Monday, July 4, 2011
AMERICAN ENGLISH COONHOUNDS
Anyway, the American English Coonhound was developed by early American settlers who wanted sort of an all-purpose hunting hound. So they took the English Foxhound, which was called the Virginia Hound in America, and they added in some Irish and French breeds, plus a little bloodhound. And the result was a hound that could hunt foxes by day or raccoons by night, over really rough terrain. Also, the coonhounds could track prey when it went up in trees, which coons often do.
Besides doing actual hunting, the American English also competes in hunting trials and in conformation. They have strong, muscular bodies with deep chests. The males are 24"-26" at the withers, and the females are 23"-25". The hounds' short coats can be lots of different colors, including red-and-white ticked, blue-and-white ticked, tri-colored with ticking, white-and-black, or red-and-white.
The fact that there is so much variety in the colors of the American English Coonhounds means they have a big gene pool, which is a good thing. The only genetic health problem they might have is hip dysplasia.
So that's today's blog entry about an all-American dog breed. And now I will say, "Happy Fourth!" And I hope your dogs don't get too scared when all the horrible, noisy fireworks are going off!