How to Train a Black and Tan Coon Hound
Do you want an all-American dog with remarkable working attributes but with a pleasant demeanor to match?
The Black and Tan Coon hound is the perfect dog for you.
The Black and Tan Coon hound is developed in the United States by crossing the Bloodhound and Foxhound breeds. However, it is also believed to have descended from the Talbot Hound, an ancient dog breed in England.
They are great trackers and hunters of raccoons and other small animals, and even some larger ones such as bears and mountain lions. They howl as they hunt game.
They also excel in agility sports and they are very good watchdogs.
Appearance and Abilities:
The Black and Tan Coon hound is a large and powerful dog. They can be up to 28 inches tall and can weigh up to 130 lbs. Its legs are proportioned to its large body. It is muscled and finely modeled.
It has wide and long ears hanging well down its neck. It also has a long tail and carried at a right angle, when the dog is wary or excited.
The skin is loosely fitted and may droop just like typical hounds. And as its name clearly implies, its color is black with rich tan markings.
It can run very fast. With its long and rhythmic strides, it can easily trail game animals since it covers a lot of ground. It has a distinct bark and howl which is both loud and strong.
The Black and Tan Coon hound is a persistent, tireless worker. It is courageous as well. No terrain or weather condition is too tough for this breed.
As hounds, they have amazing sense of smell. They can track scent from long distances.
Temperament and Tendencies:
The Black and Tan Coon hound is quick-witted, good-natured, and loyal dog. It is a fierce dependable hunter and a loving refined household companion. It is naturally friendly and never aggressive to humans. It may bark at strangers but only to warn its masters. It is rarely hostile except when duty calls to protect its owners.
It is very active in the field but fairly inactive inside the house. It can be independent and willful. They are constantly alert and often distracted with scents it may catch.
The Black and Tan Coon hound drool and slobber a lot. This is a trait that needs to be embraced because there is no way around it.
Training and Care:
The Black and Tan Coon Hound should be socialized well as early as possible. It also needs consistent and firm leadership from its masters. It can become dominant if its owners are meek and inconsistent. The Black and Tan Coon hound can develop dominance problems and become very difficult to manage, much less train.
It can be rowdy when still immature. Train it with basic obedience commands and immediately modify unwanted behavior so it will mature into a manageable dog.
Although fairly inactive indoors, he is still not suited for apartment life because from time to time he will need to exert his physicality and instincts to hunt. A house with a large yard is the optimal habitat for the Black and Tan Coon hound.
When walking the dog in public places, you should do it with a leash. It may wander away from you and follow any scent they will find interesting.