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A female redtick English Coonhound
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The English Coonhound, sometimes referred to as
the "Redtick Coonhound", is a breed of dog.
It is a type of coonhound that is typically bred in the
southern United States.
Unlike the other classifications of coonhounds, a variety of
colorations is acceptable to meet English coonhound breed
standards. Coloration can be redtick, bluetick, tricolored and
tricolored with ticking. However, red markings are predominant and
"Redtick" is a common euphemism for English Coonhounds. Some people
believe this lack of emphasis on specific coloration has allowed
breeders to focus breeding programs on traits such as intelligence
and hunting ability rather than superficial concerns like coat
standards. Color variations are common even amongst pups from the
same litter of English coonhounds, indicating high levels of DNA diversity in the breed.
Like all coonhounds, English are generally good natured and very
sociable dogs. Skittishness or aggression is considered a defect
according to UKC breed standards. They are strong willed, if not
stubborn, and require more patience in training than other breeds.
Young dogs are usually extremely active and playful and desirous of
human attention in addition to requiring plenty of exercise.
English Coonhounds are incessant nesters and should be avoided by
people who do not wish to have dogs on couches and beds. They make
excellent family pets as they have been bred for hunting purposes
to coexist amiably within a pack. English Coonhounds also make
adequate watch dogs as they possess extremely loud hound mouths
characterized by melodious, drawn out bawls and short, explosive
This breed was originally classified and registered as the
English Fox and Coonhound prior to the specialization of the six
breeds of coonhounds. The recognition in the 1940s by the United Kennel
Club of Bluetick and Treeing Walker coonhounds as
distinct breeds led to the paring down of the English Coonhound
classification. The breed originated in the southeastern United
States where they were bred from American and English
Foxhounds, other European hunting breeds, and native dogs for the
purpose of trailing and treeing a variety of animals.
English Coonhounds are often kept as hunting dogs used to trail
and tree animals, primarily raccoons. They also compete in competition
hunts known as "nite" hunts, the largest of which are English Days
and Southern English Days which also feature show competitions and