Our story began back in the 17th century. Those pesky British colonists sailed the seas to America and landed in the state of Virginia. They brought with them some long eared hounds (Bloodhound) to guard the settlements. Fast forward one hundred years and the lineage of those Bloodhounds created the Coonhound. Naturally we were faster and more athletic than those lumbering buffoons and we were bred to hunt opossums and raccoons – hence our name! The most important variety developed is the black-and-tan hound.
What do I look like?
Sexy, rugged and stylish. But I suppose you want details, right? We’re powerful and alert with just a trace of Bloodhound. Our head and muzzle are long and broad. Our eyes a steely brown, ears are long and pendulous (damn those Bloodhounds!) Our tail is long and when we’re on the move we hold it up.
What do I need from you?
Just let me at those raccoons – I’ll catch ‘em all! When I’m not out a huntin’ I just like to keep busy. We’re high energy so a good yard or garden would be great. We need stuff to do so leaving us alone all day is probably not going to work for us. We’ll bark – loudly – and we’ll try and get out and maybe destroy everything. The reason we bark so loud is it was our job back in the day to tell our human friends where the raccoons were. We’re just doing our job y’all. We’re pretty sensitive underneath the hard exterior. One more thing – cats look a lot like raccoons to us – and we hate raccoons!
What I will give in return
OK well we love affection and good times so we’re great with a family. Kids are cool – we really dig all those games they play with sticks and balls and stuff. Of course we’re great watch dogs, we’ll be sure to let you know when the bad folk are trying to steal from us. I said we were sensitive? Well you’ll probably see that in our expressions. We can do all sorts of looks, mainly several variations on ‘sad’. So we’re pretty likely to capture your heart and give you a reason to come see us in the morning.
How big will I get?
About 25in (63cm) is our limit, which gives you around 90lb (41kg) of pure canine muscle.
How long should I be around for?
Hopefully at least 10 years, maybe up to 12 or even 13.
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