American English Coonhound

A descendent of the English Foxhound, this hunting dog breed is known for his speed, endurance, and loud voice in the field. The American English Coonhound will bark and bay at home, too, making him a poor choice if you’ve got nearby neighbors. He needs lots of exercise.

See below for complete list of American English Coonhound characteristics!

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Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability

Adapts Well to Apartment Living
1
Good For Novice Owners
2
Sensitivity Level
5
Tolerates Being Alone
2
Tolerates Cold Weather
4
Tolerates Hot Weather
4

All Around Friendliness

Affectionate with Family
5
Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs
5
Dog Friendly
4
Friendly Toward Strangers
5

Health Grooming

Amount Of Shedding
3
Drooling Potential
1
Easy To Groom
5
General Health
4
Potential For Weight Gain
3
Size
3

Trainability

Easy To Train
5
Intelligence
4
Potential For Mouthiness
3
Prey Drive
5
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
5
Wanderlust Potential
5

Exercise Needs

Energy Level
5
Intensity
5
Exercise Needs
5
Potential For Playfulness
5

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

More About This Breed

  • 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.

  • Size

    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.