Meet the breed: American English Coonhound

Apr 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. ET
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Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We're here to help you meet the breed that's right for you. If you're looking for a hunter and a natural athlete to add to your family, find out everything you need to know about the American English Coonhound.


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Evolved as a descendant of the English Foxhound, the American English Coonhound is a natural-born hunter. Loving barking and hunting rocky and natural terrain, this breed is a loud athlete. A pleasant and nice pup, he's sociable to both humans and animals.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Hound
  • UKC group: Scenthound
  • Average lifespan: 11 - 12 years
  • Average size: 40 - 75 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Rough, hard, short- to medium-length
  • Coloration: Red, black, blue, yellow and tricolored with ticking
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Strong build; graceful and fast-running athlete; muscular chest, back, hips, thighs and neck; Straight and strong hind legs with sloping shoulders; overall square shape; deep padded paws and medium-length, high tail; large, open nostrils; deep brown eyes and scissor-bite teeth
  • Possible alterations: Long, soft ears can be stretched to nose; may be post-legged

Is this breed right for you?

Perfect for an athlete, this dog will keep you company on long runs. Loving other people, he would be a good fit in a family or an active single person's best friend to tag along on car rides. Best for people who live on lots of land, this dog might disturb neighbors with his loud howling and barking.

breed characteristics

A dream day in the life of an American English Coonhound

A real-life alarm system, this breed will wake you up in the morning. After sharing breakfast, he's ready to go on a daily run with his owner. Stopping to sniff out possible raccoons, he may even chat with anyone you meet as you run your usual route. Coming home for a nap, he'll engage in after-school play as soon as the kiddos arrive. Tuckered out at the end of a busy day of exercise and play, he'll lounge around and drool while listening for possible visitors to greet with a bark.

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