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Black and Tan Coonoodle | Dog Breed Info: Pictures, Traits & Facts

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Height: 22 – 25 inches
Weight: 50 – 70 pounds
Lifespan: 13 – 15 years
Colors: Black, tan, brown, beige, white, fawn, silver
Suitable for: Hunters, farmers, extremely active people
Temperament: Intelligent, independent, instinctive hunter, inquisitive, strong-willed

The Black and Tan Coonoodle is bred from both the Black and Tan Coonhound and the Poodle. Known for its impressive hunting skills and intelligent mindset, this isn’t the fun-loving family dog found in most people’s homes. These dogs have an instinctual need to hunt, and their energy levels are not for the weary to try and keep up with. Their intelligence makes them easy to train, but their stubbornness makes it challenging to keep them in line when they’re bored or feeling under-stimulated.

Black and Tan Coonoodles can take after either parent when it comes to appearance. If taking after their Black and Tan Coonhound parent, their bodies will be black with tan markings on the head. If taking more after their Poodle parent, they could be an array of colors, including beige, white, fawn, and even silver. Their coat can be straight and short or curly and fine, depending on their genetics.

These dogs need tons of exercise and stimulation to stay happy and healthy throughout their lives. They won’t be happy in an apartment setting, as they need a large fenced yard to hang out in during downtime. They’d rather spend their time sniffing out possible prey than snuggling on the couch with humans. The Black and Tan Coonoodle isn’t your typical family dog but they will do well with a family that likes to hunt, hike, camp, and do other outdoor activities regularly. Want to learn more about this spectacular breed? Keep reading!

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Black and Tan Coonoodle Puppies

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Buying a new dog is a huge responsibility and requires plenty of planning before you even think about bringing a black and tan Coonoodle home for the first time. The first thing you should do is learn all you can about this crossbreed so you know what will be expected of you as an owner.

The black and tan Coonoodle is a hard-working and strong-willed dog that is set to hunt following their instincts. They are very energetic so they will need a lot of daily exercise and therefore, a lot of nutritious food too. They make great hunting partners and are a great fit for extremely active people who can give this dog a hunting role.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Black and Tan Coonoodle

1. They’re extremely agile.

Black and Tan Coonoodles can run, jump, and swim with the best of them. They are always looking to use their agility skills, even if it means scaling a 6-foot fence! They’re extremely competitive on the agility course too.

2. They’re vocal.

These dogs like to chase their prey up into trees and then call out to their masters, letting them know that the prey has been cornered. They tend to also use their vocal instincts at home when they’re bored or when they see other animals or people moving around outside of their boundaries.

3. They love attention.

This crossbreed might be highly independent, but they thrive off attention from their owners. They will spend every minute they can by their owner’s side, and they find great satisfaction in getting acknowledged for their good behavior.

Parent Breeds of the Black & Tan Coonoodle
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Temperament & Intelligence of the Black and Tan Coonoodle 🧠

The Black and Tan Coonoodle is used to spending their days hunting, so they need a great deal of exercise, plenty of activities to do, and free time to spend outdoors daily if they won’t be hunting. They’re excellent hunting learners and executioners, but that’s not all they can do. Coonoodles excel at agility and can take on any breed, purebred or crossbred, on the agility course. They learn obedience commands quickly and have a penchant for being patient while waiting for commands.

These dogs aren’t typically aggressive, although they aren’t particularly sociable either. They’ll greet strangers when they know that there’s no threat to worry about. But they likely won’t offer up much attention to people they don’t know well. They’ll spend most of their time outside if they’re able to, but their high prey drive means that they shouldn’t be let off their leash when in public places. They need a large fenced yard to be contained in when they’re loose outside.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Black and Tan Coonoodle can be a family dog, but only if they exercise and if activity is a big part of the family’s life. These dogs aren’t content sitting around the house waiting for their owners to come home. Their active personality can be a little too much for young children, but they are never aggressive, so they can do well around kids if they are properly supervised. They love spending time with active teenagers, yet they don’t mind if kids aren’t around at all.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets? 🐶 😽

These dogs are independent and don’t need other dogs around to maintain a happy and healthy life. However, they can get along with other dogs and have no problem living peacefully within a multi-dog household. They thrive when hunting with other dogs and get along well with dogs at the dog park or on the agility course. They need to start socializing with other dogs when they are still puppies, and they should be fully obedience trained before they’re allowed to be let loose at the dog park.


