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American Black and Tan Coonhound – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium to Large
Weight: NA
Height: NA
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low to Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Low to Medium

Adopt an American Black and Tan Coonhound, Dog Breed Guide


A large, well-muscled scent hound with a body that is just a bit longer than their stature, The American Black and Tan Coonhound are one of the most hardworking trackers of the entire hound breeds. A true American breed, these hounds were the first-ever dogs to land the distinguished honor of being America’s First Dogs. No less than America’s founding father and first President George Washington gave them that honor as he was fond of this breed and named them Tipsy, Tippler, Taster Drunkard and among others.

Official Name

American Black and Tan Coonhound


Date – 18th Century
Country – United States of America
Family / Group – Scenthound, Hound


The American Black and Tan Coonhound can trace its ancestry from an ancient breed found in Great Britain, the Talbot Hound. 300 years of crossing Bloodhounds, foxhounds and Virginia Foxhound with the ancient Talbot’s bloodlines produced these magnificent “smellers” which are considered as the genuine American dog breed. Popular with early American settlers and pioneers, they were used as highly skilled scent trackers of small game and varmints, especially raccoon and opossum. Among the scent hound family of dogs, the Black and Tan have been found more superior for tracking scents that “has gone cold”. Pioneer breeders developed the Black and Tan Coonhounds for their hunting abilities and also for that trademark shiny black and tan coating, two traits where their names were derived from.


Famous for being easygoing and very friendly, these American native scent hounds are a popular bunch, getting along with everyone including other dogs and children as well. Like most hounds, they are very vocal, howling and barking for a wide variety of reasons. They are also prone to steal food from members of their pack! But this doesn’t affect the Black and Tan’s wholesome reputation as pets. People who would adopt an American Black and Tan Coonhound would enjoy their clownish antics, which makes them a bit harder to train than other hound dogs.

Bred For

Raccoon and small game to big game animals like bears and mountain lions


They will not thrive in apartment living conditions. A home with a large yard would make the Black and Tan Coonhound very happy.


Occasional grooming is required, with special needs when it comes to ear cleaning as they are prone to an assortment of ear-related health problems.


Hounds are notorious sufferers of wanderlust, they can be clownish as well, making these dogs not easily trained


American Black and Tan Coonhound dogs are prone to an ear infection for their trademark long sagging ears used to track scents. The breed is also known to have eyes, hip and elbow dysplasia


Naturally bred to track prey, the Black and Tan need owners who have active lifestyles and can devote regular time exercising with them.



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