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.
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 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.
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.