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American Black & Tan Coonhound

UKC Breed Standard

HISTORY

The Black & Tan is one of many tracking breeds that were developed in the southern United States. The breed can trace its immediate ancestry to the American Foxhound and the Virginia Foxhound of colonial days, with probably the introduction of some Bloodhound stock. This latter would not only explain the coloration of the Black & Tan, but its tendency toward being larger boned than other breeds, its long ears and its famous cold nose.

The American Black & Tan can probably be traced to the English Foxhounds, and before that to the Tolbot Hounds and St. Hubert hounds of France. These hounds were first brought to England following the Norman invasion in the eleventh century. The American Black & Tan was the first coonhound breed to be admitted into the registry with UKC. When they were first registered in 1900, and for several years after that, they were registered as American Black & Tan Fox and Coonhound.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

The Black & Tan Coonhound is a working hound that trails his quarry completely by scent. He is strong and sturdy without being coarse or cloddy. He is balanced, agile and sound, with the ability to cover ground easily, efficiently and tirelessly in the pursuit of game.

CHARACTERISTICS

Active, fast, bright, kind, confident and courageous, with open trailing and treeing instinct and ability.

HEAD

Carried well up, very slightly domed and broad between the ears, never narrow.

MUZZLE - Well-balanced with the other features of the head, medium square, with flews sufficient to give a square appearance. Nostrils large, open; black in color, never butterfly or pink.

TEETH - Scissors bite preferred, even bite acceptable.

EYES - Prominent, hound-like, pleading expression. Dark brown or black, not lighter than hazel. Eyelids firm and close (no drooping).

EARS - Set medium low, well attached to head and devoid of erectile power, should reach approximately to end of nose when drawn out. Should hang gracefully, inside part tipping toward muzzle, should not be too pointed at tip, slightly oval, soft and velvety, hanging in a roll when head is raised.

NECK

Not too thick, nor too long, but graceful and strong; minimum of dewlap.

FOREQUARTERS

SHOULDERS - Muscular and sloping; indicating speed and strength.

FORELEGS - Straight, smooth forearms, muscular, straight at knees, perfectly in line with upper leg.

BODY

CHEST - Deep, moderately wide, showing large lung space.

BACK - Short and slightly arched, well muscled and strong. This is one important part of the breed. A good rule to breed to is the same distance from root of tail to shoulder as height at shoulder.

HINDQUARTERS

HIPS - Smooth, round, proportionately wide, flanks gracefully arched, muscular at the loins.

HIND LEGS - Strong and muscular above hock. Slightly bent at hock and stifle, not cow hocked, free of dewclaws.

FEET

Tight and well padded. Toes short to medium and close knit. Neither cat-footed nor splay-footed. Foot to be proportionate to the size of the body.

TAIL

Heavy, strong at root tapering there, rather long without brush, carried free, well-up, saber like.

COAT

Smooth haired, fine, glossy, but thick enough for protection.

COLOR

Predominately deep, rich black, with tan trim covering not more than 10-15 percent of body. Small pumpkin seeds over the eyes. A little white on breast is not a fault, but no white elsewhere.

SIZE AND WEIGHT

SIZE - Slightly more at shoulders than at hips. Males: 23-27 inches. Females: 21-26 inches.

WEIGHT - Dogs being shown slightly under weight due to hunting will not be penalized. This is a working breed and should appear as such. Males: 50-75 pounds. Females: 40-65 pounds.

ELIMINATING FAULTS

(A dog with an Eliminating Fault is not to be considered for placement in a bench show/conformation event, nor are they to be reported to UKC.)

Males under 23 inches or over 27 inches. Females under 21 inches or over 26 inches. (Entries in Puppy Class are not to be eliminated for being undersize.)

DISQUALIFICATIONS

(A dog with a Disqualification must not be considered for placement in a bench show/conformation event, and must be reported to UKC.)

Undershot or overshot. Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Deaf. Blind.

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