The Black and Tan Coonhound is primarily used for raccoon hunting, and has been bred to use its sense of smell to track down prey. They’re often compared to Dobermans and Rottweilers due to having the same color of coat and similar markings. They have very short coats, but don’t be fooled — they can still shed quite a bit. They have the typical hound ears, and are on the large side, since they can weigh up to 75 lb.
Despite the fact they’re hunting dogs, this dog is fairly calm around the house. They make excellent companions for people. They do have moderate exercise needs, but the Black and Tan Coonhound is often happy to chill out on the couch with the family. They’re gentle with children and are easy to train, because they’re happy to please their people. As with any dog, you should engage in training and socialization at an early age. This ensures they live up to their full potential.
They can, however, be reserved with strangers. This is part of the reason early socialization is important because this wariness can be dangerous. The last thing you want is for your dog to perceive every stranger as a threat! Make sure every experience they have with a stranger is a good one.
Black and Tan Coonhound – A Hunting Dog
Because they’re hunting dogs, they often aren’t suited to live with small animals. They’re likely to perceive cats and other animals as prey and may be tempted to chase them or cause them harm. Never leave them unsupervised with cats. In fact, if your dog is going to live with other animals, you may want to consider a dog that was intended to be a companion dog rather than hunting. These dogs are intelligent and trainable but sometimes, instinct takes over.