The robust Black and Tan Coonhound descends from the Virginia Hounds, which were based in the extinct Talbot Hound, a dog similar to the Bloodhound. This American breed, colored of course in black and tan, is an expert tracker and treer of raccoons, possum and other forest dwellers. These dogs are active at night, when they work their nocturnal quarry. A sizable dog, standing 23-27 inches at the shoulder, weight is varied. The ideal coonhound is neither leggy nor low to the ground. The coast is sleek and dense; than points should be rich and clearly defined. While these dogs are primarily hunters’ companions, they can do well as pets, showing great affection fro children and tolerance of their juvenile antics. Over all, they are well behaved and good natured.