The American English Coonhound traces its ancestry from Foxhounds who were brought to the Southern United States. The breed developed from the hunting “Virginia Hounds” during the 17th and 18th centuries and was refined over time by Robert Brooke, Thomas Walker, and if you can believe it -- George Washington. They were used to hunt raccoons at night and American Red Foxes during the day.
The American English Coonhound was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2011.
What’s the American English Coonhound like?
The American English Coonhound makes for a great house pet because he’s generally quiet, loves to lounge around, and requires less than strenuous amounts of exercise. Coonhounds do have a tendency to chase prey and other small animals so keep an on eye on them outdoors. A strong prey drive might also render them unsuitable for households with other small pets such as hamsters or guinea pigs. They are generally good with children and are very loyal to their family.
Training should start immediately because if not trained right away the Coonhound can become destructive and harder to train later. They do require that you to have a little more patience during training than other breeds might.
The American English Coonhound is fairly easy to groom and a weekly brushing with a hound mitt or a rubber brush will keep his coat clean and shiny. He does shed, but if you keep up with the brushing you’ll remove the dead hair instead of finding it around the house and on the furniture!
The American English Coonhound is generally a healthy breed but watch for any of the following:
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
Coonhound temperament, personality, training, behavior, pros and cons, advice, and information, by Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Behavioral Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books
There are a number of coonhound breeds, the most popular being the Black and Tan Coonhound (pictured), Bluetick Coonhound, Redbone Coonhound, Plott Hound, Treeing Walker Coonhound, English Coonhound, and American Leopard Hound.
These dogs are first and fundamentally working dogs – they hunt large and small game. Though good-natured and easygoing, these hardy hounds are so in need of hard physical exercise that they belong with an owner who will take them hunting, jogging (on dirt or grass, not concrete), hiking, and/or swimming.
The problem with providing exercise is that, unless well-trained for hunting, it is a major risk to allow coonhounds off-leash. They are inveterate explorers who will follow their nose over hill, over dale, through the woods – and onto the highway. An enclosed dog park is probably your safest option.
When well-exercised, coonhounds are calm and undemanding dogs, apt to sprawl and snore in front of the fire. Without exercise, on the other hand, a coonhound can be a rambunctious handful.
Coonhounds get along very well with other dogs, though some can be dominant and pushy as they test each other for favorable positions in the pecking order.
Befitting their predator ancestry, coonhounds may stalk smaller pets, though they may get along fine with the family cat (as long as he doesn't run!).
It is in a coonhound's nature to constantly figure out ways to outwit his prey, so he often does the same with people. In other words, following commands blindly is not part of a coonhound's genetic makeup. Put yet another way. coonhounds can be very stubborn! Consistent leadership is a must, and obedience training must be upbeat and persuasive (include occasional food rewards).
A Coonhound may be right for you.
If you don't want to deal with.
A Coonhound may not be right for you.
Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training.
More traits and characteristics of the Coonhound
If I was considering a Coonhound, I would be most concerned about.
Coonhounds were never intended to be simply household pets. Their working behaviors (following scents, chasing things that run, exploring, baying) can be a nuisance in a normal household setting. Trying to suppress these "hardwired" behaviors, without providing alternate outlets for their energy, can be difficult and is not fair to the dog.
About the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.
To help you train and care for your dog
Dog training videos. Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action.
The problem is that most dog training videos on the internet are worthless, because they use the wrong training method. I recommend these dog training videos that are based on respect and leadership.
|Other Names||Redtick Coonhound, English Coonhound|
|Coat||Short/medium, with hard protective hair|
|Color||Blue and white, red and white, tri-colored with ticking, white and black|
|Height||Females: 23-25 in |
Males: 24-26 in
|Temperament||Energetic, intelligent, loyal, sweet and mellow|
|Litter Size||6-8 puppies|
|Good with Children||Requires supervision|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||AKC, UKC|