamins, and carbohydrates. Treats can be given to them when training but look out for the amount of food they are consuming as they like to eat a lot, which might lead to obesity.

Whenever in doubt, always consult with your vet.

Are they slobbery?

Black and Tan Coonhound have the habit of slobbering quite a bit. These Coonhounds drool when they see food or are hungry when it is hot outside and they also slobber after they drink water. They are not the best at keeping the house clean and shiny. They have a floppy jaw which increases their habit of slobbering.

Would they make a good pet?

They can make pretty good pets, but not all dogs are suitable for all people. If you're looking for a big dog, have enough space in the house, and have a big fenced yard where the dog can run around, then it is the perfect breed for you.

This big dog requires at least a minimum level of activity or they might act out.

These dogs are hunting dogs, so keep an eye on them, so they don't run away chasing an animal. They are also good watchdogs.

They can alert you whenever they see or sense any danger. They are good with children, protective of them, and not aggressive until and unless there's any danger, so, they are good family dogs.

Hence, if you have children at home, they will keep them company throughout the day.

These dogs are also known to want to snuggle and cuddle up to you when you're in bed. They will sometimes just sit on the couch lazily too, so if you're looking for a dog that's a perfect blend of lively and relaxing, this is the breed for you.

Did you know...

The Black and Tan Coonhound dog breed was the first Coonhound breed to get registered by American Kennel Club in 1945.

The dog breed has a habit of showing dominance, so they will need training on dominance commands and any negative behavior will have to be rectified as soon as possible while training.

Some American Black and Tan Coonhound mix dogs are Black and Tan Coonoodle (crossing with poodle) and Black and Tan Redbone Coonhound (crossing with Redbone Coonhound).

Characteristics and Health Problems

The Black and Tan Coonhound dog breed is big on personality. They are loyal, loving, protective, independent, intelligent, sometimes lively, and sometimes lazy. They are essentially tracking dogs who have remarkable smelling abilities. They are alert, so they will let you know of any coming danger beforehand.

Every dog has a few health conditions that are associated with its particular breed. The health conditions that are associated with Black and Tan Coonhound that you need to be on the lookout for are obesity, hip-related problems, eye-related issues, cardiac problems, and ear infections.

Other than these, any injuries they might get or if they suffer from any other disease, contact your vet as soon as possible.

Having Your Own Black and Tan Coonhound

Even if you have decided upon taking home a Black and Tan Coonhound, there are a few things you need to know about them.

Such as, they need exercise in moderate amounts each day, so if you have kids at home they can play with or if you can take them for walking or running, that would be ideal. Training them would not be the easiest job.

If you train them from a young age, they will listen to you, and you can train them to track down any size of animal be it small cats, squirrels to deers to even big game, like a mountain lion.

Though, even when they are trained, they still would not blindly follow you as they have an independent personality.

Now, if you want to adopt them, look for a shelter like any British or American Black and Tan Coonhound rescue center or any rescue center in your country. If you still want to go to a breeder, go to a good one.

Black and Tan Coonhound puppies cost about $400-800 USD on average.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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Yashvee PatelBachelor of Business Management

Yashvee has won awards for both her writing and badminton skills. She holds a business administration honors degree and has previously interned with social media clients and worked on content for an international student festival. Yashvee has excelled in academic competitions, ranking in the top 100 in the Unified International English Olympiad and placing second in an essay-writing competition. Additionally, she has won the inter-school singles badminton title for two consecutive years.

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