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AKC Meet the Breeds: American English Coonhound

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

Renowned for his speed and endurance, the American English Coonhound has the strength, grace, and attitude of a well-conditioned athlete. Capable of hunting fox and raccoon all night long, he has an effortless trot that shows off this endurance. The breed's hard, protective coat is of medium length and can be red and white ticked, blue and white ticked, tri-colored with ticking, red and white, and white and black.

A Look Back

The American English Coonhound evolved when descendants of English Foxhounds, which were known in the New World as Virginia Hounds, were bred to adapt to rougher terrain. Originally these hounds were used to hunt fox by day and raccoons by night, and were named the English Fox and Coonhound. Today's American English Coonhound is a wide-ranging hunter that possesses tremendous speed and excellent voice.

Right Breed for You?

An avid hunter and athlete, the American English Coonhound needs regular exercise and activity to stay in peak shape, although the short coat requires minimal upkeep. The breed is pleasant, alert, confident, and sociable with both humans and dogs, possessing a kind, "houndy" expression.

  • Hound Group; AKC recognized in 2011.
  • Ranging in size from 23 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Raccoon and fox hunter.

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