English Breed Standard
Official U.K.C. Breed Standard
Revised January 1, 2003
A person could almost say that the history of the English Coonhound
is the history of all coonhounds — and he wouldn't’t be too
far wrong. With the exception of the Plott Hound, all the UKC breeds
of coonhounds have a common ancestry that is deeply rooted in the English
The variation in color brings us to another aspect of the English Coonhound history. Both the Treeing Walker and the Bluetick Coonhound were originally registered with UKC as English. The Walker was recognized as a separate breed in 1945 and the Bluetick a year later. To this day there are still tri-colored and blueticked English hounds, though redticked dogs predominate.
The first mention we have of hounds in America appears in the diary of one of the men of the explorer DeSoto. He also mentions that the hounds were used for the hunting of Indians rather than fox, raccoon or rabbit.
In 1650, the Englishman Robert Brooke brought his pack of hounds with him. Thomas Walker of Virginia imported hounds from England in 1742, and in 1770 George Washington, an avid fox hunter, had hounds imported from England. These dogs were the foundation of the “Virginia Hounds”, from which our present day English Coonhound developed.
It was, however, for the Americans to adapt these animals to the much rougher American terrain and climate. And it was the Americans that, through careful breeding practices, adapted the hound to American game, the raccoon, opossum, cougar and various species of bear.
English hounds have excelled in both performance and conformation. The first major coonhound Field Trial of all time, the first Leafy Oak, was won by an English dog called “Bones”, owned by Colonel Leon Robinson.
Head and Neck
Ears hung a little low, fine texture and soft feel, reach nearly to
end of nose if drawn out. Not flat and stiff or half cocked. Muzzle good
length, square, stop nearly medium. Flews enough to look square. Large
open nostrils. Skull very slightly domed. Eyes wide apart, dark, never
pig-eyed or drooping.
Scissors bite preferred, even bite acceptable.
Slightly higher at shoulders than at hips, never lower at shoulders
than at hips.
Females: 21 to 25 inches
Deep, broad chest, strong back, slightly arched. Not roached back. Thighs
and shoulders up and muscle strong. Good barrel, plenty of lung room.
A strong, racy type body.
Forelegs having good bones, straight, strong, set well apart. Feet,
cats paw, strong arched over toes, pads deep, set directly under legs.
The nails should be strong. Feet well padded, stifles stout, well down.
Hocks just a little bent. Hind legs, strong, showing drive, power push.
Never cow hocked.
Carried gaily, set high, but not hooked over back. Just a little brush
shown. Medium length. Not rat tailed.
Hair hard, medium length, of good hound type for protection.
A good hound bawl.
This English Coonhound may be redtick, bluetick, tricolor with ticks, white-red, white-black, or white-lemon; any hound with too much black, too much red or any brindle is not acceptable.
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