This breed is a descendant of the Talbot hound, which was located in England later than the 11th century, during the Middle Ages. It comes from the Talbot hound through the Foxhound and the Bloodhound culminating in the Virginia Foxhound, which was known as the black and tan. The AKC gave the Black and Tan Coonhound recognition in 1945.
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It has a shiny black coat with spots of deep tan over its eyes and on the sides of its muzzle. Tan may appear on the legs and chest. The head is prominent at the top of the skull. The eye colors are hazel and brown. The ears are very long, broad, and thin. The legs are lengthy compared to the body and muscled. The tail tapers and the dog holds it at a right angle, if he is attentive or enthusiastic.
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This breed can do with moderate exercise, but it is best suited to someone that jogs, takes walks, and is involved in outdoor activities.
The fur is short and flat and the colors are black and tan together.
The Black and Tan Coonhound is laid back and good natured. It is curious and spirited and likes exploring. To keep him safe from his exploring nature put this dog on a leash or in a fenced yard. This breed is self-assured, intelligent, gentle, affable, and adaptable. It likes playing and when encouraged it will do so. It is also happy working or resting.
This breed is usually friendly with other pets, though sometimes territorial with other canines. The Black and Tan Coonhound fares well with kids. How it react to strangers can differ. Some are aloof and others friendly. It is protective of its owner and family. This breed has determination and can be stubborn. An owner that has had other dogs and that has patience, is firm and assertive is the best one for this breed. A positive approach is best with the Black and Tan Coonhound.