Black and Tan Coonhound

Other names: Black and Tan Dog for Raccoon Hunting, Black and Tan Coonhound

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Traditionally bred for raccoon hunting, the Black and Tan Coonhound is also and above all a family and working dog full of qualities. He is a pleasant companion for his master. Sociable, he gets along well with children and his peers, but remains reserved towards strangers. In short, it is a dog with a balanced personality, largely deserving of being better known to the public.



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Hair type Short
Origin United States
Template Big
Head shape Oval
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 29 kg to 50 kg From 58 cm to 63 cm
Male From 29 kg to 50 kg From 63 cm to 68 cm
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History of the breed

The name of the breed indicates both the characteristics of the dog’s coat, black and tan in this case, and the mission for which it was specifically developed: raccoon hunting. Originally from the United States, the Black and Tan Coonhound was encouraged to track procyonidae by following their scent trails. Thanks to its very powerful scent, this running and tracking dog pursued them to their hiding place, forcing them to take refuge in height, especially in the trees. The Black and Tan Coonhound could however be used to hunt other animals of much larger size: deer, bear or even puma.

The breed was recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1945. It was recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in July of the same year.

Physical features

His coat : short and tight, it gives the dog good protection against cold and heat.
Its color : charcoal black associated with tan markings. These are mainly located above the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle, on the chest, on the limbs, as well as on the upper back sides of the thighs.
His head : similar in shape to the oval. The stop is moderately marked. The nose is black in color and the nostrils are wide open.
His ears : set low and behind, hanging down.
His eyes : almost round in shape, hazelnut color.
His body : powerful. The neck is muscular and of medium length, the back quite straight.
Its tail : relatively thick, set rather low, erect when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

A hard worker, courageous and unwavering determination, the Black and Tan Coonhound is naturally good at tracking. Remarkable skills that he expresses even on the most difficult terrain. When it is not launched on fragrant tracks, it is an excellent companion both for its master, towards whom it shows great loyalty , and for the other members of its family. Starting with children, for whom he is an energetic playmate .

Sociable and peaceful , the Black and Tan Coonhound is nonetheless reserved towards individuals he does not know. Despite this natural distrust of strangers, custody is not his area of predilection. Moreover, he is neither fearful nor aggressive. He also enjoys the company of other dogs.

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The Black and Tan Coonhound demands an early, balanced and quality education , like any hunting dog. In other words, it is about being firm with him, because he can tend to do what he wants, without having the slightest brutality towards him. This dog remains sensitive.

Learning to recall is essential; it will help prevent runaways. Positive education , based in particular on rewards, makes it possible to appeal to their intelligence and their desire to please their master, for optimal results.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Thanks to its tight coat, the Black and Tan Coonhound is able to withstand the harsh climatic conditions, both in winter and in summer. His hunting instincts and his fairly strong need for exercise mean that this dog is not really suited to apartment living . He is happier in a house with a large fenced garden.


Ease of gaining weight

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a dog in the solid overall health. However, it is one of the breeds affected by certain conditions, including hip dysplasia, cataracts and disorders affecting the thyroid.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies.

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Minor concerns
Occasional concerns
Ear infection
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Black and Tan Coonhound dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Black and Tan Coonhound is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Black and Tan Coonhound experiences one to two molts per year during which it loses moderate amounts of hair. Its maintenance does not pose any particular difficulty, but must be carried out regularly.

The Black and Tan Coonhound calls for one brushing per week , which can be done with a brush or rubber glove. During the moults, brushing becomes more frequent in order to eliminate a maximum of dead hairs. Baths should remain occasional.

The claws and teeth of the Black and Tan Coonhound require constant examination and maintenance. His teeth must be brushed in particular to eliminate the build-up of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria. His eyes and ears should be checked regularly to make sure there is no trace of dirt or any infection.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
1300 €

The purchase price of a Black and Tan Coonhound is between 900 € and 1300 €.

Annual maintenance cost

Max € 500
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Black and Tan Coonhound is between € 500 and € 650.

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Like any active dog, the Black and Tan Coonhound needs a diet that offers quality protein and ensures complete and balanced nutritional intake . The high-end kibble offered on the market is a good choice for this breed. Its food is divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Black and Tan Coonhound being a hunting dog at heart, his need for exercise is important. It requires long daily walks , ideally on large natural expanses where it can move freely. He also enjoys playing sessions with his owner.


Official Club
American Black and Tan Coonhound Club
Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1945


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