American English Coonhound

Type: Scenthound

Height: Females: 23 - 25 inches; Males: 24 - 26 inches

Weight: 40 - 65 lbs.

Life Span: 11 - 12 years

Litter Size: 6 - 8 puppies

Country of Origin: America

Activity: High

Watch-dog: High. This breed is very alert and barks loudly.

Guard-dog: Medium. Although fearless, they are quite friendly.


Description: The American English Coonhound is a big deep voiced breed that is used primarily for hunting. Their ancestry includes the Bloodhound for a good nose, as well as the New World Virginian Hound and the English Foxhound. This breed likes to bay a lot and will wake any nearby neighbors. They are friendly and active dogs, liking the scent of a trail. Over the years they have been bred to be better and better at hunting. The American English Coonhound descends from French and Irish breeds brought to America. These dogs are fearless in pursuits, loyal to their masters, and easy going. They remain very trainable and eager to please. The American English Coonhound is a medium to large sized dog that comes in colors of ticked red or blue and white, tri-colored, red and white, or black and white. They have hard stiff fur that is about medium length, requiring little maintenance. They get along well with children and other pets, but they do like to bark. Alert and active, the American English Coonhound makes an excellent American or English hunting partner.

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Colors: American English Coonhounds can be ticked red and white or blue and white, tri-colored with ticking, red and white or white and black. Brindle dogs, tri-colored dogs with no ticking or solid colored dogs with less than ten percent ticking are not allowed.

Coat: Hard and medium length.

Temperament: American English Coonhounds can be fearless and loyal. They are easy to train and willing to please. They also get along with most everyone, including children and other pets.

With Children: Yes, gets along fine with children.

With Pets: Yes, they get along well with other pets.

Special Skills: Hunting dog.

Care and Training: The American English Coonhound only needs minimal grooming. A simple brush every week will suffice.

Learning Rate: High. This breed is not too difficult to train.

Special Needs: A secluded area (due to barking), a fenced yard and training.

Living Environment: This breed is used to living in outdoor, rural places. They are more suited for a rural setting, but can survive in a suburban setting. An apartment is not appropriate for this breed. The best owner for this breed would be an active owner living in a rural or suburban area.

Health Issues: High.

History: he American English Coonhound descends from English Foxhounds and New World Virginian Hounds. These dogs descended from French and Irish hounds that came to the southern U.S. They were originally meant for hunting on rougher terrain. Their first name was English Fox and Coonhound, as they hunted fox by day and raccoons by night. Among the English Coonhounds were the Treeing Walker Coonhound and the Bluetick Coonhound. For American standards, these original Coonhounds were inadequate. After the quarry crawled up a tree, the hounds would lose them. This often happened with animals Americans hunted, thus the breed was crossed with the Bloodhound. Until 1945, the Bluetick Coonhound and Treeing Walker Coonhounds were known as American English Coonhounds. Today the American English Coonhound has a good scent and can trail well.

First Registered by the AKC: 2011

AKC Group: Hound Group

Class: hound

Registries: UKC