Black and Tan Coonhound Breed Notes

Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound
Black and Tan Coonhound Breed Notes

Good morning everyone – I hope that you all enjoyed Crufts seems a lifetime ago now, but it taken me well over a week to get over the event after being so busy throughout.

Tuesday 5th March saw me attend the Press Launch morning with Mia along with Simon Read who took along Bert who is nearing his final assessment to qualify fully as a Search and Rescue Dog for Lowland Rescue. There were several other breeds attending including the two other breeds that were recognised in 2018, being the Russian Toy and the White Swiss Shepherd. The press was in abundance and all the dogs were well behaved, I believe there were some articles in the press and a short section on Local TV News Networks in the evening.

Over the four days on Discover Dogs the public and the press showed a lot of interest in the breed and we had a few photo shoots with various people and did a few interviews. Saturday was the big day for the Breed, and we had 12 Black and Tan Coonhounds entered in the Import classes, Mia didn’t show so on the Discover Dogs booth we also had Mia’s sister Clementine, whose puppies were being shown at Crufts. Results of the classes are given below.

The superb achievement of the day was that the Coonhound won the Best Import and so competed in the Hound Group later in the day. What a great achievement for the breed. Not only for the Breeders Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Antonio Skaboullos but also the owners Sharon Kelly, Dorothy Park and Jane Hough – Ch Scentaway Sherlock Holmes Jnr Ch. An Ch 17/18. Everyone involved should be proud and truly put the breed on the map.

Other placings on the day were :-
Darcy Cerne Eso (imp Cze) 1st Post Graduate Bitch, Best Bitch and Res Best of Breed owned by Antonio Skaboullos and David Jenkins another super achievement .
Covehithe Dukes of Hazzard 1st Junior Dog owned by Miss Emma Binnersely and Mr M Tomkinson
Covehithe Steam Boat Willy 4th Junior Dog – owned by Mrs Jacky Stanley
Covehithe Memphis Belle 1st Junior Bitch – owned by Antonio Skaboullos and David Jenkins
Covehithe Nebraska Rogue 3rd Junior Bitch owned by Miss Carly Priestman
Mr Alarming Voice of Cooner Totegnac 2nd Junior dog and owned by Mrs lulic Galovic
Scenterbay Fade to Grey – 2nd Post Grad Dog – owned by Mr D & Dr L Durrant
Cira’s Priscilla From Charming Shadow (imp Deu) Miss Felicity Freer and Mr Richard Allen
Old Souls Tenor of Southwind (imp USA) Miss Carly Priestman

Bert and Ernie as already mentioned were part of the Lowland Rescue Team who were demonstrating in the main arena along with Rogue, Bert on Friday, I believe passed his Good Citizen Bronze on Friday handled by Carly Priestman his owner. All three of these dogs had competed on Saturday in the Import Classes and been placed so not only are they show dogs but also working dogs training to do a valuable job in searching and tracking for lost people.
The breed is defiantly showing its versatility in all areas,

During the four days on Discover Dogs the general public were very keen to ask about the breed having not seen them before, the first points that most people made were about the long ears and what they are used for. We all spent many hours talking about the breed and its history and what they are like to live with at home. We did stress that this breed is not for everyone many asked about recall when let off the lead, how are they with children and other dogs. The committee worked tirelessly to ensure we put the correct information out there and since Crufts a few people have contacted various people asking for more information. This can only be a good thing.

The next focus will be this weekend when we host our second Breed Seminar with guest speaker Mark Cocozza who happens to be the Clubs President, we have a good group of about 30 people attending from judges, to owners and people who are interested in learning about this new wonderful breed. There will be several dogs who will be attending and one of the candidates will be taking professional photos of the day’s events and of the dogs which I will post on social media after the event once I have been sent them. There will also be a demonstration given by Simon Read and Bert who will search for one of the candidates hiding in the grounds of the venue.

The next big event will be at the Hound Association Championship Show in July where we have been asked to do a short demonstration on the scenting and tracking ability of the breed. I am sure the Committee will be working with the Association over the coming months to ensure we can get a 10-15 minutes demonstration together.

