The English Coonhound, or Redtick Coonhound, has a life expectancy of 11 to 12 years.
The English Coonhound descended from English Foxhounds brought to America in the 17th and 18th centuries. The English Coonhound was bred to be a versatile and adaptable hunter, capable of hunting fox by day and coon by night. Early English Coonhounds were largely found in the southern part of the country and referred to as the English Fox and Coonhound.
The English Coonhound weighs 40 to 75 pounds and measures 23 to 26 inches.
The English Coonhound has a tough, medium-length coat that sheds quite a bit but has very few grooming needs. The English Coonhound should be brushed weekly and bathed occasionally. Like all dogs, the English Coonhound also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The English Coonhound is active and good natured.
As a hunting dog, the English Coonhound is energetic, alert and confident. They are determined and bold when it comes to tracking their target. The English Coonhound’s strong nose and resiliency make them capable of hunting a wide variety of prey from raccoons to bears.
As a family companion, the English Coonhound is loyal and sociable. The English Coonhound thrives on human interaction and craves attention. They like to be near their family and involved in their activities. English Coonhounds can be great playmates for older children, but are typically too rambunctious for younger kids.
English Coonhounds are pack-oriented and tend to get along well with just about everyone. They are generally friendly toward new people and are good with other dogs if socialized with them early in life.
The English Coonhound is intelligent and wants to please, but can be strong willed. The English Coonhound requires consistency and lots of patience to train. They respond well to positive reinforcement and a strong, confident leader. Once they understand the basics, English Coonhounds can go on to participate in agility, tracking, flyball, conformation and obedience.
The English Coonhound is athletic and quick, making a terrific hunting companion. The English Coonhound needs regular exercise or they can become high strung and destructive. They are not suited for couch potatoes or apartment living. English Coonhounds needs a large space to run around in and can make good jogging and hiking companions.