English Coonhound Dogs

In spite of its powerful hunting instincts, the English Coonhound manages to be relatively gentle and relaxed in the home. English Coonhounds are very patient and playful with children, and they can be quite friendly with new people. However, they can also be alert and watchful. They will do a solid job of protecting the home and family. With the right amount of training and socialization, the English Coonhound can be a well-behaved, sociable and lifelong pal.

English Coonhound

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Quick Facts

  • 40 - 65 pounds
  • 21 - 27 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Active singles
    • Experienced dog handlers
    • Outdoorsy types
    • Families with older children

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Trademark Traits

    • Robust
    • Friendly
    • Resilient
    • Trainable
    • Clever

Things You Should Know

English Coonhounds can live as long as 12 years. Generally healthy, some may develop common coonhound issues like hip dysplasia, eye problems and hypothyroidism. They are relatively easy to groom. Brush them occasionally, and check their ears weekly for signs of infection.

English Coonhound History

Developed in the southeastern U.S as a tougher and sturdier version of the English Foxhound, the English Coonhound (also known as the Redtick Coonhound) was bred to hunt foxes during the day and raccoons at night. Today, English Coonhounds are still involved in outdoor endeavors, but they also enjoy the comforts of home.

The Look of a English Coonhound

English Coonhounds have lean, muscular, medium-sized frames covered in short, hard coats that are usually red & white ticked, blue & white ticked and tri-colored with ticking. They can also be found in red & white and black & white. Their broad, slightly rounded heads have square muzzles and thin, low-hanging ears. They have muscular necks and bodies with long, tapered tails that are carried high. Overall, the English Coonhound looks alert, athletic and tough.

Talk About English Coonhounds 

A great hunter and family dog

I am about to lose my sweet girl. She's had a battle with bladder cancer. We adopted her almost 11 years ago when her original owner was running his dogs and neglected to pick up 3 of them. She hung around and we brought her into our pack. I have never had such a gentle, loving soul and although there have been times when I have been ticked off at her,I am going to miss her very, very much. In my opinion this is a great breed for a family dog as well as a hunter. She has been a joy to live with.

~Lorrie M., owner of an English Coon Hound

About to lose my lovable giant

I am also about to lose my sweet blue-tick to congestive heart failure and cancer. He is about 10 and was found lost in the woods and never claimed. He is also a lovable giant who has let my 2-year-old sit on his back and play horsey.

Like most coonhounds, my dog is very stubborn, and on occasion has selective hearing and obedience issues. On more than one occasion, he has escaped the yard and led me and my husband on a long night walk, only to find him at the base of a tree baying at a raccoon.

This is a wonderful breed for a family who can offer plenty of exercise and make sure the dog knows the human is boss. I will miss my boy, but will not hesitate to get another coonhound.

~Wendy C, owner of an English (blue-tick) Coonhound