The English Coonhound is a breed of coonhound that originated in the Southern United States. It descends from foxhounds brought over by settlers during the 17th and 18th centuries, along with other breeds. The breed was recognized as the English Fox and Coonhound in 1905, renamed to just English Coonhound in 1966.

The American Foxhound’s heritage can be traced back to foxhounds brought to the United States by European settlers in the 17th and 18th centuries. It shares a common ancestry with all other coonhounds, except for the Plott Hound. The breed was specifically bred over time to better adapt to these new conditions.

The foxhound was bred in England in the 17th century to hunt raccoons by day and foxes by night at a time when hunting by day with hounds was illegal. It is seen as an “American” dog because it was imported to the US, where it earned its name.

Physical Appearance

The English Coonhound is of medium height and weight, with a coat that comes in three colors: red, blue, and tricolor tick pattern.  The English Coonhound dog breed is predominately red with some variations. The most common coloration for this breed is red, which refers to the pattern of ticking. However, there are other variations such as bluetick and tricolored or tricolored with ticking. The breed has a high prey drive and is typically used for “coon hunting” but also has treeing skills. Overall, this breed is generally healthy. The American Kennel Club describes the average male Coonhound at 22–27 inches (56–69 cm) at the withers, with females being slightly smaller at 21–25 inches (53–64 cm). The weight of a Coonhound should be in proportion to the dog’s height. The American English Coonhound has an average lifespan of 11 to 12 years. A specific type of hound was developed to hunt raccoons. These dogs have long, floppy ears and droopy lips.

A coon displaying its physical appearance

Caring and Training

The English coonhound is a breed of dog that originated in the United Kingdom. They are highly energetic and will run after their prey until they catch it. English Coonhounds require regular exercise to keep in prime condition but are not usually recommended for households with small pets. If your American English Coonhound doesn’t get enough exercise, it can become bored, depressed, frustrated, anxious, or hyperactive and the result will make these dogs become destructive. These dogs are a large breed that requires a lot of exercise and attention. The dog needs a healthy, balanced diet to help support its active lifestyle. Its coat must be brushed weekly to keep the dog’s body sleek and shiny. Trimming the nails should be done on a regular basis, as well as bathing and cleaning. Socialization and training should start in puppies in order to learn certain behaviors. This should be important for the rest of their lives.

English coon dog ready for Training

Behavior

These dogs are very affectionate and intelligent, as well as being excellent hunters. The English Coonhound has been bred to have a pleasant personality that will allow it to live with other dogs. They can also be watchdogs, as their vocalizations are loud and distinctive. The American English Coonhound is a curious breed that will sniff and eat items left out on the counter. This especially applies to chewing gum, bones, and other non-food items. The American English Coonhound also will bark at loud noises, such as those from firecrackers or thunder. The dog is generally a friendly dog and does well around children of all ages. They do best in homes where they are the only pet and get plenty of attention from their owners.

Health challenges

Due to their large size and deep chest, the American English Coonhound breed is susceptible to bloat which can be a life-threatening illness. Other health issues often seen in this breed include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, ear infections, and eye disorders. Their ears should also be checked regularly for signs of infection.

An English coon with health issue

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