What Is the Difference Between a Bloodhound and a Coonhound?

They look very similar to me. Either breed better for a pet?

Any suggestions on going about acquiring a bloodhound/coonhound?
I read both Wiki articles already. They did not answer my question. Both breeds look very similar to me. So what are their differences?

A ST. Hubert hound or Blood hound is a scent hound that originates in France. They were originally so rare and expensive that only "blue blood" or royalty could afford one. They have an EXTREMELY keen sense of smell.

As colonialist came to America from England they brought with them the English Foxhound (which too, is bred partially from St Hubert's) The English foxhound was soon bred into an American Foxhound. The latter were adapted to hunt Raccoon as well.

Then they bred the Bloodhound with the American Foxhound and because of it's agility and cold nose, it was used to hunt coon. Thus the American Black & Tan Coonhound was bred to be followed by the Walker Treeing Hound, Bluetick Coonhound etc.,etc.,

If you live in the city NO, do NOT get a hound!!! They are LOUD I mean LOUD, they have to be contained or at any time they may strike a scent and take off. If you are still thinking of getting one UKC coonhounds are cheaper generally than Bloodhounds. Try treehound.com

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5 Responses to What Is the Difference Between a Bloodhound and a Coonhound?

  1. Tina says:

    depends on what you want in a dog they are two different distinct breeds research the two and see which fits your lifestyle better and remember check out your local shelter!
    References :

  2. jc q says:

    A Coonhound is a type of scent hound and a member of the hound group.

    Coonhounds are an American style of hunting dog that was developed for the unique quarry and working conditions found in the United States.

    In the colonial period, foxhounds were imported for the popular sport of foxhunting. Various breeds of foxhounds and other hunting hounds were brought in from England, Ireland, and France, making up the initial composition of the dogs that were later to be called Virginia Hounds.

    Foxhounds were found to be inadequate for hunting animals that didn't "go to ground", but instead took to the treetops to escape, such as raccoons, opossums, bobcats and even larger prey like cougars and bears. They were often confused or unable to hold the scent when this occurred, and would mill about.

    Treeing dogs were developed, chosen for a keen sense of smell, the ability to track, chase and corner any manner of animal independent of human commands, and, most importantly, to follow an animal both on the ground and when they take to the trees. A good coonhound will bark and keep their prey treed until the hunters arrive. Bloodhounds specifically were added to many coonhound lines to enhance their ability to track. Some dogs have webbed toes to deal with the rivers and swamps so common in their hunting grounds.

    Coonhounds can hunt individually, or as a pack. Generally, hunters don't chase their quarry along with the hounds, unlike organized foxhunting, but wait and listen to the distinctive baying to determine if a raccoon or other animal has been treed. Besides raccoons, coonhounds are excellent at handing all manner of prey if trained properly.

    Besides hunting, Coonhounds are wonderful family dogs that are known to be good with children. They also make good watchdogs with an impressive, loud bark

    A Bloodhound (also known as the St. Hubert Hound) is a large breed of dog bred for the specific purpose of tracking human beings. Consequently, it is often used by authorities to track escaped prisoners or missing persons. It is a scenthound, famed for its ability to follow a scent hours or even days old, over long distances. Combining a keen sense of smell with a tenaciously strong tracking instinct, bloodhounds have proven their worth as the archetypal trailing dog.
    References :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodhound
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coonhound

  3. Kayley92 says:

    The coonhounds are slightly smaller than bloodhounds. Look at this website and it tells you the differences about them
    References :
    http://www.southeastbloodhoundrescue.net/Bloodhound%20or%20Coonhound.html

  4. Onyx Ninja says:

    Check out these two links

    Bloodhound
    http://dogbreedinfo.com/bloodhound.htm

    Coonhound
    http://dogbreedinfo.com/blackandtancoonhound.htm

    Hope this helps.
    References :

  5. dog owner says:

    A ST. Hubert hound or Blood hound is a scent hound that originates in France. They were originally so rare and expensive that only "blue blood" or royalty could afford one. They have an EXTREMELY keen sense of smell.

    As colonialist came to America from England they brought with them the English Foxhound (which too, is bred partially from St Hubert's) The English foxhound was soon bred into an American Foxhound. The latter were adapted to hunt Raccoon as well.

    Then they bred the Bloodhound with the American Foxhound and because of it's agility and cold nose, it was used to hunt coon. Thus the American Black & Tan Coonhound was bred to be followed by the Walker Treeing Hound, Bluetick Coonhound etc.,etc.,

    If you live in the city NO, do NOT get a hound!!! They are LOUD I mean LOUD, they have to be contained or at any time they may strike a scent and take off. If you are still thinking of getting one UKC coonhounds are cheaper generally than Bloodhounds. Try treehound.com
    References :
    owner/hunter Black & Tan Coonhounds

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