The Black and Tan Coonhounds is an American dog breed. They are thought to be descended from the high ranked Talbot Hounds during the reign of Williams the first, the Duke of Normandy around the 11th century.
In the early 1700’s the bloodhounds were carefully bred with specific types of Virginia Foxhounds resulting to a highly specialised type of dog, black and tan coonhounds. Back in time, this dog was known as “the settler’s dog”. There were many family dogs of the early American settlers helping to keep their owners safe and fed.
Coonhounds were accepted into the United Kennel Club in 1912 followed by the American Kennel Club in 1945.Other varieties that came to be recognised later are the Redbone Coonhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds and the English coonhounds.
The dog is a fabulous scent hound for professional hunters. They have the ability to pick up faint and old trail making it one of the best in the hunting breeds. Such capabilities has made them of high value in search and rescue operations as they have a reputation of not giving up once they are given a scent to follow. The dog is also used in large and small animals hunting. In some areas, they are used to hunt mountain lion, racoon and squirrels.
With their physical features, the dog is capable of working in all weather conditions. They are intelligent and use methodical strategies to overcome a scent obstacle. Both the agility and sent abilities make the dog very versatile.
The breed has few health problems making it easy to care. They are devoted, loving and entertaining making them a pleasure to own. They love to be cuddled and snuggled despite their enormous size.