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Things to Know When Owning a Black and Tan Coonoodle

There are few important things you should learn about the Black and Tan Coonoodle before deciding whether to adopt one. Even if you’re simply curious about this mixed breed, it’s nice to know what makes them tick: What do they like to eat and how do they like to exercise? Here’s what you should know.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Due to the high activity level of the Black and Tan Coonoodle, this mixed breed can devour up to 4 cups of food each day, give or take. These dogs should be fed high-quality food with a high protein and fat content, preferably over 25%. Fillers like corn and soy will only slow them down and leave less room for more nutritional foods. Their food should contain real meat as the first ingredient, followed by whole grains if digestive issues aren’t a concern.

Sweet potatoes, oats, quinoa, and carrots are all excellent sources of healthy carbohydrates that will keep the Black and Tan Coonoodle energized throughout their day. These foods should be included in addition to or in place of whole grains in your dog’s food. It’s also important to make sure that omega fatty acids are included in the form of flaxseeds, fish, or phytoplankton, as these fats are essential for good health.

Exercise 🐕

Without daily exercise, Black and Tan Coonoodles can start exhibiting undesirable behaviors due to boredom and frustration. This mixed breed should take long walks (at least a couple miles at a time) daily if they aren’t spending their time hunting. But walking isn’t enough to keep the Black and Tan Coonoodle satisfied. They also need at least an hour of vigorous activity every day to keep their bodies and minds in good shape.

Activities such as fetch and hide-and-seek are great options. These dogs love challenges, so they love working their way through obstacle courses. A makeshift obstacle course can be set up in the yard at any time with the help of items like chairs, bricks, and old tires.

Black and Tan Coonoodle
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Training 🦮

Without proper training, Black and Tan Coonoodles will try to take charge and do whatever they want to do, whether their owner likes it or not. Obedience training can start as young as 8 weeks old, so puppies should start training as soon as they get settled into their new forever home. Basic obedience commands will be easy for the average Black and Tan Coonoodle to master.

These dogs have the intelligence to learn cool tricks, like fetching a tissue or finding a set of keys for their owner. They also tend to excel when it comes to agility training, and they are naturally proficient hunters, which make a little training in this field go a long way.

Grooming ✂️

The Black and Tan Coonoodle typically has shorter hair like their Coonhound parent, requiring a combing or brushing just a couple of times a week. If the hair is longer, it can be trimmed just like their Poodle parent to keep mats and tangles in check. A damp washcloth should be used to groom the face and ears regularly to keep eye and ear infections at bay. Thanks to all the time that these dogs spend outdoors, their nails tend to stay naturally trimmed. However, if the nails start looking long or splintering, it’s a good idea to trim them.

Health Conditions ❤️

There are a handful of health conditions to be aware of that the Black and Tan Coonoodle is known to be susceptible to. Here’s what owners should look out for. 

Minor Conditions
  • Cataracts
Serious Conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Addison’s disease
  • Gastric torsion
  • Cushing’s disease

Male vs. Female

Both males and females are great hunters, but the guys are thought to be a little more independent than the girls. On the other hand, girls seem to be easier to potty train than boys. Females tend to be more attentive and affectionate than males, but neither gender is particularly needy. All in all, the Black and Tan Coonoodle is a powerful, intelligent dog no matter their gender.

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Final Thoughts: Black and Tan Coonoodle

Whether you’re an avid hunter who is looking for a reliable hunting partner or you’re part of an active family that is looking for a headstrong dog to adventure with, the Black and Tan Coonoodle might be the right option for you. These graceful dogs have much to offer and won’t let you down on the agility course or on a hiking trail. What’s more, they can teach you a thing or two about independence and determination.

This is an agile sporting dog that won’t just sit around the house waiting for love and attention. They’ll do all they can to be a productive part of the family dynamic. What do you think is the most impressive feature of the Black and Tan Coonoodle? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment for us below!

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