Pet Tails: All about the coonhound

Coonhounds seem to belong in the rolling hills and wooded landscapes of Brown County. In fact, many hounds call this part of the state home.

While every dog is an individual, there are some traits that 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!

These 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.

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.

— Brown County Humane Society

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There’s no hound easier to fall in love with than Eli. He’s happy loping around the field, sniffing every little thing, or curled up on his bed quiet as a mouse. Eli also likes to sits with you while you rub his soft head. True to his breed, once Eli gets it in his head to follow a scent, he’s gone. He’ll need to be on a leash when outdoors or in a yard with a very high fence he can’t jump. That’s just what hounds do. He’s worth the attention though, because he gives so much joy in return. You don’t want to let this boy get away.