American English Coonhound


A medium sized American English Coonhound
American English Coonhound Quick Summary
Also Known AsRedtick Coonhound
Height (at withers)21-27in (53-69cm)
Weight45-65lbs (20-30kg)
Hair Colour(s)Red, white
Lifespan11-12 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size6-8
Barking TendencyHigh
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityHigh
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftMedium

The American English Coonhound is a medium sized, well-proportioned and athletic dog. The body is muscular with a deep chest, gently sloping topline, straight and not heavy front legs and a long high-set tail. The head is broad with a square shaped muzzle, pink nose, large pendulous ears and wide-set dark brown eyes. The coat is close-fitting and hard, and the colouring tends to be red and white ticked.


American English Coonhounds are confident and good-natured dogs. Pleasant and lively, they make devoted companions and great family pets and are generally gentle but not timid. They do require a fair amount of attention and exercise, and a lack of these can lead to boredom and destructive behaviour on their part. They can also have a tendency to bark, and have a loud voice when they do. Intelligent and always eager to please their owners, they are relatively easy to train and so are suitable for both novice owners and the more experienced. American English Coonhounds get along well with older and more considerate children, and can be good and even affectionate with other household dogs. They have high prey drives though and so may tend to chase smaller pets. As they are protective and have an intimidating bark, they make decent guarddogs and watchdogs too.

History & Skills

American English Coonhounds originate from the Southeastern United States, and are descendants of English Foxhounds. Those dogs proved a little inadequate in hunting American game as they would lose the scent once their prey, such as raccoons, cougars and bears, sought shelter in trees. Treeing dogs were then developed by crossing them with American Foxhounds and other European hunting breeds, including Bloodhounds, which developed their sense of smell. They were first recognised in the US in the early 20th Century as English Fox and Coonhounds before deriving their current name, but the Coonhound part remains because it is shorthand for raccoon hound, their original prey. These days they make great pets and also do very well in agility and conformation trials.

Breed Specific Ailments

American English Coonhounds tend to live between 11-12 years. They are a relatively healthy breed, and about the only health problem that has been noted is hip dysplasia, a not uncommon ailment in many dogs.


American English Coonhounds are medium shedders and so may not be best suited to those with allergies. Their grooming requirements are low, and their short rough coats will simply need occasional brushing, and shampooing only when really necessary.

Exercise & Environment

American English Coonhounds are adaptable dogs but they do tend to live indoors as they are sensitive to cold. They are not best suited to small homes such as apartments as they need plenty of space. They also require plenty of exercise such as a daily walk, and the chance to run or swim will be a bonus. These dogs have high prey drives, however, plus an instinct to hunt, which means they can be prone to chasing and wandering off and so should be kept leashed or in secure places when allowed outdoors.


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