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Where Are the American English Coonhounds?

GCH CH Alexanders Color Me Bad Ginn

I remember when my first child was still small that someone older and wiser gave me a very good piece of parenting advice, “Make your child entertain himself. If you keep choosing his activities, he will never find what he is really interested in.” Well, I was raised on, “An idle mind is the Devil’s workshop.” However, now that I am retired, I find that a curious mind is never idle.

While I was in Louisville, I found I was woefully ignorant of some of our new breeds. I found myself at ringside asking people in the gallery, “What is that breed?“ I took no comfort in the fact that my ignorance was shared by a large number of those at ringside. Once I got home, I decided to review the breed information on our newer breeds. While doing this, I noticed a couple of interesting items. While most breeds enter the AKC registry at the end of the line, some of our more recent additions have catapulted into the top half of the registry.

The Dogue de Bordeaux joined us in 2008, was 68th in the registry in 2010 and moved up to 66th in 2011. The dog made famous by the movie, “Turner and Hootch,” has a healthy presence in the show ring, making a big impact at the Kentuckiana Cluster this year with a closing day entry of 87. The Cane Corso was admitted in 2010 and immediately took up residence in the top third of AKC’s breeds as the 51st most popular breed. However, the breed slipped to the 67th spot last year. Nonetheless, it is still more popular than most of the Hounds and Terriers. There were 22 Cane Corso entered in the Evansville Kennel Club’s show on Saturday in Louisville this year.

The dog that surprised me was the newly admitted American English Coonhound, currently sitting in the top fifth of the registry at Number 33. Now that’s pretty amazing. The American English Coonhound is more popular than any other Hound, save the Dachshund (all three varieties). There were seven of the breed in Louisville with only one special. Now, here’s what really disturbs me. I cannot find a single American English Coonhound listed at any of the all-breed shows last weekend. Now as far as I know there was no American English Coonhound National Specialty last weekend nor an American English Coonhound field trial nor an American English Coonhound march on Washington. So where are all these American English Coonhounds?

You AEC enthusiasts need to get your breed out there so ignoramuses like me can get familiar with the breed and help spread the word about AKC’s Number Two most popular Hound. And that’s today’s Back Story.

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Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.
  • Kathleen H Sauve' March 29, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    There are five of them, (AEC), entered @ the Saginaw K.C. next weekend in MI, Billy.

    • Billy Wheeler
      Billy Wheeler March 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Great! I will be in Kalamazoo the end of May. Hopefully, I will get to see some AEC & talk to some breeders & owners.

    • Tony January 1, 2013 at 5:31 AM

      You had some interesting casmoripons to Am Foxes in your article and that was very helpful for people to compare the 2 breeds. However please read the history in the AKC standards. You will see that our Treeing Walkers are called the people’s choice among all coonhound breeds. The energetic Treeing Walker is perfectly suited for the task for which it was bred- tracking and treeing wild raccoons in their natural haunts. The Breeds competitive spirit makes it an ideal choice for competitive coonhound events where the breed excels. The Treeing Walker coonhound is alert, intelligent, active, courteous, and courageous with extreme endurance and the desire to perform.this is directly out of the AKC judges standards book . , .Nancy Winton, UKC/AKC bench show judge, and presenter for parent club approved judges seminars on Treeing Walkers.

  • Collin April 2, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    I think most of those Coonhounds are at Coonhound trials! I learned a little something about the AKC Coonhound breeds recently when I went to http://www.akccoonhounds.org.

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