Dog breeds: American English Coonhound Dog

Dog breeds: American English Coonhound Dog

American English Coonhound

The American English Coonhound dog is a medium-sized dog, descendant of the English Foxhound.  It is also known as the English Coonhound or the Redtick Coonhound.  This is a coonhound, therefore, it is very energetic and needs lots of exercise.  


European settlers brought FoxHounds to the United States in the 17th and 18th century. These are the ancestors of the American English Coonhound dog. The breed was once known as the Virginia Hound and it was developed for the rough terrain and for hunting raccoons of the time. Hence, their high speed and endurance. 

Physical characteristics

The coat of this breed comes in three different colors: a “redtick” pattern, there´s tricolor pattern with ticks, and a “bluetick” pattern. Males are 24 to 26 inches tall and females are 23 to 25 inches.  Their weight should be in proportion to their height. 


The American Kennel Club describes this dog as “sweet, mellow, sociable”.  They are nice and playful with kids. Their coonhound nature makes them sociable and good-natured.  

Caring for an American English Coonhound dog

If you are a first dog owner, you should pick another breed. This dog is very active and requires a lot of exercise. These dogs are trained to live in packs, so they will always want to be around their family. Also, they are nesters, so they will spend most of the time inside the house on the couch or the bed.  

If they get to see a raccoon, they become a non-stoppable super hound. They are loud barkers and bay a lot; consider this if you have sensitive neighbors. 


The American English Coonhound has a strong will, which can make him hard to train. He has, however, a need to please their owners, so this could be used to your advantage. Puppies can be very active and destructive, which is why early house-training is recommended. 


In order to keep a healthy and happy English Coonhound, early socialization is very important.  This breed is very popular in the Southern United States, but it can get overheated while hunting there during the summer. 

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