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Black and Tan Coonhound General Appearance

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a medium-sized hunting dog known for their exceptional trailing abilities. They have a large, clean, oval-shaped head with long, low-set ears, which extend well past the nose. Black-and-Tan Coonhounds have smooth skin over their face with no folds. The eyes are round, and range in color from hazel to dark brown. They have an alert, friendly, and strong expression, which is further enhanced by their impressive, rhythmic strides.

Black and Tan Coonhounds have strong, lean necks which lead to a muscular, level back and deep chest. The Black-and-Tan Coonhound’s tail base is just below the topline, and when a Black and Tan Coonhound is in action, the tail arches to an approximate right angle. Their powerful shoulders lead into straight, strong forelegs, and they have muscular hindquarters with sinewy hind legs. The Black and Tan Coonhound has a short, dense coat that is always black with tan markings around the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle, legs, and chest.

Black and Tan Coonhound Temperament

The Black and Tan Coonhound is courageous, outgoing, and friendly, but they are first and foremost a working dog. Black-and-Tan Coonhounds are great hunting dogs thanks to their powerful sense of scent, but also because they can endure harsh winter weather and the rigorous heat of summer. In addition to the ability to endure a range of climates, Black-and-Tan Coonhounds are also able to withstand the rough terrain needed for a big game hunting dog.

Black and Tan Coonhound puppies are loyal as hunters and companions, and their friendly nature allows them to get along well with other dogs. Since the Black and Tan Coonhound is a large animal and is used to playing rough, they are a better fit for a family with older children. Make sure to socialize your Black and Tan Coonhound puppy early on, and always make sure they are in a fenced area or on-leash. Due to their strong hunting instincts, they may chase after scents if the opportunity arises. The Black and Tan Coonhound breed requires ongoing, firm training.

Black and Tan Coonhound Fun Fact

Take care of this pooch’s nose! Black and Tan Coonhounds make such great trailing dogs because of their super sensitive nose, so you need to protect it. As Black and Tans start to age, the pigment on their nose may fade, leaving them more susceptible to sunburn or skin cancer. Be sure to have baby sunblock on hand (you don’t want alcohol or fragrance), and never use sprays on your Black and Tan’s nose, as the particles can irritate their sensitive scent receptors.

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