The American English coonhound evolved from Virginia hounds, descendants of English foxhounds. Originally, these hounds were used to hunt fox by day and raccoons by night, and were named the English fox and coonhound. Today’s American English coonhound is a wide-ranging hunter that possesses tremendous speed and endurance, and an excellent voice. A strong and graceful athlete, he needs regular exercise to stay in peak shape. The breed’s hard, protective coat is of medium length and can be red-and-white ticked, blue-and-white ticked, tri-colored with ticking, red-and-white, and white-and-black. The breed is pleasant, alert, confident and sociable with both humans and dogs.