Vital Stats:Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
Height: 1 foot, 11 inches to 2 feet, 2 inches tall at the shoulder
Life Span: 10 to 12 years
Once known as the Virginia Hound and adapted to hunt the rough terrain and tricky raccoons of the American colonies, the American English Coonhound is famous for his speed and endurance.
He began as a dual-purpose dog who hunted fox by day and raccoon by night. He eagerly seeks his quarry, singing out as he hunts, a trait that carries over into home life. This hound will bark. On the plus side, he's pleasant toward people and other dogs. If you won't be hunting him, plan to give this swift and competitive dog plenty of daily exercise in other ways to prevent him from becoming frustrated and destructive. He'd make a good companion for a runner.
Males stand 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder; females, 23 to 25 inches. Their weight should be in proportion to height.
Coat Color And Grooming
The hard, medium-length coat can be several different color combinations: Red and white ticked, blue and white ticked, tricolor with ticking, red and white, or black and white.