History of The Black & Tan Coonhound

The Black & Tan Coonhound is an American breed. Thought to be descended from the noble Talbot Hounds, English hounds during the reign of William 1st, Duke of Normandy in the 11th century. In the early part of 1700's the Bloodhound was carefully bred with specific types of Virginia Foxhounds to produce a highly specialized type of dog, resulting in the Black & Tan Coonhound. These dogs were often known as "The Settlers dogs". They were the quintessential family dogs of the early American settlers helping to keep the family safe and fed.

The breed was accepted into the United Kennel Club (American) in 1912, and then followed by the American Kennel Club in 1945. Itís accepted by The Canadian Kennel Club, F.C.I and in 2009 was accepted by the New Zealand Kennel Club.

The Black & Tan Coonhound is a fabulous scent hound for the serious hunter. They have one of the best cold noses, (the ability to pick up and follow a faint, old trail) within the hunting breeds. Used in Search & Rescue operations with having the reputation of never giving up on a trail as long as there's any scent to follow. Capable of working in all weather conditions, hot or cold and also over very rough terrain. They will think their way through obstacles using very methodical and intelligent strategies. Used for hunting small & large prey & game animals. Overseas they are used for hunting bear, mountain lion, raccoons, squirrels and possums.

Both scenting and agility abilities make this breed very versatile. You will find B & T Coonhounds participating in obedience, agility, conformation, hunting & trailing and of course what they all excel in, being a 'lounge lizard' and a wonderful loving family dog.

With very few health problems and easy care along with their devoted, loving & entertaining goofy natures make them a pleasure to own. They are prone to cuddling and snuggling and despite their size, will turn into a canine pretzel in order to fit in that little spot beside you on the couch!