General Information

Dog NameBlack and Tan Coonhounds
Other NamesAmerican Black and Tan Coonhound
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHunting
GroupHound Group
Country of OriginUnited States of America (USA)

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span12
Min Ideal Weight for male22
Max Ideal Weight for male29
Min Ideal Weight for female18
Max Ideal Weight for male29


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentBrave, Easy-Going, Friendly
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyHigh
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyHigh
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesAmerican Black and Tan Coonhound
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHunting
GroupHound Group
Bred ForHunting big and small game
Recognized ByAKC, FCI, UKC, CKC, NZKC
Life Span10-12 Years
Ideal WeightMale: 50-75 pounds
Female: 40-65 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 25-27 inches
Female: 23-25 inches
Fur TypeShort and dense
Common ColorsBlack and Tan
AvailabilityWidely available
AchievementsEnrolled as a war dog
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBluetick Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound (B&T) is a hunting dog originally from the United State of America. The big and strong Black and Tan is calm in nature, friendly and outgoing. They are known as a working dog, excellent tracker, and tree hound. Black and Tan have a very sensitive nose and have the ability to track anything even with barely any scent left to it.

Black and Tan Coonhound is capable of tolerating both cold weather and heat. They form a strong bond with their people. They are excellent companion to those who loves being outdoors for a walk.

Origin and History

Black and Tan Coonhound was originally bred to hunt raccoon in southern part of United State in 17th century. They are probably the cross of Blood Hound and the Foxhound.

Although they were bred to hunt down raccoon, rabbit and other small animals, they were also capable to track and hunt big animals like wild boar and bear. Once they track down their pray, they would alert the hunters with his howl.

Black and Tan is not so familiar dog, however, they are very popular in the southern part of the United States. The American Kennel Club registered Black and Tan Coonhound in 1945.

Is Black and Tan Coonhounds Child-Friendly?

Black and Tan does very good with children. They get along with them well and are very fond of them. Patient and tolerant with children, they make excellent playmates. However, they should always be supervised as children can play rough and start to pull ears, tails, and hair.

Black and Tan Coonhound Playing Balloon With a Child

Behavior, Temperament and Personality

Black and Tan Coonhounds are active, friendly and outgoing. They are very playful as puppies but are not particularly playful in an adult. Black and Tan can be quite reserved around strangers, so, proper socialization is necessary as a puppy. Despite their big size, they think themselves as a lap dog and can climb on your lap anytime.


Training Black and Tan can be a difficult task to do as they see themselves as a leader. Therefore, you need to prove him that you are the leader and he should follow your command. They are stubborn and manipulative, so you should be a confident leader but not a harsh one.

Do not train your Black and Tan with forceful hand and harsh words. They are very sensitive and might shut themselves. Use positive reinforcement with treats, word praises and gentle pat whenever he does his job.


  • Black and Tan Coonhound is a first hound ever to be officially registered in American Kennel Club in 1945.
  • Black and Tan, compared to the human nose, can detect a scent that is one hundred million times fainter.
  • The most sensitive part of Black and Tan is his nose, so the owner should be careful and avoid using strong sprays as they might affect his nose.
  • Black and Tan have the loud baying bark developed to alert hunters when prey is trapped.
  • Black and Tan Coonhound is named after their lack coat with a tan mark.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesCataracts, Hip Dysplasia, Hemophilia B,
Coonhound Paralysis, Entropion
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Parvovirus,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus
SheddingHeavy Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal
Weight Gain PotentialHigh
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%-32%
Fat: 13%

The average life expectancy of Black and Tan Coonhound is around 10-13 years. They are generally a healthy breed with possibly some genetic health problem. Some canine health problems that the Black and Tan can suffer from are:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Boalt
  • Ear and Nose Infections
  • Hypothiroidsm

Coat and Colors

Black and Tan have a short and dense coat with tan marking on the muzzle, chest, paws, and eyebrows. Their coat is black with tan marking.

Black and Tan Coonhound Puppy


The cost of the Black and Tan Coonhound is anywhere from $500-$1500. However, the cost of adopting a puppy is $300 or less that includes the expenses of taking care of the puppy before adoption.


The average height of Black and Tan Coonhound is 23-27 centimeters at its withers. The average weight is 55-75 pounds.

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