Coonhound

From Dog

Coonhound are a breed of dog.

Coonhounds history can be traced back to eleventh century England. Coonhounds were originally bred to be used principally for trailing and treeing raccoon. Coonhounds are scent hounds and run their game entirely by smell. Once the quarry has been cornered or treed, the Coonhound changes his tone of voice to notify his master of his success and location. Coonhounds are first and foremost a working dog, a trail and tree hound, capable of withstanding the rigors of weather and difficult terrain over which they are called upon to work. The characteristics and courage of the Coonhound also make them proficient on the hunt for deer, bear, mountain lion and other big game.

Coonhounds are generally even tempered, outgoing and friendly. Despite the tough exterior coonhounds are very sensitive. It is very easy to hurt their feelings. Coonhounds are also very expressive, if you have hurt their feelings they look absolutely miserable. Coonhounds mature slower than most breeds. Coonhounds do not "grow up" until they are approximately 2 years of age.

Disease susceptibility

References