Black and Tan Coonhound
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a dog which was earlier used for hunting raccoons and bears, and is a popular pet since it is gentle and friendly. The dog probably has its origin in the medieval England from the Talbot hound.
Other forefathers of the hound are Bloodhound and the Foxhound which was used in Virginia for hunting. The coonhound was the first coonhound which was recognized by the American Kennel Association, in 1945 and a number of kennel shows are held for the coonhound. Though they specialize in trailing smaller animals like raccoons, it can also trail larger animals.
Though the coonhound is not a very popular pet dog, many people keep it in their house because of its friendly temperament. It does not lose its temper often, and is a gentle dog. The dog is adaptable and will usually obey all the commands of pet owner.
The dog is very easy going and reciprocates the affection of anyone who is friendly. While the dog can be used as a watch dog to detect intruders it is not advisable to use it as a guard dog, because it is too friendly. It is suitable as pet in families with older children. Outdoors, it may be more difficult to control the coonhound because it may start tracking an animal
Lifespan and health
Typically the lifespan of a coonhound is usually between ten to twelve years, though this may be affected by health problems. Some of the major problems faced by the hound are canine hip dysplasia and hemophilia B.
Regular health checkups can detect any health problems and ensure that they are treated. The weight of a healthy dog will vary between 50 to 75 lb with the male dog typically 10 lb heavier than the female dog. Size of each litter is usually six to eight puppies. Most of the dogs do not have major health problems. They should be taken for a long walk daily to remain healthy.
Shedding and grooming
The coonhound will shed his coat once or twice a year. To reduce the amount of hair shedding in the different areas of the house, the coonhound coat should be brushed once a week. This will ensure that all the loose hair are removed. It will also make the coat softer and cleaner. Most of the coonhounds are also drooling, so their face should be wiped periodically.
The ears should also be checked periodically to ensure that they have no infection. The dog should also be washed properly to remove the smell from the body. Bathing at least once a month is recommended, though more regular bathing may be required if the dog is dirty.
|Breed Group:||Hound (AKC:1945)|
|Life span:||10-12 years|
|Height:||23-27 inches (58-68 cm)|
|Weight:||50-75 pounds (45-64 kg)|
|Colors:||Black & Tan|
|Litter Size:||6-8 puppies|
|Puppy Price:||Average $300 - $400 USD|