The Black and Tan Coonhound is a sturdy looking dog that is strong, agile with incredible stamina during a hunt. It is a medium to large dog, standing 50 to 75 centimetres and weighing between 75 and 100 pounds. The Black and Tan Coonhound’s length is usually equal to its height, albeit some are a bit longer than they are tall. Some physical characteristics inherited from its Bloodhound forefathers include its build, long low-hanging ears, cold nose and colouring. The Black and Tan Coonhound also has round, hazel and brown eyes that often look pensive.
Black and Tan Coonhounds have short and dense coats that are fine and glossy. This glossy characteristic offers this breed protection against the weather and the bush as it worked in the hunting field. The coat colours are naturally black and tan, with black being the base colour and tan appears as markings around the eyes, sides of the muzzle, chest, legs and thighs.
Brush the Black and Tan Coonhound twice or thrice a week to remove loose and dead hair, and to maintain its glossy appearance. Bathing should be done as needed. Frequent bathing may strip the Coonhound of its natural oils, which can potentially lead to skin infections and certain allergies. Other hygiene requirements include regular cleaning of the teeth and ears.