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Life span

12 Years


27 Kg


Hound Dogs

Coonhound Overview

The Coonhound is a cross between the Bloodhound and the Virginia Foxhound. Originating from the United States, the Coonhound was bred primarily to hunt for coons.

The Coonhound is adaptable to most situations that are faced with and have a gentle and easygoing temperament. Loving by nature, the Coonhound loves being close to their family. This dog breed is very trusting and eager to please. You can't help but love a Coonhound as they're simply adorable.

A female Coonhound weighs between 25-32kg and measures 58-64cm in height. The male Coonhound weighs 30-34kg and measures 64-69cm in height.

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Coonhound Characteristics

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Size InformationExercise Needs
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Size InformationChild Friendly
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Size InformationShedding
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Size InformationGrooming Needs
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History & Origin

The Coonhound can be traced back to America and were bred to hunt racoons. They were first recognised by the UK Kennel Club in September 2018. 

Coonhound Temperament

The Coonhound has a very gentle nature and loves being in a home environment. They're reliable, loyal and well-balanced dogs making them very suitable for a family. The coonhound is intelligent, happy and sensitive and loves to be loved. 

Early socialisation is important for the coonhound so they can grow into a well-balanced and well-behaved dog. Because of their sensitive nature they don't respond well to harsh tones or shouting for misbehaviour. They do require an owner to be gentle but yet firm when training and giving commands. 

Coonhound Training

The Coonhound is very intelligent and therefore relatively easy to train. As they are highly skilled scent hounds, their training mist start very early in their lives. They respond well to consistent and positive reinforcement training. 


The Coonhound has a short, tight and naturally glossy coat and is relatively low maintenance when it comes to grooming. Twice a week they will need their coat to be brushed to remove any dead hair. They do require regular cleaning of their ears and regular checks of their paws for any unknown injuries.

As with all dog breeds, they also require regular brushing of their teeth to prevent any dental problems. 


Like so many other dog breeds, the Coonhound is predisposed to a few health issues, however, they're not necessarily predisposed to all the listed health issues and providing a healthy diet and regular exercise along with regular check-ups at the vets can help provide them with a healthy lifestyle and keep them well-balanced. 

  • Thyroid issues
  • Cataracts
  • Heart problems
  • Hup dysplasia
  • Patella luxation 
  • Gastric issues


Coonhound Exercise Needs

The coonhound has endless amounts of energy and can happily spend the whole day outside running around. They require a minimum of 60-80 minutes exercise on a daily basis to help keep them fit, healthy and happy. Because of their intellect, they also require plenty of mental stimulation to help keep them mentally fit and well-balanced. 


Children and other pets

The Coonhound is an excellent choice of dog breed for a family. They're very loving, loyal and love to play which makes them an ideal choice for a family with children. Early socialisation is important and playtime should always be supervised. 

The Coonhound also gets on well with other household pets, provided they are socialised correctly from a young age.