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Coonhounds are names because they are used to hunt, especially raccoons. The name was derived in the North American in the southern states. Coon hunting is very popular in that area, which makes the use of coonhounds important. For those who do not live in the southern states you may not understand what wonderful dogs the coonhounds can be. They are powerful, hardworking, and affectionate creatures making them one of the best pets you could have. You will find out about their temperament, characteristics, grooming, and general care in the article below.

First the coonhound is a medium to large dog. They are typically 55 to 75 pounds and 23 to 27 inches in height. Their bodies are sleek, but well muscled in the legs as well as shoulders. Their heads are usually a little large for their bodies with a thick long muzzle. They have floppy ears and no tail. Typically they have medium sized paws that are tan in color with the rest of the fur coat being black. They do have a little tan around their muzzle. The coat is short and very dense. This helps keep them cool while they are out working and is easy for you to groom. Grooming is often checking for ticks and other insects, checking to make sure they have not hurt their paws or gums, and once a week making sure to brush the dead and loose hair away. They don’t usually require baths, but if it is necessary it is okay with a mild shampoo. They do need to have their toenails cut every six months.

Despite some jokes and of course stereotypes you will find the coonhound is actually an extremely intelligent dog. They are hard working in coon hunting as well as other jobs. They are dependable, loyal and affectionate. You will also find they are one of the most obedient dogs. They have stamina and a tenacity that makes hunting with them rather fun. They tend to roust the hunted for you to catch. You will also find they do better in a home with older children rather than infants, but they are quite the family dog. They like attention as well as being outgoing and pleasant to be around. Typically they bark as a watchdog or to alert you to an animal. They do not do well with smaller pets because of their instincts. You will find they are reserved with strangers.

Care of these dogs is usually on a medium scale. They need a lot of exercise and interaction so having a small home and backyard is often best. You can leave them to roam the backyard during the day and spend about an hour walking them daily. You will also find that they don’t require leashes as long as you are in the country they will follow you and come when called. Training should be entered into at an early age to give them proper socialization as well as obedience training. They work best with trainers who are firm and consistent. They can take advantage of a meek owner and develop some unpleasant stubbornness. The coonhound does best when they are given tasks especially hunting, tracking, and as a watch dog. They should not be left alone for long periods of time, especially if you do on vacation. They rely on their owners for attention, but can develop emotional problems if ignored.

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