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​Getting To Know You - American English Coonhound

Posted by Christina Potter on

Graceful, fast, athletic, active, agile and sweet, these are just some of the adjectives used to describe the American English Coonhound.Just like its ancestor, the English Foxhound, this hunting breed has a loud voice when in the field.Unfortunately, it does not limit its ear piercing barking and baying to the field.So, if you’re the type of person that cherishes peace and quiet above all else, then this is probably a poor breed choice for you.On the other hand, if you’re a social butterfly and living with a vociferous dog does not deter you, then this confident and friendly breed may be a welcome addition to your family.These dogs make loyal family members and are always eager to please their owners.They are normally good with children and, thanks to their strong pack mentality, get along well with other dogs.American English Foxhounds are scent hounds that were originally used to hunt fox during the day and raccoons at night.They have high endurance and can even track game in trees, making it next to impossible for the neighborhood squirrels to hide out in the oak tree in your front yard.They require regular exercise and a lot of it - to the tune of ninety minutes a day, every day.They have a very well developed prey drive, thus off leash exercise can be challenging.They are well suited for active families who enjoy the great outdoors. They are obedient, but do require consistent training and lots of patience.Due to their high prey drive they are easily distracted and may not do well in households with small pets.They make great jogging partners and are always up for a good game of fetch.Make sure that you are prepared for the high exercise demands of this exuberant breed, before bringing that adorable puppy home.A bored American English Coonhound can easily become anxious, frustrated and depressed.

Males stand between 24 to 26”, while females are around 23 to 25”.Their weight varies from 40 up to 75 pounds, so they may not be a wise choice for living in a studio apartment in the city. Their hard coat is medium length and, comes in various colors and color combinations; black, black and tan, blue, brown, red, red and white, tri-colored and, white and tan.All of these may be ticked; that is, they may have flecks or spots of color in white areas.Though the American English Coonhound is a healthy breed, they can suffer from polyradiculoneuritis (paralysis due to acute inflammation of the nerves), hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and ear infections.With an average life span of approximately 12 years, they are relatively long lived for a large breed.

Despite their size and loud voice, if you’re looking for a dog to protect your household from intruders, keep looking.While the American English Coonhound is a good watchdog and will alert you to strangers, this loving breed is not a good guard dog as it will quickly make friends with almost everyone it meets.However, if you’re a hunting enthusiast and fancy a dog that enjoys the sport as much you do, look no further.This energetic dog will enthusiastically perform all that is required of a delightful hunting companion.

If you enjoy Christina's writing, check her books out! She is the author of “Chester Gigolo: Diary of a Dog Star” and "Insider Training: Chester Gigolo’s Dog Training Secrets Revealed” for which she won the 2016 DWAA Captain Haggerty award for Best Training Book and the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Award (Animals & Pets). She is also a contributing author to “Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors”. She has written multiple articles which have appeared in various international publications.