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American English Coonhound


A descendent of the English Foxhound, this hunting dog breed is known for his speed, endurance, and loud voice in the field. He began as a dual-purpose dog who hunted fox by day and raccoon by night. He eagerly seeks his quarry, singing out as he hunts, a trait that carries over into home life. This hound will bark. On the plus side, he's pleasant toward people and other dogs. If you won't be hunting him, plan to give this swift and competitive dog plenty of daily exercise in other ways to prevent him from becoming frustrated and destructive. He'd make a good companion for a runner.

Adult Size

  • Large

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Apartments

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long

Breed Group

  • Hound Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat

Coat Quality

  • Rough Coat


  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Tan
  • Tri-Colored
  • White


  • Drools Occasionally

Energy Level

  • Highly Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 24-26″

Full Grown Weight

  • 71-75lbs
  • 76-80lbs
  • 80-90lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Not a Great Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Does Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?





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