The Black and Tan Coonhound is first and fundamentally a working dog, a trail and tree hound, capable of withstanding the rigors of winter, the heat of summer , and the difficult terrain over which he is called upon to work. Used principally f or trailing and treeing raccoon, the Black and Tan Coonhound runs his game entirely by scent. The characteristics and courage of the Coonhound also make him proficient on the hunt f or deer , bear , mountain lion and other big game. Judges are asked to place great emphasis upon these f acts when evaluating the merits of the dog. The general impression is that of power , agility and alertness. He immediately impresses one with his ability to cover the ground with powerful rhythmic strides.
Proportion-Measured f rom the point of shoulder to the buttocks and from withers to ground the length of body is equal to or slightly greater than the height of the dog at the withers. Height is in proportion to general conformation so that dog appears neither leggy nor close to the ground.
Substance-Considering their job as a hunting dog, the individual should exhibit moderate bone and good muscle tone. Males are heavier in bone and muscle tone than females.