Membership is also available and runs from January to December each year the cost is £5.00 single and £7.00 joint, please contact our Membership Secretary Mrs Helen Bakewell 13 Hoon Road Hatton Derbyshire DE65 5DQ – helenbakewell@tiscali.co.uk telephone 01283 814876. NOTE All new applications and renewals will be reviewed prior to acceptance by the Committee.

Helen Reaney – Hon Secretary
Blackandtancoonhoundclubgb@gmail.com




04.03.19
Hi Everyone

Well the time has come for the Black and Tan Coonhounds attend their first ever Crufts, starting with the Press Launch on Tuesday 5th March 2019 at the NEC, I have been asked to attend with Mia (Lady Antebellum of Rolenska) to represent the breed along with two other breeds that were recognised in 2018, there will also be other well known breeds in attendance. Also joining me will be Simon Read, who has Bert (Old Soul's Tenor of Southwind) who will be there as you know he is one of the Search and Rescue dogs our very first in the breed to do so.

On Wednesday evening there will be two Coonhounds attending the Pawscars Bert and his son Ernie along with Lowland Search and Rescue, they will be doing some fun searches during the evening. Bert and Ernie will be on the Lowland Rescue Trade Stand at Crufts in hall 3 so please pop along to visit them.
On the Thursday at Crufts Ernie, Bert and Rogue along with their handlers will be doing a trailing presentation in the Good Citizen Area at around 1.00pm (times are subject to change) This is a presentation on the Search Dog Heroes Project.
Bert on Friday will be doing his Good Citizen Bronze on Friday and will be handled by Carly Priestman his owner. Saturday and Sunday will see both Bert and Rogue doing demo’s in the main arena on trailing.

We have 12 Coonhounds entered at Crufts and we wish them all the success in the world it will truly be a proud day for everyone involved.

The Breed will be on Discover Dogs in the Hound Section and Booth number 8, please come along and see us.
Thursday will see myself and Mia with Jacky Stanley and Ernie and Emma Binnersley with Duke
Friday will see myself and Mia and her mother in attendance her name is Goose.
Saturday will be myself and Mia again as the rest will be showing their dogs, and this time there will be her litter sister Clementine, but it is hoped that after judging some of the other Coonhounds will pop across to see you all.
Sunday again will be myself and Mia along with Debbie Carey and her bitch Pumpkins and finally there will be one of Pumpkins sons Harvey who is a youngster.
The committee of the Club will also be on hand to offer all help and give advice.

I have been asked by a number of people about the history of the breed and here is an article I did for the Seminar we hosted in October 2017 but will also be in the Breed Booklet I am compiling for the next seminar 23rd March 2019, tickets are still available and we would welcome anyone who is interested to come along and spend the day with us and meet some of the gorgeous dogs it being held at Shirland Village Hall, Main Road Shirland nr Alfreton DE55 6BB cost to include lunch is £20 for those who wish to take the Mulitple Choice Exam and £15.00 for those who just want to come along and meet the breed and learn more about them. There will also be a tracking demonstration just after lunch. For more information please contact me at the blackandtancoonhoundclubgb@gmail.com

Brief History & Living with the Breed
This breed is not for everyone, not even for some Hound people, although they are very gentle when Coonhound charges around a field and heads directly for you, quick movement is vital as they can knock you off your feet or dead leg you which has happened a few times I might add.


