The Black and Tan Coonhound is an older American breed of dog, descended from a crossing of Bloodhound and Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound. Bred to trail and tree raccoon, they are friendly family dogs who love to be with their people and are calm in the house. They need moderate daily exercise, and may need to be trained against their instinct to tree and bark upon seeing smaller animals. Their short coats are low-maintenance.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.