English Coonhound: The Loyal and Friendly Hunting Companion
Originating in the United States, English Coonhounds were originally bred for hunting raccoons. They are a scent hound breed known for their superior tracking skills. This breed has been used by hunters to track game as early as the 1700s. Despite being named “English,” it is an entirely American breed.
The English Coonhound is a large dog that stands at around 22-27 inches tall at the shoulder and can weigh anywhere between 40-75 pounds depending on sex, age, and diet. The coat of this breed is short, dense, and glossy with various colors including black/tan/white tricolor or red/white ticked coat patterns that give them distinctive looks. Their eyes range from brown to hazel in color.
This breed’s temperament includes loyalty, friendliness, protectiveness towards their family members along with strong hunting instincts because they were initially bred for hunting purposes; however English Coonhounds tend not to be aggressive but rather quite gentle when raised well and trained properly from puppyhood onwards.
They are good with children if socialized correctly from an early age; these dogs make excellent playmates for kids who like spending time outdoors exploring nature because they enjoy being active themselves.
Like all other breeds of dogs, English Coonhounds may face some health issues such as hip dysplasia (a condition which affects mobility), ear infections due to long droopy ears that block air circulation leading bacterial growth or obesity leading heart diseases etc., But generally speaking they have few common health problems compared to other breeds.
On average these dogs live up between ten-twelve years depending on how well taken care off you kept them throughout life span.
Being primarily working/hunting dogs means English coonhounds need plenty of physical activity combined with mental stimulation to be content and healthy. They need to have regular long walks, running in open fields or parks where they can roam around freely off the leash (if allowed), or fetch games – hunting nose work can also keep them entertained for hours at a time.
English Coonhounds are easygoing dogs when it comes to grooming, with weekly brushing being enough for short fur- coat maintenance. Baths should only be given as needed since over bathing may dry out their skin and strip natural oils that keep their coats shiny.
Ears of this breed require special attention because they tend to accumulate dirt or wax build-up quickly due to length, so cleaning is necessary every week; nails need trimming often too as big active breeds like these tend not naturally wear down their nails on hard surfaces.
This breed’s training needs vary depending on how the dog will live its life. If you plan on having your English Coonhound primarily indoors then obedience training should begin from puppyhood onwards including commands such as sit/stand/wait etc., It is important also that these dogs get socialized with humans along with other pets well so they won’t display aggression towards other animals later in life.
English Coonhounds do make good family pets if trained correctly; but some precautions must take into consideration before making a decision about adding one of these dogs into your household. Their hunting instincts may lead them to chase after small cats/dogs or other animals. Thus most experts recommend supervising interactions between English coonhounds & any new household members.
The English Coonhound breed can become quite vocal when bored or excited – especially males tend toward singing/hollering loudly outside the house during certain times of year in response tp scents/smells, For example, seasons known for outdoor activities such as camping/biking/fishing etc.. While charming at first glance it may become annoying to your neighbors if they share living spaces nearby.
English Coonhounds have appeared in various movies, TV shows & other media from the late 20th century. One notable example was “Old Dan” who was a part of ‘Where The Red Fern Grows’ book adaptation where he went on epic hunting journeys with his owner; this character became quite popular among people worldwide after being featured prominently in the film.
In conclusion, English Coonhound is an excellent breed for those looking for loyal companions that enjoy outdoor activities like hiking or camping. These dogs need lots of exercise and mental stimulation but are easygoing when it comes to grooming requirements. With proper socialization and training during their early years, these dogs make great family pets; just make sure you can handle all that loud vocalizing!