American English Coonhound |Facts|Feature|History|

American English Coonhound |Facts|Feature|History|

A descendant of the English Foxhound, the American English Coonhound is known for his speed and endurance. This athletic hound, which is capable of hunting raccoon and fox all night long, needs regular exercise to stay in condition. The American English Coonhound is sociable with humans and other dogs. The breed’s hard, protective coat needs little grooming.
The American English Coonhound is a true American dog, having sprung from the English Foxhound.  Early immigrants in the 17th and 18th centuries brought the ancestor of this bloodline to the American south, aptly named the Virginia Coonhound.  First President of the United States, George Washington, was one of the early breeders of these dogs, which were excellent hunters in their own right but were faced with obstacles unique to the Americas. Game in the American south utilized the trees, which prevented the Virginia Coonhound from tracking once the animal took to the trees.  Noting this difficulty, early breeders selected the Bloodhound, whose nose is considered the most powerful of all canines, for crossbreeding.  The resulting hound was the American English Coonhound, a high-endurance, sleek-bodied hound with cold nose tracking capable of tracking game in trees across rough terrain. The American English Coonhound once covered other similar looking breeds, such as the Bluetick Coonhound and the Redbone Coonhound but all three coonhounds have since been distinguished as their separate breeds.  The American English Coonhound was first acknowledged by the United Kennel Club in 1905 as the Coonhound and English Foxhound. Despite a long history in the United States, the American English Coonhound did not gain American Kennel Club recognition until 1995 when the Foundation Stock Service of the AKC recognized the breed as the American English Coonhound.  However, not until 2011 did the AKC recognize the breed in its own right.  The American English Coonhound started competing in the hound group in 2012 as the AKC's 171st breed.
The American English Coonhound is well known for its speed and endurance.  The breed has a deep chest, strong back, and well-defined muscles, giving it a graceful, athletic appearance.  The breed's head is of moderate size with kind, expressive eyes and long floppy ears that sit low on the skull.  When extended forward, the tip of the ears touches the tip of the nose.  The muzzle is square-shaped and proportionate to the head.  In fact, there is no disproportionate feature on the American English Coonhound whose well-balanced body is made for speed. The forelegs are angular and strong, and support uninhibited movement.  The hind legs are powerful and straight with well-defined thighs.  The American English comes in several color combinations including red and white ticked, blue and white ticked, tri-color with ticking, red and white, and white and black.  Ticking is a hallmark aesthetic feature of the breed whose coat is hard and protective and of medium length.
The American English Coonhound is a wonderfully social, mellow dog; especially after his daily run.  The breed is particularly disposed for the pack mentality and does very well with other dogs and children, though small dogs and cats may be mistaken for prey.  This breed does extremely well with strangers and would not make a very good guard dog as he's more likely to follow a stranger around than bark at him. American English Coonhounds are known as the some of the biggest barkers and howlers among the canines and will intensely bay and howl.  However, they tend to be quiet and calm indoors.  This breed is highly trainable but tends to be prey driven.  Once the scent is picked up, you may have a difficult time breaking your American English Coonhound's one track mind. Extra training and socialization are required to produce an obedient and mellow American English Coonhound, but with care and attention, this breed is among the sweetest for an active, outdoor family

American English Coonhound |Facts|Feature|History| American English Coonhound |Facts|Feature|History| Reviewed by Lory Chiao on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Rating: 5

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