- Height: 21-27″
- Weight: 40-65 pounds
- Historical function: Hunting
- Modern function: Hunting, family companions
- AKC classification: Hound
Physical Characteristics: The American English Coonhound has a short coat that is hard to the touch. The coloration can be redtick, bluetick, tricolored and tricolored with ticking. The eyes are typically brown or hazel.
History of Breed:
The American English Coondog has the same history of all coondogs, meaning that their ancestors can all be traced back to the English Foxhound. The English Coonhound was bred to adapt to the rougher American climate and terrain, however. The term coonhound became more prominent as fox hunting became less prominent in this country, and dogs that would chase prey, such as raccoons, into the trees and hold them there for the hunters developed into what is known as the Coonhound.
The American English Coondog is an active, athletic hunting dog that is best suited to life with acreage. They do behave indoors well and like to be with their people, but their good behavior is dependent on having the ability to run off some of that energy. They are loving and eager to please their owners. Their great senses make them excellent hunters. This breed is an extremely fast, hot-trailing competitive type coonhound. Very devoted to its family, it makes a good companion dog and home guardian. They are usually best with older considerate children, but can also do well with younger ones when properly socialized to each other.
- Best suited for: Homes with acreage, hunters, active lifestyles.
- Preferred living conditions: Homes with acreage for running and treeing game, where their loud baying will not be annoying to neighbors.
Care and Health:
- Grooming requirements: average shedding, but the short coat is easy to care for with occasional brushing and rare bathing.
- Exercise needs: This breed needs daily extensive exercise. Do not take off leash unless in a safe area as they will chase a scent.
- Life expectancy: 11-12 years
- Health concerns: American English Coonhounds can be prone to overheating while on coon hunts during the summer months in the Southern United States.
Breed Club Links: Parent breed clubs are being formed in order to move all the coonhound breeds quickly out of Foundation Stock Service registration and into full recognition in AKC.
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