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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.


13th Nov, 2011 23:11 (UTC)
Raccoon seems a more likely possibility but you have to wonder ;-)
13th Nov, 2011 23:38 (UTC)
If you mean escaped slaves, it is usually said that they used bloodhounds for that. Bloodhounds are specifically developed to hunt human beings, because they are very difficult to hide a scent from, even if it is very cleverly disguised.

Coonhounds are specifically bred to hunt things that climb trees. You let them loose in a wood, where they work independently to chase whatever they can find until it goes up a tree - then they stop at the bottom of the tree and bark persistently until the hunter catches up with them. Tests of coonhound training involve the ability to go on giving voice for hours on end. (The hunter eventually turns up and blasts whatever it is up the tree with a shotgun. Sophisticated! )

Possibly you could hunt people with coonhounds, but coonhounds are not particularly large, and are not developed to grab their prey but to tree it so I'm not sure they would be particularly well adapted for the job. (Bloodhounds usually hunt on lead, rather than independently like coonhounds or foxhounds)

The modern guard dog which can be released to take down a suspect on command but also walk safely through a crowd of strangers seems to be quite a modern notion: I am really not convinced that in the American Deep South, they would have had the ability to train dogs so precisely, to bring a specific human being to bay without being a general menace.
13th Nov, 2011 23:44 (UTC)
... though no doubt it would be very scary if you *thought* you were being hunted by coonhounds, even if the dogs were actually just running round chasing random squirrels & raccoons and had no idea what they were advertised as doing.
15th Nov, 2011 06:37 (UTC)
I think it would be scary if you thought you were being hunted by a pack of almost any* dog.

*With certain exceptios: Peke, Yorkie ...
15th Nov, 2011 08:36 (UTC)
You aren't scared of Yorkies? I'm bloody terrified of Yorkies, they yap and eat your fingers. Am always completely amazed that we get a queue for any Yorkie, no matter how savage the little monster is...

Give me a nice pit bull any day!
15th Nov, 2011 08:37 (UTC)
...Peke, I'll give you - the poor little creatures are so overbred they can barely breathe without assistance. :-(
18th Nov, 2011 08:35 (UTC)
For myself, I find them annoying, but not scary.
14th Nov, 2011 09:29 (UTC)
Bloodhounds usually hunt on lead, rather than independently like coonhounds or foxhounds)

Not nowadays in the UK where there are a number of packs that hunt 'drag' off the lead. I remember looking out of the car window and wondering why the heck there were so many bloodhounds running around one day...
14th Nov, 2011 10:50 (UTC)
Very different, hunting a willing quarry that's not going to fight back and is deliberately laying scent rather than trying to obscure it, I would have thought.
14th Nov, 2011 13:46 (UTC)
As far as I know, bloodhounds have never been any use in actually capturing humans - or anything else. Like the your friend the coonhound or a Saint Bernard their job is simply to find, not to capture. That's why the police use them on leads. Hunting with packs is for fun...

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