The sleek coat is an easy keeper, but keep those big ears clean and dry.
An avid hunter and athlete, the American English Coonhound needs regular exercise and activity to stay in peak shape, although the short coat requires minimal upkeep. The breed is pleasant, alert, confident and sociable with both humans and dogs, possessing a kind, "houndy" expression.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The American English Coonhound is a large breed and has a lifespan from 11 to 12 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Brushing occasionally with a soft bristle brush or a hound glove will do the trick. They are moderate shedders. If you hunt with your American English Coonhound be sure to give your dog a once over grooming afterwards to check for minor cuts or scrapes, especially on his foot pads. Their strong nails should be trimmed weekly to avoid getting too long, splitting or cracking. Long hanging hound ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris. These types of long ears tend to hold moisture in a dark place, which creates an ideal environment for bacteria to start frequent ear infections. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Like many hounds, English have a split personality: tenacious, tireless, and stubborn on the trail, but at home these spirited hunters are sweetly amiable companions. Still, the breed’s limitless prey drive and energy, the patience it takes to train them for anything other than coon hunting, and their tendency to bark in a loud, ringing voice make English a bad fit as house pets for novice owners. Without a serious sporting outlet for this breed’s houndy virtues, you’re simply wasting a good dog.
American English Coonhound &HEALTH
Following through with proper early socialization of your American English Coonhound is paramount or your puppy may become possessive over food or toys in your home. The key to a well-adjusted, mentally healthy dog is to bring your puppy to a variety of places and situations and meet a diversity of people to ensure that he’s off to a good start in the world.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own an American English Coonhound can gain the education they need to know what, if any, specific health concerns exist within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.