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American English Coonhound Breed Summary

Friendly, Intelligent, Happy, Calm and Energetic

These dogs are 'all American' in nature. During the 17th and 18th centuries, immigrants brought ancestors of the bloodline to America which were named the Virginia Coonhound. It's thought that the breed we see nowadays is also the descendant of an English Foxhound. George Washington, the first president of the United States, was an early breeder of this dog due to the fact they have excellent hunting abilities. The Virginia Coonhound and Bloodhounds were crossbred as the Virginia Coonhound originally had difficulty tracking down game and Bloodhounds were well known for their excellent noses. This crossbreeding resulted in the creation of the American English Coonhound that we see today. They became acknowledged by the American Kennel Club in 1905 but did't get recognition until 1995!

Lifespan 11 - 12 years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 58.5cm - 66cm
Weight Males and Females 20kg - 30kg
Coat Short, hard, protective coat
Colour Black, Brown, Red, Cream, White or Brindle
Eye colour Brown
Common health issues Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Ear Infections, Progressive Retinal Atrophy/PRA, Cataracts, Bloat/Gastric Torsion
Other Names English Coonhound, Redtick Coonhound

These dogs are well-known for their friendly and social manner. They absolutely love 'hoomans' and get on very well with other animals and children. They also get on well with strangers, which means they don't make the best watch dogs! These guys have a very loud bark that they like to use a lot whilst outside. However, they normally remain relatively calm and reserved indoors. Their high intelligence means that they are relatively easy to train, but if they pick up an interesting scent, don't expect them to respond to commands! With the correct amount of socialisation and training, the American English Coonhound does make a lovely family pet.

The American English Coonhound is a true American dog, having sprung from the English Foxhound.  Early immigrants in the 17th and 18th centuries brought the ancestor of this bloodline to the American south, aptly named the Virginia Coonhound.  First President of the United States, George Washington, was one of the early breeders of these dogs, which were excellent hunters in their own right but were faced with obstacles unique to the Americas. Game in the American south utilised the trees, which prevented the Virginia Coonhound from tracking once the animal took to the trees.  Noting this difficulty, early breeders selected the Bloodhound, whose nose is considered the most powerful of all canines, for crossbreeding.  The resulting hound was the American English Coonhound, a high-endurance, sleek-bodied hound with a cold nose capable of tracking game in trees across rough terrain. 

The American English Coonhound once covered other similar looking breeds, such as the Bluetick Coonhound and the Redbone Coonhound but all three coonhounds have since been distinguished as their separate breeds.  The American English Coonhound was first acknowledged by the United Kennel Club in 1905 as the Coonhound and English Foxhound.