About the Black & Tan Coonhound Breed
The Black and Tan Coonhound has a moderate build which gives it a combination of strength and speed. It is fairly square with long ears which are thought to help stir up scents from the ground and direct them towards its nose, which is situated on top of a large and deep snout, a maximised space for a developed olfactory sense. Its deep muzzle is matched by a deep bark which carries and helped hunters to locate the dog once it had sniffed out its prey. It has an easy stride and a long thin tail.
It is a tall upright dog that either holds itself proudly with high head and tail, or with its nose to the ground ferreting out a scent. As the name suggests, it is black and tan coloured, mostly black but with tan feet, face and underbelly. The coat is fairly short, and only needs the occasional brush, the face may need wiping due to drooling, and the long ears needs checking to make sure they aren't becoming too waxy.
The Black and Tan Coonhound was first bred in America for use in hunting and scaring out game such as raccoons. It hunted down the animals, following its well developed nose, for very long distances. It is able to pick up and follow even cold scents. Upon finding the prey, the dog would chase it up a tree for the hunters to pick off. This can make the dog difficult to control, because it has an overwhelming urge to follow its nose. It needs to be controlled on a lead when out walking, and kept in a secure area, otherwise it may run off chasing down an alluring scent. When not chasing its own nose however, the Black and Tan Coonhound can be well behaved and amiable. It is generally tolerant of children, but may be too independent to satisfy a child eager to play.