The Black and Tan Coonhound is a persistent, determined, honest hunter who will stay on track no matter the terrain or conditions. His name developed from his color and purpose – his coat is coal black with tan markings, and he is used to trail and tree raccoon. They have an even temperament; very outgoing and friendly. As a working scent hound, they should be able to work closely with other hounds. Some may be reserved but never shy or vicious.
The Black and Tan Coonhound originates from the southeastern-area of the United States, in the Ozark, Blue Ridge, Appalachian and Smokey Mountains. It was developed from the Virginia Foxhound, bred for its color and superb sense of smell. By crossing foxhounds and bloodhounds, breeders aimed to create a dog that would be able to track raccoons and possum as well as deer, bears, mountain lions and other big game. The Black and Tan Coonhound was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1945, and is also accepted as one of the Foundation Stock Service dogs.