The Black and Tan Coonhound is a true working …

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a true working and hunting dog developed by working class settlers to hunt raccoons as well as other quarry. A medium to large sized dog bred for performance purposes the breed has gained a respectful reputation in both the show and fields.
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The B&T Coonhounds development in early America must give credit to the Raccoon. An animal that was a steady source of meat, fur and fat for those that eventually settled in North America. There wasn’t a breed of dog equipped to hunt raccoons, a challenge at the time and the two breeds being utilized imported Foxhounds and Bloodhounds just couldn’t cut it. Over time Frontiersmen crossed European hounds, Bloodhounds and other hound types to produce the B&T.
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The difference with this new hound was they “scent hunted” at night when raccoons where foraging until they’d “tree” their quarry, then barked their location to rifle-toting hunters. To this day, the activity of treeing raccoons with hounds is called a “nite” hunt, with the intentional misspelling meant by the sport’s devotees as a tip of the coonskin cap to the untutored backwoodsmen who developed the B&T and other coonhounds.
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A B&T is no stranger to humans as they have great social skills with people, children and other dogs. Supervision around small animals is a must. Tie that with the occasional wipe down to their coats and few health issues the breed is a hardy dog.Their ears should be checked and cleaned regularly due to the length and potential allergies of today’s dog food.
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Size (22 to 27 inches) and great athletic abilities to jump means a tall, sturdy fence is required to keep them safe. Lastly there’s the “rebel yell.” If you think a B&T may be for you but you’ve never heard a coonhound baying, surf YouTube and search for clips of coonhounds in full tongue. It is a sound that some adore and refer to as “music.” Others just won’t get used to it. If you are one of these or you have close neighbours who wouldn’t appreciate your dog’s “music,” look for another breed. In 1945, the B&T became the first coonhound breed registered by the AKC.
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