Black And Tan Coonhound
You want a faithful and friendly companion who will accompany you on long walks? Your new friend should be friendly but in any case not boring? Then the black and tan raccoon dog could be the right fur nose for you. His name is actually due to his use as a raccoon hunter (raccoon: English Racoon).
The Black an Tan Coonhound is a breed of dog recognized by the FCI. It is always black with large tan markings on the head, chest and legs. White is highly undesirable and does not meet the breed standard. Likewise, light or yellow eyes are not permitted.
The ears are long and reach at least to the tip of the nose. The Black And Tan Coonhound belongs to the large dog breeds. Males reach a weight of 34 kg and a height of 68 cm. Bitches are slightly smaller and lighter. Its coat is short but very dense, which makes it ideal for all weather conditions.
The Black And Tan Coonhound is a strong, muscular dog with a bone structure that is not too heavy. He has an exceptionally good nose and an excellent sense of detection. These characteristics account for its original use as a coon hunter. The Black And Tan Coonhound has an intense, horn-like bark with which he alerts his master to the placement of a prey.
The character of the dog is friendly and outgoing. He is also very social, which makes him an ideal family dog. His people has the Black And Tan Coonhound just as happy around, as conspecifics.
The right food
The Black And Tan Coonhound belongs to the robust dog breeds. There are no known breed-typical diseases. Nevertheless, a few things must be taken care of. Due to its size and mass, the Coonhound is prone to hip dysplasia (HD).
In puppyhood and in young dogs, attention should be paid to a low-protein diet. This prevents too rapid growth. Otherwise, muscle and bone structure can get out of balance and later promote damage to the skeleton. Appropriate food for puppies of large breeds can be purchased in good specialty stores.
The adult Black And Tan Coonhound must be fed according to its use. If the dog works intensively at the side of a hunter or in dog sports, sufficient energy must be supplied via the feed.
The big furry nose by nature tends to be overweight. His rations should consist of 70- 80 % meat and supplemented with vegetables or rice. Please do not feed kitchen scraps or leftovers. Snacks and treats must be used sparingly. Otherwise the dog can quickly become too fat and problems with the musculoskeletal system are favored.
Black And Tan Coonhound Care
Due to its short coat, the Black And Tan Coonhound is quite easy to care for. Brushing twice a week with a soft brush is usually enough to maintain the silky sheen of the coat. A little more attention should be paid to the ears and eyes of the dog. Here inflammations arise more frequently. Regular control and cleaning prevent this.
Bathing the quadruped should be done only in exceptional cases, so as not to destroy the natural protective layer of the skin.
Do you have a tame raccoon at home that your dog may regularly drive through the forest and then up a tree? No? Never mind!
The Black And Tan Coonhound is an intelligent quadruped that needs to be exercised physically and mentally. His urge to move can be satisfied with tracking games. Thereby he can use his excellent sense of smell. There are special dummies for tracking.
Also, you should have a lot of time for your four-legged friend. The Black And Tan Coonhound does not like to be alone. He is also not suitable for keeping in a small city apartment. If he is not busy, his destructiveness knows no bounds and his loud barking quickly drives not only the neighbors crazy.
Otherwise, the four-legged friend does not need much. Utensils for grooming, food and water bowl, a harness / collar, a leash and a dog bed. Much more important than all the accessories is your pelt nose the time with you!
Origin & History
The Black And Tan Coonhound originates from the United States. Its ancestors are Bloodhound, American Foxhound and the Irish Kerry Beagle. The first breeding line was started by the scouts Simon Kenton and the Poe brothers at the end of the 18th century.
Coon hunting was considered a popular pastime. The Black And Tan Coonhound was the ideal partner for it. Once he caught the scent of the prey, he did not let go of it and pursued it through the forest. Even the most difficult terrain did not keep him off the scent. If the animal had fled to a tree, the dog made its master loudly on its success attentive and did not leave the raccoon any longer from the eyes. Big game such as deer or bears were also hunted with the excellent sniffer nose.
After more than a hundred years of breeding development, the FCI recognized the Black And Tan Coonhound as a dog breed with its own standard. Today, the agile raccoon hunter is a non-overbred dog breed, perfectly designed for hunting. At the same time, he is a loyal family dog that brings a lot of joy to his people if kept properly.