The Black & Tan Coonhound: A Complete Guide

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Because the Black and Tan Coonhound has special skills and strong hunting instincts, they are not known as family dogs.

For people who admire their sense of humor and independent nature, he can make a wonderful companion. At home, he tends to be laidback, playful, and gentle.

The stamina that makes him a great hunting dog also makes him an excellent jogging or running companion.

Afterward, expect him to sack out on the sofa, preferably on or near your lap. This is a dog who likes his comforts.

Black and Tan Coonhounds love children, and they are very willing playmates. They get along well with other dogs and can even be best friends with cats.

They are excellent watchdogs and will alert you without hesitation when someone is coming. This dog may be intimidating, but he is unlikely to bite or harm anyone.

As with every breed, Black and Tan Coonhounds have some drawbacks. For one thing, they can have a doggy odor. This is something you’ll either love or hate.

Be sure you love it because it can’t be washed away for more than a day or two. They drool when the weather is really hot. They shed heavily and slobber after they have a drink of water.

Finally, he’s not for the faint of heart. A Coonhound needs a leader who’s as stubborn and smart as he is.

Still, if you can have a sense of humor and accept his drawbacks, as well as provide him with the human companionship he loves, it’s hard not to fall in love with this dog.

Black and Tan Coonhound Puppies – Before You Buy…

A close up of a Black and Tan Coonhound's face
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a great and laidback addition to families of all sizes and ages.

What Price are Black and Tan Coonhound Puppies?

The price of Black and Tan Coonhound puppies is between $300 to $400.

How to Find Reputable Black and Tan Coonhound Breeders?

Ask a lot of questions from the breeder. If they truly care about what they are doing and are breeding Black and Tan Coonhounds responsibly, they will be happy to answer all your questions.

Responsible breeders care about their dogs and make sure that they go to good dog owners.

Know and understand the breed. Observe the puppies and how they interact and play with each other.

Once you have decided on a Black and Tan Coonhound puppy to purchase, make sure to thoroughly read and understand the breeder’s contract.

The breeder’s contract should state the health guarantee of their puppies, their return and refund policy, and other important information regarding your new puppy.

They always make sure that their puppies are weaned, vaccinated, properly socialized.

It’s your responsibility to evaluate each breeder and determine if you think they are responsible.

3 Little-Known Facts About Black and Tan Coonhound Puppies

  1. Black and Tan Coonhounds bay and howl as only a hound can. It’s not recommended for city living.
  2. They are easily distracted by various scents. Once they follow a scent, you will find it hard to call them off.
  3. Black and Tan Coonhounds are not homebodies. They will roam and can go for miles before realizing that they are nowhere near home.

Physical Traits of the Black and Tan Coonhound

A side view of a Black and Tan Coonhound
Black and Tan Coonhounds need lots of time to relax around the house.

The alert, friendly, and eager expression on their faces makes the Black and Tan Coonhound very lovable.

He holds his head and tail high and moves with graceful strides. Its long body is fairly bony, but this kind of build gives it agility, speed, and strength.

It has a deep muzzle and a deep voice that helps hunters in finding the dog when it has trapped the game.

The Black and Tan Coonhound’s coat is dense and short, which protects all kinds of weather.

How Big is a Full-Grown Black and Tan Coonhound?

Male Coonhounds are 25 to 27 inches tall and weigh between 22 to 34 kilograms.

Females are 23 to 25 inches in height and weigh 18 to 30 kilograms.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Black and Tan Coonhound?

The life expectancy of the Black and Tan Coonhound is 10 to 12 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Black and Tan Coonhound

This scent hound was bred to work with other hounds, so he knows how to get along with his canine friends.

With people he doesn’t know, he might be reserved but never shy or vicious.

He can be headstrong. He likes to have his own way. But with firm, consistent, and patient training, the Black and Tan Coonhound is a well-mannered companion.

He’s quite slow to mature, so expect to have a fun-loving puppy on your hands for at least three years.

At home, he’s an easygoing friend. Put him on a scent trail and he’s as serious as a heart attack.

Hound dogs tend to be howlers, and Black and Tans are no exception. They like to sing along with fire trucks and police cars.

They can howl and bay when left alone for long periods of time.

Unless they are at work on a farm, these dogs should be on a leash or in a fenced-in yard at all times. They are far too driven to track small animals to be left unattended.

Black and Tans can be prone to drool and slobber and can make quite a mess at mealtimes. Be prepared to mop up lots of puddles around this breed.

They assume they are the leader and require their trainers to prove otherwise. They can be stubborn and manipulative with their expressive brown eyes and droopy faces.

Training a Black and Tan Coonhound is not for the soft-hearted.

As with most hound breeds, the Black and Tan Coonhound is sensitive and needs to be trained with a confident, consistent, but gentle hand.

Harsh treatment can lead to problematic behaviors, and overly sensitive people can shut down emotionally.

Positive reinforcement treats, and a lot of patience will yield the best results when training a Black and Tan Coonhound.

The Black and Tan Coonhound’s Diet

A Black and Tan Coonhound ready to play
The Black and Tan Coonhound needs a leader who’s as stubborn and smart as he is.

Black and Tan Coonhound puppies between 8 and 12 weeks need four meals each day.

Feed puppies 3 to 6 months old three meals in a 24 -hour period. Feed puppies 6 months to one-year-old two bowls of food in a day.

By the time he reaches his first birthday, one meal in 24 hours is all that’s required.

Sometimes adult Black and Tan Coonhounds prefer two smaller meals. You must adapt to their eating tendencies.

High-quality dry food provides balanced nutrition for grown Black and Tan Coonhounds and can be mixed with canned food, broth, or water.

How Much Exercise Does a Black and Tan Coonhound Need?

Black and Tan Coonhounds don’t need an excessive amount of vigorous activity.

They enjoy relaxing in a comfy living room rug or curling up on the couch next to their favorite humans.

They can adapt to just about any living situation and will do just fine in an apartment.

Whenever you bring your Black and Tan Coonhound outside, always put them on a leash.

If they catch a scent, their instincts will take off and employ true hound dog ‘selective deafness,’ and will not obey your commands to return home.

Black and Tan Coonhound Health and Conditions

Black and Tan Coonhounds are healthy, but they can still suffer from health conditions that you should know about, including hip dysplasia and eye problems like entropion and ectropion.

Some Black and Tan Coonhounds can also be diagnosed with hemophilia B.

The breed’s tendency to follow trails can make them prone to Coonhound paralysis, a kind of inflammation of the nerves.

Not all these conditions are detectable in a growing puppy, and it is impossible to predict whether they will be free of these maladies.

This is why you must find a reputable breeder who is committed to breeding the healthiest animals possible.

Dogs with floppy ears can be prone to ear infections, so check the ears weekly.

Clean them and keep them dry to remove the moisture in which yeast and bacteria thrive.

Coonhounds can also tear off toenails or break toes. They can develop split pads on their feet or suffer ear damage.

Check them over carefully for ticks after they’ve been out in the woods or the fields.

My Final Thoughts on the Black and Tan CoonhoundA Black and Tan Coonhound dog

Black and Tan Coonhounds are a great and laidback addition to families of all sizes and ages.

Playful as puppies, this breed mellows out considerably in adulthood and is happy with moderate exercise and lots of time to relax around the house.

Black and Tan Coonhounds are good with children.

They are patient and not dominant, but they aren’t particularly playful when they get older.

Many Black and Tan Coonhounds think they are lapdogs despite their size and can ball up into the tiniest of spaces to sleep next to the people they love!

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