These dogs have a wonderful nature and character, they are strong very bold and stubborn and need a firm hand. Love nothing more than playing with toys, sitting on the settee with you and generally leading a very lazy life. As a scent hound her acute sense of smell catches me unaware sometimes. As with all dogs the first twelve months is crucial, Mia settled into my home at the age of 9 weeks and my 5 Staffords accepted her. Mia is now fully grown weighing between 25-27 kg. When she picks up a scent her nose never leaves the floor, I can only describe her as a vacuum cleaner drawing up all the scents from the ground and air. She has this fundamental need to please. These dogs have big appetites and do need a good long walk daily lead walk off lead however being a scent hound you would need to ensure that recall was excellent otherwise you will have a dog that ends up 6 miles down the road after picking up a scent. They have a very laid-back nature, will sleep all day and can be lazy but when they are working whether it be Scentwork or Tracking and Trailing there is nothing stopping them, they are alert and focused and when on scent there is nothing better to see. Handler and dog working together as a team.
The Black and Tan Coonhound is an American breed that has ancient origins which can be traced back to the European lines of the St Hubert, Talbot, Bloodhound and other slow-trailing hounds.
The St Hubert Hound, massively built & with incredible scenting ability, was crossed with lighter-built scenting hounds by the Europeans to produce offspring that proved to be better on the hunt as they could run faster and not tire as easily.
The St Hubert Hound can trace its origins back to the Belgium monastery of St Hubert where, in the 7th century, the monks began breeding dogs that looked identical and bred true generation after generation. This new breed of dog had an excellent scenting ability, was of medium size and build, possessed a large head and thick bones and was black and tan in colour. The St Hubert Hound was used in the foundation stock for many of the scenting types of hunting dog, including the Talbot Hound and the Bloodhound.
It was William the Conqueror who brought Bloodhounds to England in 1066. They were referred to as “blooded hounds”, considered noble and pure and associated with royalty. It was the custom of English royalty to give Bloodhounds as gifts to royalty and nobility. Similarly, it was the custom of the St Hubert’s monastery to send a pair of their finest black & tan Bloodhounds to the king of France twice a year. The Black and Tan Coonhound is a direct descendent of the Bloodhound
The Bloodhound was proficient at locating wild boar and deer that hid on the land, but they would not attack the game once located, as this was not the purpose it was bred for. Later the Bloodhound was used for tracking and locating lost people, fugitives, poachers and sheep and cattle thieves and was also referred to as the Sluthhound, for obvious reasons.
Later, other strains of dog, such as the Foxhound, American cur and various shepherd types, were crossbred to the early hounds and such breeding was the beginning of the Black and Tan Coonhound.
There is little doubt that the Bloodhound developed before the Foxhound, which is also a scent hound with good endurance that hunts in packs. The early Foxhounds were developed from scent hounds that, when bred together, produced traits that made them excellent hunting dogs. The English Foxhound was bred for the specific purpose of hunting fox, a sport dating back to the 13th century.
Robert Brooke is credited with bringing the first Foxhounds to the Colonies in 1602. He arrived in America with Lord Baltimore and settled in Prince George County, Maryland and most of the early Foxhounds can be traced back to his stock. Foxhounds, including the Virginia Foxhound and the English and American Foxhounds were grouped together and referred to as American Foxhounds. The Coonhound and the American Foxhound are directly descended from the lines of Robert Brooke and other early pioneers who brought their Foxhounds to the Colonies.
The Black and Tan Coonhound, also referred to as the Cooner as its main quarry or game was the raccoon, developed in the regions of the Appalachian, Ozark, Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Its development began a century before the American Revolution where, over a period, various hounds brought to the Colonies by wealthy and titled Englishmen, were crossed with foxhound’s native to the area as well as various strains of Curs and shepherd-type dogs. It’s from these lines that the Coonhound is directly descended.
