Like their Beagle and Bloodhound cousins in the hound family, Black and Tan Coonhounds have an amazingly sensitive nose, long velvety ears, and a sweet disposition. The coal-black coat features rich tan accents, including the distinctive “pumpkin seeds” above keenly expressive eyes. These are big, strong hounds: A good-size male can stand 27 inches at the shoulder; he’s considerably taller when the majestic oval-shaped head is taken into account. A well-built Black and Tan Coonhound covers ground with effortless, eager strides.
- The Black and Tan Coonhound is believed to have descended from the St. Hubert Hound (Bloodhound), and then through the Talbot hound which was already known in 11th century England during the reign of William I, Duke of Normandy.
- America’s own Virginia Foxhound developed from Foxhounds imported to the New World from New England. The Black and Tan Coonhound evolved from the deliberate trailing, supremely cold-nosed Foxhounds with treeing instinct, of the black and tan color pattern.
- Owned by scouts and Indian fighters during the late 1700’s, the Black and Tan was the first coonhound to be considered a separate breed from the American Foxhound and was admitted to American Kennel Club registry in 1945.
- A determined, painstaking, honest hunter, the Black and Tan is noted for staying on track no matter how faint the scent and producing raccoon under the worst scenting conditions.
- With his musical voice and persistent attitude, the extremely cold-nosed Black and Tan is incredibly sure, on the trail.
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