The American English Coonhound is an extremely fast, intelligent, hot-trailing competitive type coonhound. Once known as the Virginia Hound, the American English Coonhound was originally bred to track and tree raccoons, as well as hunting foxes, living within the rough terrain of the American colonies. Capable of effortlessly trotting all day or all night during a hunt, he became a dog worth breeding for his speed, endurance, and excellent voice. Being loving and eager to please his owner, plus his great senses, makes the American English Coonhound’s an excellent hunter. The breed is pleasant, alert, confident and sociable with both humans and dogs.
The breed’s hard, protective coat is of medium length and requires very little in the way of grooming. Color can be red and white ticked, blue and white ticked, tri-colored with ticking, red and white, or white and black.
The American English Coonhound does well living indoors and makes a fine guardian of his family and home. However, this breed needs plenty of room to burn off excess energy, so being confined to small quarters is not ideal. When having very little to do and no space to do it in, this breed may resort to destructive behaviors in an attempt to occupy his intelligent mind and active body.
The American English Coonhound naturally develops the strength, grace and attitude of a well-conditioned athlete. Originally bred to hunt day and night, there is plenty of endurance and energy here. The American English Coonhound needs a high level of regular activity to stay in peak shape. This makes him an excellent companion for a runner. As with most of the dogs in the hound group, unless very well trained, do not let these dogs off-leash in an unfenced area, as they may take off after an interesting scent, assuming you will follow.
The American English Coonhound is generally pleasant toward people and other dogs. Because of their size and high level of energy, they are usually best with older considerate children, but can also do well with younger ones while under adult supervision. Very devoted to its family, this coonhound makes a good family guardian and companion dog.
The American English Coonhound is quite vocal. He eagerly seeks his quarry, singing out as he hunts, a trait that carries over into home life. Listen to the videos below to hear this amazing voice!
If you won’t be hunting with your dog, plan in other ways to give this swift and competitive dog plenty of daily exercise to prevent behavior issues caused by his becoming pent up and frustrated. Start socialization early. Introduce your dog to many people and other friendly dogs. Without proper socialization, plus good human to canine leadership and training, any dog can become dog aggressive, reserved with strangers, and/or develop destructive tendencies. Your dog needs an owner that is positive, firm, confident, and consistent, and educated in dog behavior and training.
This breed has a very strong instinct to hunt, and so may go after small animals that you own. Ideally you’d want to raise them together and teach the boundaries of acceptable behavior from the beginning. With good, positive-oriented training, an intelligent dog can learn to control himself. However, regardless of training, I wouldn’t leave the bunny out of his cage with the dog, unless you are there to supervise!
Also called: English Coonhound, Redtick Coonhound
Video below is of an American English Coonhound running up a tree!
Video below shows a sweet English Coonhound sharing his beautiful voice.
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