Back in the 1800’s dogs were not bred for their appearance but were bred for assisting their owners in working for the necessities of life. In the southern part of the United States, two distinct types of foxhound were present – those inclined to chase their game and those inclined to tree their game. It is without doubt that these were the beginnings of the Black and Tan Coonhound as they are known as being a treeing hound – they chase their game (in the Colonies an abundance of game, such as bears, mountain lions, raccoons and grey foxes, sought refuge in trees) to the tree, place their legs on the trunk and give a full cry letting their owner know that the game had been located in the branches above.
The famous “Trigg strain” or “Full Cry strain” can be traced back to three red and tan dogs that Colonel Trigg had acquired from Colonel George Lawrence F. Birdsong, who was born in Georgia in 1821. From writings by Colonel Birdsong, we learn that his hounds came to Georgia from Virginia and were bred by Dr. Thomas Henry. Dr Henry acquired his first hounds in 1842 from the quality strain bred by Dr Buchanan of Sharpsburg, Maryland. Maryland is where Robert Brooke first settled in 1602 with the first Foxhounds brought to the Colonies so the cross-breeding and lineage behind today’s Black and Tan Coonhound can be traced back across the centuries.
In 1900 the American Black and Tan Coonhound became the first coonhound to gain recognition from the United Kennel Club (UKC) and was known at that time as the American Black and Tan Fox and Coonhound.
As time passed other breeders joined together with the intention of getting the Black and Tan Coonhound registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the AKC first recognised the Black and Tan Coonhound in December 1945. At that time, it was admitted to the AKC Stud Book and was the first of the coonhound varieties to gain admittance into the AKC. The admittance of the breed paved the way for it to be shown in pure-bred dog shows sponsored by the AKC.
The first registered Black and Tan Coonhound was Grand Mere Big Rock Molly, owned by John C. Ellsworth and bred by John Evans of Big Rock, Illinois. Molly was born on 12th March 1936. The first champion to be recognised by the AKC was Grand Mere Lassie.
Orville O. Dunham of Niles, Michigan, owned the Grand Mere line and is well recognised as being a pioneer in the development of show-stock Black and Tan Coonhounds. Some of his outstanding champions include Ch Grand Mere, Grand Mere Wise Girel, Ch Grand Mere Night Song, CH Grand Mere Satin, CH Grand Mere His Majesty, Ch Grand Mere Susan and Ch Black Jack of Grand Mere.
Mignon Murray produced one of the most famous lines of Black and Tan Coonhounds and is credited with the honour of breeding Ch Karlena’s Musical C Note, the first Black and Tan Coonhound to compete at Westminster and winner of Best of Breed in 1949. Ch Karlena’s Musical C Note produced 11 champions. For the following 20 years it was either Ch Karlena’s Musical Ratter or Ch Migone’s Musical Junior, both C Note’s prodigy and owned by Ann Clark, who won Best of Breed at the prestigious Westminster show.
Another individual that must surely be mentioned is Robert Browning who is acclaimed as the catalyst for having the American Black and Tan Association (ABTA) become the first charter breed association of the United Kennel Club (UKC). He also served as president of the ABTA, involved in creating the Autumn Oaks competition and established the UKC Nite Hunt Honour Rules. Browning not only hunted his dogs but also finished over 30 dogs as champions including Gr Ch “PR” Browning’s Black Beauty who won the first ever National Grand Show Championship at Autumn Oaks in 1977.
Sourced from the Kennel Club Book Black and Tan Coonhound by Linda Hibbard
Membership is also available and runs from January to December each year the cost is £5.00 single and £7.00 joint, please contact our Membership Secretary Mrs Helen Bakewell 13 Hoon Road Hatton Derbyshire DE65 5DQ – helenbakewell@tiscali.co.uk telephone 01283 814876. NOTE All new applications and renewals will be reviewed prior to acceptance by the Committee.

