The English Coonhound has a short, stiff coat that gives is a sleek body shape. The medium length tail is generally set high up. The dog has an alert, confident carriage that mirrors its tenacious hunting spirit. This breed is very intelligent which some believe comes from the flexibility it is given in terms of acceptable coat colors. Many colorations and patterns are accepted which means that breeders can focus more effort on product English Coonhound puppies with better skill and ability.
Temperament of a English Coonhound:
As expected, the English Coonhound is a highly active and energetic canine. This is a requirement to handle the type of work this dog usually does. The breed is also very intelligent and eager to please. Their heightened senses make them great trackers. Well-cared for and trained English Coonhound puppies will grow into devoted, loyal companions. This dog is not recommended for households with small children or children who tend to play rough with animals. Older children are alright, as long as they are taught proper etiquette when it comes to canine interactions. This breed also requires an owner with strong leadership skills and the ability to take on an air of authority. Significant socialization should be provided at a young age.
Height & Weight:
The average male English Coonhound stands between 22 and 27 inches (56 to 69 cm) while females come to between 21 and 25 inches (53 and 64 cm). Weight should be proportionate to the dog’s height.
The English Coonhound is such a tenacious and determined tracker that one of the biggest health concerns is overheating. The breed may become too hot while on the trail during the warm summer months if not closely monitored.
If you are looking into adopting English Coonhound puppies, make sure you measure your living space. This is an active working breed that requires a lot of room to move. Regular exercise is a must as well as mental stimulation to prevent boredom. Apartment dwellers and anyone with limited living space should consider a different breed.
English Coonhound puppies grow into dogs that require significant exercise. This is generally not a problem if the canine is being used for its intended purpose. Otherwise the owner should be ready to give their pet plenty of attention and long, vigorous walks each day.
Life expectancy of a English Coonhound:
The average English Coonhound life expectancy is around 11 to 12 years.
English Coonhounds have a short, hard coat that is very easy to maintain. Owners should have a stiff bristle brush for regular combings. This dog is an average level shedder and should only be bathed when necessary.
Coonhound history can be traced back to the English Foxhound. The English Coonhound was officially registered by the UKC in 1905. The name given at the time was English Fox and Coonhound. They were frequently used for fox hunting during that time. Over time various sub-breeds would branch off, including the Bluetick Coonhound and Treeing Walker Coonhound. Redtick is the most popular variation of English Coonhound today but there are tri-color and bluetick examples as well.
Most sub-groups have branched off to create entirely new recognized breeds, including the Bluetick Coonhound and Treeing Walker Coonhound.
What colors do they come in?
Blue and White Ticked, Red and White Ticked, Red and White, White and Black
Cool traits / characteristics?
The English Coonhound is an excellent treeing and tracking canine.
Good for first time owner? Training?
Most working dogs are not recommended for first time owners, including the English Coonhound. This breed is confident, smart and energetic. It can be a handful for a new owner who is not accustomed to taking the role of dominant pack leader. The breed is also not ideal for young families because of its sometimes intense behavior.