English Coonhounds

English Coonhound History

English Coonhounds are also known as the American English Coonhound or the Redtick Coonhound. It is a breed of coonhound that originated in and is typically bred in the Southern United States. The English Coonhound was bred from dogs brought to America from England in colonial times. The settlers continued to breed the dog until they had a hot nosed tracking dog. These dogs are very companionable and highly intelligent and make excellent house pets as well as hunting dogs.

Appearance

English Coonhounds are medium-large dogs that have a coarse multi color coat that may have some ticking. They are stoutly built with a deep chest, and look like they can run for miles, which they can. They have low hung ears that must be cleaned routinely to prevent infection. Overall, they are beautiful and well-built animals.

Health

English Coonhounds live to be between 11 and 12 years old, and they are generally in good health. Like many full breed dogs, they are prone to hip dysplasia, especially in old age. They may also be prone to progressive retinal atrophy, which can lead to blindness as they get older. It is important to see your vet for routine screenings to catch these and any other potential health problems.

Hunting

These dogs were originally bred to hunt raccoons, but they make great trackers for any type of prey. They will run down the scent of prey and corner them or tree them until you can arrive to take the kill. They are very single minded in their pursuit of prey and may get away from you, but they will bark distinctively when they have their prey cornered. If you are looking for a English Coonhound to purchase, you might want to Browse Ads on Buy and Sell Hunting Dogs.

Temperament

The English Coonhound is a very hyperactive dog that needs lots of play and exercise, especially during the off season when it is not hunting. These dogs are highly intelligent, but training needs to start early so that they will follow commands when on the hunt. These dogs are also very friendly and make great family pets.

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