Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound.
Black and Tan Coonhound. Photography ©aMikeK | iStock / Getty Images Plus.

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 40 – 80 pounds
  • Height: 23 – 27 inches

The Look of a Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhounds have large, sturdy, well-formed frames covered in short but dense coats that usually have—you guessed it—black and tan markings. Their clean-cut heads have dark eyes and low-hanging ears. Their muscular necks and backs lead to a thick tail that curls up. Overall, Black and Tan Coonhounds look handsome, strong and durable.


  • Vigorous
  • Tough
  • Alert
  • Loyal
  • Hardworking

Ideal Human Companion

  • Outdoorsy types
  • Families with older children
  • Active singles

What They Are Like to Live With

Black and Tan Coonhounds have been sniffing trails and scouting American territories since the days of George Washington. Around the home they are easygoing and friendly, but they require a big dose of fresh air and exercise before they hop on the couch for a cuddle. Because they are naturally protective, Black and Tans may be slightly reserved with strangers. They are intelligent, trainable and eternally grateful when they have a job to do.

Things You Should Know

A working dog by nature, the Black and Tan Coonhound needs patient training, attention and room to run. Therefore, it might not be completely happy in an apartment. Take it for long, daily walks, and remember to keep it on a leash. If you can provide the Black and Tan with some time to tear through an open field—in a protected area, of course—by all means do.

Black and Tan 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 fairly easy to groom. Give them an occasional brushing, and check their ears regularly.

Black and Tan Coonhound History

Developed hundreds of years ago from the Bloodhound and the Talbot Hound, Black and Tan Coonhounds were cherished by American rangers and scouts in the late 1700s. Prized for their amazing nose, determination and steady personality, Black and Tan Coonhounds have really made a name for themselves as a great American canine.

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