New Westminster Breed 2012 – Spotlight On The American English Coonhound

February 13th, 2012 by Dan

Each year we spotlight the new breeds that will be appearing in this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – for 2012 we’re kicking things off with the newest addition to the Hound Group, The American English Coonhound.

The American English Coonhound descended from English Foxhounds, but were bred hunt fox and raccoon in the harsh climate of America. They were originally known as the Virginia Hound.

This deep-chested hound is a medium sized dog (23 to 26 inches at the shoulder) and has a very athletic build. They are well muscled and built for a night of running and hunting. The American English Coonhound has a short coat that can be red and white ticked, blue and white ticked, tri-colored with ticking, red and white, or white and black.

If you’re considering an American English Coonhound, you should know that the breed does require a substantial amount of physical activity to stay fit and stimulated. They’re known to be a friendly breed with both people and other dogs and shyness is considered a breed fault. Like other members of the hound group – they do have a voice!

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