Coonhounds – Full of Personality

dog-of-the-week-eli-largeCoonhounds just seem to belong in the rolling hills and wooded landscapes of Brown County. In fact, many hounds do call this part of the state home. While every dog is an individual, there are some traits which are often found in many coonhounds.

Coonhounds were originally bred to track raccoons because their keen sense of smell allows them to track raccoons even as they leave the ground for the treetops. This makes them good hunting partners.  But coonhounds can also make excellent family pets. They have beautiful, sleek coats and soft, velvety ears. Their coats come in a variety of colors, including black and tan, reddish brown, tri-color, and speckled. Their coats are short and require minimal grooming. They also have incredibly expressive faces and eyes. Anyone who has owned a hound can tell you that they can certainly pout!

Dog of the Week - Clem smallThese dogs are athletic and do need exercise, but after a good romp, they quickly become couch potatoes. A coonhound can make a great running partner, but is also happy to snuggle up afterward to watch a movie. Because of their independent nature and tendency to “follow their nose,” they do best with a fenced in yard and supervised outdoor play.

Coonhounds typically have sweet, sometimes goofy personalities. They are eager to please, friendly, and personable. They can do well with children and other pets, although they may be inclined to chase smaller animals. As with any dog, slow introductions to new animals is important. Coonhounds, like all hounds, are sensitive dogs who respond best to praise and positive reinforcement. If you are looking for a dog who loves to be stroked and cuddled, look no further than a coonhound!Hank 200_200

If you think you’d like to meet a coonhound in person, come to the shelter. You will be charmed by their good looks, surprised by their grace, and ultimately won over by their sweet, unique personalities.