Black and Tan Coonhound
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a scent hound primarily used for tracking raccoon. It is one of six recognized varieties of Coonhound. It is a somewhat rare breed that is not only great at tracking but also hunting various animals as well as agility.
The Black and Tan Coonhound has markings similar to the Rottweiler and the Doberman Pinscher, but exhibits several distinguishing differences from these breeds. The Black and Tan, unlike its look-alikes has a long tail and long ears. Its eyes are generally hazel or brown. Its bark is also very distinct; the bark of the Black and Tan varies from one dog to another, and each has a very distinct sound which is easy for the owner to recognize. The Black and Tan Coonhound stands 23 to 27 inches tall and weighs between 65 and 130 pounds.
The Black and Tan Coonhound is happiest when it is working, but is a very gentle and adaptable breed. Its sense of smell can often distract the dog, therefore the dog should be patiently trained and kept leashed when outside. The Black and Tan Coonhound needs plenty of exercise or a job to do so that it does not become bored, depressed or destructive. Like most dogs, socialization is necessary for the breed to be comfortable around other people and animals.