Black and Tan Coonhound

Breed Summary

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a working dog, capable of withstanding the rigors of winter, the heat of summer, and the tough terrain over which he is called upon to work. Their eyes are hazel to brown, the ears are long, wide, and thin, are set low and far back on the dog's head, and hang well down the neck. The black and tan markings are like the Doberman's and the Rottweiler's. The breed standard includes muscular legs are long in proportion to body length. The tail is set slightly below the natural line of the back.

Country of Origin: USA

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 138 of 196

AKC Classification: Hound

UKC Classification: Scent hounds

Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 23–25 inches; Male: 25-27 inches

Weight: Female: 55–70 lbs.; Male: 60-75lbs

Physical traits: Sturdy, Long, Muscular

Coat: Length: Short

Characteristics: Dense

Colors: Black and tan

Overall Grooming Needs: Low

Personality traits/Temperament: Hound Group

Energy Level: Laid back

Tendency to Drool: High

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Moderate

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate


The Black and Tan are typically a sturdy breed with few health problems. Their life expectancy is 10 to 12 years. Black and Tan’s ears should be checked weekly for any signs of infection. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. A responsible breeder will screen breeding stock for health conditions such as hip dysplasia, cataracts, and thyroid issues. As with all breeds, the teeth should be brushed regularly.


Black and Tan Coonhound needs high-quality dog food to fulfil their nutritional requirement. Any diet should be appropriate according to the different dog’s stage (puppy, adult, or senior).Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so monitor your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level on a frequent basis. Don’t provide human foods that are not safe for them. Consult with your veterinarian in case of any emergency.


Early socialization and puppy training classes are essential for Black and Tan Coonhound. They are intelligent, affectionate, and devoted and also have an independent streak. They can be trained, but it’s best to expect compliance rather than blind obedience. Once they learn to do something, they’ll be inclined to do it that way for the rest of their lives, so it’s important to train the behavior correctly the first time.


Black and Tan Coonhounds require a moderate amount of exercise every day. This may include a short play session in the yard or a long walk. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. These hounds were bred to hunt and have a very strong instinct to chase after any small animal they smell, so the yard has to have a tall, solid fence, and the walk has to be on a leash. The Black and Tan can be trained to help out hunting just about any kind of game, from squirrels to deer, if local ordinances permit. Black and Tans also enjoy participating in coonhound field events.

Fun Fact

One of the most sensitive spots on a Black and Tan Coonhound is its nose and it is quite important for owners to be sure and protect it.


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