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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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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 :-/
smillaraaq
24th Nov, 2011 02:43 (UTC)
Awww, bless...I'm sure some nice healthful exercise and play will do the old boy wonders!

This site looks to be run by active hunting-coonhound enthusiasts and has quite a few photos of the different breed types, links to breeders' sites with more photos, etc. -- the general conformation of most of those dogs is more on foxhoundish sort of lines through the body, although often a bit heavier in the skull, bigger-eared and jowlier and so on. My grandfather kept working coonhounds for much of his life, mostly blueticks, and while they were long before my time, the hounds in his old family photos definitely had waistlines!

I still wouldn't be hugely shocked if he was possibly mixed with something, as I know that a lot of the hunting enthusiasts here will tend to purpose-breed non-registered working coonhounds, pigdogs, etc. from a mix of their favored types -- and of course there are always the odd chance-bred mixes from strays and careless pet owners; coonhound mixes are sadly not at all uncommon in some Southern shelters. This dedicated rescue has pics of a few random coonhound mixes, for instance: http://www.carolinacoonhoundrescue.com/Happy_Endings.html; the shelter where I adopted my pibble and elkhound regularly brings in dogs from some more overstretched rural shelters, and those transfer pups tend to be mostly similar coonhoundy and beagly types.
bunn
24th Nov, 2011 08:52 (UTC)
If you look at him from above, he does have a waist - it's just... sagged a bit :-D

Darwin has only ever been a pet, according to previous owner, and I'm sure they didn't select Puppy Darwin for his fine working lines, there could be a bit of anything in there! (X potato, possibly :-D)

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