The black and tan coonhound is an old scenthound breed descended from a careful combination of the foxhound and bloodhound. A true American breed, these agile, powerful dogs are known for their beautiful, mournful bawl and their long ears. The black and tan standard requires that the ears extend beyond the end of the nose. He is known as a specialist on raccoon, of course, but can do well hunting deer, mountain lion, bear and other big game. Although the black and tan is fundamentally a working dog, he can be a great family companion as well.