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Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound
Country of origin
United States
FCI[?]:Group 6 Section 1
Breed standard (external link)
AKC (http://www.akc.org/breeds/recbreeds/blkntan.cfm)
Also recognised by the Canadian Kennel Club[?]

About the Breed

The Black and Tan Coonhound was bred to hunt raccoon but are also widely used for hunting bear and cougar. In 1945, the Black & Tan became the only one of the six sub-species of Coonhound to be recognized in the Hound Group by the American Kennel Club. The Redbone Coonhound[?] and the Plott Hound[?] have since been recognized in the Miscellaneous Class. The other three sub-species of Coonhound are the Bluetick Coonhound[?], the English Coonhound[?], and the Treeing Walker Coonhound[?].

The breed standard for Black & Tan Coonhouds are as follows:


23 to 27 inches at the shoulder 8 to 10 inches head (back of skull to tip of nose) 65 to 100 pounds Males are typically larger and heavier boned than females.


Hazel to brown eyes Ears extend past the tip of the nose Their black and tan markings are very similar to the Doberman pinscher and the Rottweiler[?] but have very distinguishing differences from these breeds. The most prominent are the long tails and ears, and their loud, baying bark.

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