Outgoing and friendly, the Black and Tan Coonhound likes to be with his family.
Most are laid back in the house, but require moderate daily exercise on leash or in a fenced area. Their instincts may lead them to chase and tree small animals and bark, so training is important. Their short coat requires minimal maintenance.
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 Black and Tan Coonhound is a large breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 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.
It requires minimal maintenance. Frequent currying or brushing is recommended. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Ear problems can be a consideration, as with any pendulous ear type dog. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. However, with weekly ear checks and cleansing of the ear, there is little need to worry. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Black and Tan Coonhounds are sociable hounds who thrive on companionship. A lonely Black and Tan Coonhound will serenade the neighborhood with loud, mournful “music.” They can keep pace with the most active family, but they also can happily hog the sofa for hours on end. Hounds will be hounds: A passing squirrel can arouse a Black and Tan Coonhound's prey drive in no time flat. A strong leash and sturdy fence are a must. As sweet and trainable as they are, Black and Tan Coonhounds might be too much hound for the lifestyle of every owner.
Black and Tan Coonhound &HEALTH
While the Black and Tan Coonhound is not prone to the average canine disorders, some degree of hip dysplasia has been recorded. But like all breeds there may be some health issues such as cataracts and some thyroid issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Black and Tan Coonhounds are generally a healthy breed.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Black and Tan Coonhound can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies. The American Black and Tan Coonhound Club (AB&TCC) has its own Canine Health Committee. Many members have their breeding stock tested.