Black and Tan Coonhound
Overview of Black and Tan Coonhound Dog
The Black and Tan Coonhound is one of six coonhound dog breeds that early American pioneers developed to keep themselves safe and well-fed. Black and Tans were skilled in taking down raccoons and deer (for food, fat, and raw materials) while fighting off predators like bears and mountain lions. Just ask America's founding father, George Washington, who was known to have several Black and Tans! Three hundred years ago, Foxhounds and Bloodhounds were combined to create the American-made Coonhound! How can you look at this Coonhound’s droopy velvety ears and flappy jowls without falling in love? But perhaps more impressive is their nose, which allows them to "cold track," meaning a Black and Tan Coonhound can follow the scent of an animal that left the scene long ago. Their long floppy ears are not only adorable, but they also help catch scent trails and push them towards their nose!
Personality of Black and Tan Coonhound Dog
Black and Tan Coonhound puppies grow to be large (65 - 110 lbs), athletic, loyal companions. If they catch a scent outside and are not in a fenced yard or on leash, good luck with recall! These pooches will run for miles on end when pursuing a scent trail. Their short coat only comes in Black and Tan (just like their namesake), and despite the short length, they shed a fair bit, so regular brushing helps remove dead hairs and circulate oils. These floppy-eared dogs love children and make great family pets but are independent-minded enough to sometimes disagree with their human handlers. Suspicious of strangers and always ready to sound the alarm with their booming bark, Black and Tan Coonhounds may be noisy neighbors and are not recommended for apartment living. So if you’re on the market for an All-American dog that is stealthy with an insane nose, look no further than a Black and Tan Coonhound.
Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Black and Tan Coonhounds Dog
Ear infection in dogs: The Black and Tan Coonhound’s long, velvety ears make them susceptible to ear infections. Check and clean their ears regularly to prevent the buildup of wax or debris.
Recommendations for Ear Infections in Black and Tan Coonhound Dogs:
- Echo Gold - Natural ear drops that contain a blend of soothing herbs to help ease inflammation, help reduce discomfort and help fight infection inside and around the ear.
Dog paw pad injury: Most dogs love to run and play outside. High energy dogs like your Black and Tan Coonhound may not even realize that they are damaging their paws especially on hot pavement or on rough surfaces.
Recommendations for Paw Pad Injuries in Black and Tan Coonhound Dogs:
- Heal Care - A soothing balm formulated to ease sore muscles and help protect dry or cracked paw pads to encourage healing.
- Turmeric - A herb that is rich in healing properties beneficial for easing inflammation and discomfort in paw pads.
Cataracts in dogs: is an inherited degenerative eye condition that affects many senior Black and Tan Coonhounds and may cause blindness if left untreated.