Helen Reaney – Hon Secretary
Blackandtancoonhoundclubgb@gmail.com






Hi Everyone

Here is the first but regular report on the breed The Black and Tan Coonhound, which gained recognition back in July 2018 and following the agreement of the Interim Breed Standard with the Kennel Club in November started being seen in the ring. The regular column will include regular updates on Shows, and I want to include all placings as we are in the Hound Import Register classes and up against other breeds so any placing is an achievement, and no one should feel left out whether it be a first place or a VHC place. Here are the results from the recent Championship Show at Manchester with a great turnout and all did extremely well.

Import Register
Puppy Dog
1st Covehithe Steam Boast Willy owned by Jacky Stanley
2nd Covehithe Duke of Hazzard owned by Emma Binnersley
Puppy Bitch
1st & Best Import Reg puppy Covehithe Memphis Belle owned by Antonio Skaboullos & David Jenkins
2nd Covehithe Nebraska Rogue owned by Carly Priestman
Junior D/B
1st Eureka Blossoming Meadow (imp CZE) owned by Estella Saxton and Phil Dale.
Open Dog
2nd Old Soul's Tenor of Southwind & reserve best dog (imp USA) owned by Carly Priestman

Open bitch
1st & Best Bitch Cira's Priscilla From Charming Shadow (imp DEU) owned by Felicity Freer and Richard Allen

The 25th January saw the Lichfield Canine Society show and my girls first show, never done any ring craft so it was going to be a day of socialisation, getting used to the atmosphere and just to see how she faired in the ring and being judged. In all honesty I was over the moon with her she appeared confident and thankfully the judge was very gentle with her and didn’t spoil her debut. Again, a good turnout for the Open Show a couple of the Coonhounds were absent but those who attended did themselves proud and well done. Judge for the classes was Jeff Horswell.
Junior
1st Covehithe Steam Boat Willy owned by Jacky Stanley ( this is the correct name and not as stated in the catalogue) He also went onto get Best Puppy in the Import Register. Huge well done to Jacky….
2nd Eureka Blossoming Meadow (imp CZE) owned by Estella Saxton and Phil Dale
Open
3rd Lady Antebellum of Rolenska owned by Helen Reaney
4th Cira’s Priscilla From Charming Shadow (imp DEU)

Crufts isn’t far away and for the first time the breed will be at Discover Dogs all four days and competing in the Import Register classes on Hound Day. Please do come along and say hello and meet this beautiful breed, we have dogs for all days with both handler and committee will also be in attendance to answer any questions you may have.

Following Crufts, we are also hosting our second Breed Seminar on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at Shirland Village Hall, Main Road Shirland nr Alfreton DE55 6BB cost to include lunch is £20 for those who wish to take the Mulitple Choice Exam and £15.00 for those who just want to come along and meet the breed and learn more about them. There will also be a tracking demonstration just after lunch. For more information please contact me at the blackandtancoonhoundclubgb@gmail.com

Membership is also available and runs from January to December each year the cost is £5.00 single and £7.00 joint, please contact our Membership Secretary Mrs Helen Bakewell 13 Hoon Road Hatton Derbyshire DE65 5DQ – helenbakewell@tiscali.co.uk telephone 01283 814876. NOTE All new applications and renewals will be reviewed prior to acceptance by the Committee.

Finally, we currently have dogs who are doing things outside the Show ring. Firstly, Old Souls Tenor of Southwind (imp USA) better known as Bert who is a search and rescue dog for Berkshire Search and Rescue. Owned by Carly Priestman and handled expertly by her partner Simon Read. We have a trainee in the guise of Jacky Stanley’s dog Covehithe Steam Boat Willy better known as Ernie, with Lowland Rescue there is another in training which I will find out and report back as soon as I can. Its amazing to hear how this breed is excelling at what it was bred for and that’s tracking and scenting.
My girl Mia is also doing Scentwork and has attained her Level 1 with Scentwork UK her father also does Scentwork Oak Hill’s Blue Ridge (imp USA) better known as Jester. Mia also attends a little club on a Sunday with off duty Police Dog trainers and she does tracking and open searching.

First and foremost, for all of us who have one of these at home, they are firstly a family pet and live peaceful and in harmony with any breed. They can be energetic one day and lazy all day on the settee the next. A truly adorable breed that has changed those of us who have them our lives for the better.

The show season is now well underway and hopefully our breed will continue to do well, I will of course keep you all updated on these results together with the working side of the breed.

Helen Reaney – Hon Secretary
Blackandtancoonhoundclubgb@gmail.com

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  1. lauraacton29

    I have a 3 year old Coonhound. I was told when I got her she was black and tan. Her mom was black and tan how ever my girl grew up with brindle markings. https://animals.net/black-and-tan-coonhound/ - have informative content about them.

  2. lauraacton29

    I have a 3 year old Coonhound. I was told when I got her she was black and tan. Her mom was black and tan how ever my girl grew up with brindle markings. https://animals.net/black-and-tan-coonhound/ - have informative content about them.

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