The Black and Tan Coonhound is the marvelous amalgamation of its forebears, the Bloodhound and American Foxhound; it received from the Foxhound its “all terrain” abilities in warm weather, and from the Bloodhound, its coloring, and the reputation of being a nose with a dog attached to it.
After a long history of working and hunting in the United States, the breed was recognized by the AKC in 1945, the first Coonhound breed so recognized. It would be another sixty-four years before another coonhound would be accepted, that being the Bluetick Coonhound.
The United Kennel Club was quicker to officially acknowledge the Black and Tan, having admitted it into their registry in 1900 but as the American Black and Tan Fox and Coonhound. Although six distinct breeds of Coonhound breeds were developed in the United States, the Black and Tan is the only coonhound officially recognized by both the American and Canadian Kennel Clubs. The United Kennel Club registers all six.