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Many many coonhound photos


Darwin has settled in very well. He doesn't seem too worried about being here. Most of the time apart from on walks, he is asleep! Not sure if it has really sunk in yet that his people aren't coming back for him, but with a bit of luck that will sink in gradually... He is great with the cats, pretty good with other dogs (except Az finds him a bit annoying), clean in the house. Oh yes, and kid-friendly too. He is, however, a bit of a saggedy baggedy old dog to look at...



Hounds come in some very different shapes. Mollydog makes Darwin look extra-dumpy. Poor Darwin!


If I didn't know he was a coonhound, I'd have guessed some sort of basset cross, though his foxhoundy relatives are fairly obvious as well.


Sniffin' sniffin' sniffin!


Upside down


Upside down with *particularly* ridiculous ears...



If I'm honest, Az doesn't like Darwin all that much. Darwin likes Az, except that if he gets carried away with sniffin' sniffin' sniffin at Az, Az becomes peeved and eventually scruffs him. No real damage done, so I'm hoping Darwin will learn to treat Az a little more carefully. That said, both Az and Darwin *really* like home made sardine cake, which causes all differences to be forgotten.


Darwin and his equally lumpy shadow...



Utterly ridiculous ears which flap dramatically in the breeze.

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inzilbeth_liz
13th Nov, 2011 21:45 (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen a dog quite like that before. What exactly is he?
bunn
13th Nov, 2011 21:51 (UTC)
The coonhound is a breed of hunting dog from the southern USA. I'm not sure if they are all kind of lumpen, or if that's just him! :-D
the_marquis
13th Nov, 2011 23:02 (UTC)
Yes I'd gathered the where from the name(!), he is cute though.
bunn
13th Nov, 2011 23:06 (UTC)
I've been told that the name is actually derived from the Welsh 'Cwn' meaning dog, though Darwin's owners thought it was because they were bred for hunting raccoons. But they were Canadian, so I'm not sure that they knew!
the_marquis
13th Nov, 2011 23:11 (UTC)
Raccoon seems a more likely possibility but you have to wonder ;-)
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smillaraaq
23rd Nov, 2011 09:38 (UTC)
What a charming old fellow, and what a surprise to see such a old-fashioned Southern sort of dog so very far from home! From his coloring and markings he looks most like a redtick "English" coonhound to me, although he's rather chunkier around the middle than you'd usually expect to see on a working hunting dog...the coonhound breeds usually have some amount of sagginess in the jowls and big ol' floppy ears, but ideally they should be somewhat more trim through the torso! ;) Perhaps he's got a bit of bloodhound somewhere back in his family tree?
bunn
23rd Nov, 2011 19:47 (UTC)
He is a very long way from home! None of the volunteers for our rescue had ever seen a coonhound before...

I wondered if he might be a cross, but I *think* that he's starting to firm up a bit around the midriff now that he's getting a lot more offlead time and general exercise. According to his previous owners he was used to spending a great deal of time crated :-/
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lil_shepherd
14th Nov, 2011 09:25 (UTC)
Hey, not a single coonhound at "Discover Dogs" though several breeds I admit I had not heard of and at least one I was overjoyed to find in the country at all. (Petit Basset Bleu de Gascogne - which I was delighted to meet as I've always adored the Grand but don't have acres of forest.)

He looks a sweetie. I hope Az will come around.
bunn
14th Nov, 2011 10:46 (UTC)
Az will come round, he's always like this with new fosters. He disapproves of their manners, and their presence in HIS house but he never takes it any further than making huffy faces.

Sometimes he gets quite fond of them in the end : he was just like this with Duke the ginormous lurcher to start with but now if he sees Duke he gets all adoring and kissy!
puddleshark
14th Nov, 2011 09:47 (UTC)
Oh, those ears! You need a sport function on your camera just for the ears... Glad to hear he's settling in, and hope he and Az come to an understanding.

bunn
14th Nov, 2011 10:48 (UTC)
He is currently fast asleep ... the idea that the morning walk was not a quick 10-minute toddle down the road seemed to come as a nasty surprise, but I'm sure he'll get used to it. :-D
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bunn
15th Nov, 2011 09:06 (UTC)
He is quite a sweet old lump.
gramarye1971
14th Nov, 2011 14:38 (UTC)
I recently went to a local festival in rural western Virginia, where one of the highlights of the day was the coonhound trials. There was a swimming race where a scent was attached to a rope pulley over a small lake and the dogs were set to chase it by swimming through the lake, and another where the dogs were tested on how well they reacted to a 'treed' scent.

I have to say, most of the dogs there looked rather lumpen, so it's not just Darwin. ^_^

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bunn
15th Nov, 2011 09:06 (UTC)
Thanks! It is probably good news if Darwin is *supposed* to look lumpy. Though I'm not sure how I could go about making him less lumpen anyway. :-D
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