Black and Tan Coonhound


The appropriately named Black and Tan Coonhound has a short coat comprised of the colors black and tan. Covering 98% of the body, black is the primary color. Some of the muzzle, toes, and underside are tan. The breed is also well known for its impressive stature. It has a broad chest that extends to its elbows. The torso is straight and sturdy. The neck is surprisingly medium in length slightly angled. The eyes are somewhat obscure as they are almost as dark as the muzzle and set back into the head. The ears are positioned low on the head and gently folded.


Hound dogs are known for their scenting abilities. The Black and Tan Coonhound is also known for its social skills. It is a family dog as much as it is a hunting companion. It will follow training lessons quickly. It is recommended that it receive training early to refine its social skills for the home setting. Small game, such as raccoons are what it is accustomed to hunting. If there are such animals in its environment it may seek to hunt them. Some types have scented without regard for possible dangers and have been involved in accidents. It should not be left unsupervised if such dangers are in close proximity of its home.

Height and Weight

Male height: 23-27 inchesMale weight: 60-90 pounds Female height:23-25 inchesFemale weight: 60-90

Health Problems

There are no major genetic diseases associated with the Black and Tan Coohound. Due to its size it may develop hip dysplasia. Some types may develop Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).

Ideal Living Conditions

Dogs in the Hound group are naturally scenting animals. The Black and Tan Coonhound will become easily distracted when it comes across an interesting scent. It is imperative that they are placed in an environment that prevents them from accidentally causing harm to themselves. If kept in a yard, a well-built fence is necessary.


Inactivity is unheard of with the Black and Tan Coonhound. It spends most of its day being active. If it is kept indoors it will require some time outdoors to obtain the exercise it needs. The breed can stand vigorous physical exercise, such as brisk walking and high-powered runs.

Life Expectancy

Average of 10-12 years life expectancy

Litter Size

Average of 7-8 puppies


Very little maintenance is required to keep the Black and Tan Coonhound coat healthy. Occasional brushing is sufficient to keep the coat smooth. As a dog with long ears it is susceptible to develop ear infections. The risk of infection is decreased by keeping the ears clean and free of debris that may become trapped.


The Southern states of the United States are well-known for hunting.




By virtue of its name, the Black and Tan Coonhound is black and tan. Covering most of the body, black is the dominant color. The chest, legs, and part of the muzzle are tan.