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Description of Black And Tan Coonhound

´╗┐The Breed History

The origins of this breed likely trace back to the Talbot Hound in 11th century England. Later, admixture with American Foxhound and Bloodhound, and the black and tan Virginia Foxhound is likely. The AKC registry admitted the first of this breed in 1945 after a period of breed development in the Southern USA of approximately 200 years.

Breeding for Function

These dogs were bred for hunting raccoons and opossum. Their manner of hunting is similar to the Bloodhound. They move slowly at a determined pace with head down and follow the scent, giving loud voice when ready for the hunter. This signal means the quarry is treed. The dog has also been used for other game such as deer and bear. They are bred to withstand temperature extremes and rough terrain.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 23-25" (58.5-63.5 cm), male 25-27" (63.5-68.5 cm).

Weight: 55-75 lb (25-34 kg).

Coat: The coat is glossy, short and dense with a black background highlighted by rich tan markings. This includes a small pumpkin seed sized tan marking above each eye. Any white except a tiny patch of less than 1" (2.5 cm) is a disqualification.

Longevity: 11-12 years

Points of Conformation: An athletic hound with long smooth gait, and moderate musculature and bone, the males are more heavily built. The head is about 9" (23 cm) long, expression is alert, nose is black colored. The flews are well developed. Eyes are brown to hazel, and round. Ears are set low on the head, and are very long and pendulous. They have a medium stop. The neck is medium in length and thickness, and topline is level, the thorax deep and ribs well sprung. The thick tapering tail is carried up when on scent. Feet are compact, and the toes well knuckled up with black nails. The limbs are straight boned.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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