Black and Tan Coonhound
There are six types of Coonhounds, each varying in color: the Black and Tan Coonhound, the English Coonhound, the Blue Tick Coonhound, the Plott Hound, the Treeing Walking and the Redbone Coonhound. Black and Tan Coonhounds have traditionally been used to trail and tee animals that are being hunted by their masters, including raccoons, bears and big cats. Still used in hunting today, these dogs run their game entirely by scent and often hunt at night for the nocturnal raccoon. Their scent tracking is determined and proficient as they were bred specifically for this purpose. Originating from the American Foxhound umbrella of breeds, Black and Tan Coonhounds are the first breed of Coonhounds to be accepted by the AKC, even though they are rarely bred for show. Coonhounds live for the hunt, work hard, and are eager to please their masters. They are confident and friendly to people as well as animals, excluding the animals they trail. Black and Tans are well rounded in temperament and easily adapt to a variety of environments, including both weather extremes. These intelligent dogs will bawl loudly when they catch the scent of a raccoon and start pursuing it. They bay so their masters can hear them. They change the tone of their bay and howl when they have cornered the animal, so their master knows the chase has been captured. Because of their natural desire to hunt, Black and Tans require a high-fenced yard to prevent them from running off when they catch a scent. As either hunting Coonhounds or as pets, the Black and Tan Coonhounds are strong and confident in their abilities, making them excellent dogs.
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