Coonhound (the English: Coon = raccoon; Hound = hound or hunting dog) It is a breed of dog of American origin which, It consists of a group of six different types of hounds. The "Coondogs" (or "raccoon dogs", as they tend to call them) they are highly valued in United States.
During the colonial period, several hunting dogs were imported because of the popular sport of the moment, Fox hunting. Various breeds of hunting dogs were imported from England, Ireland and France, and the particular mix of these different races form the initial genetic composition of dogs which became known later, as dogs Virginia.
At the time the existing hunting dogs, were considered inadequate or rather incomplete, because I could only focus on hunting animals hiding close to the ground, but they could not with those who were hiding in the cup of the trees, as raccoons, opossums, the Wildcats and even larger prey, as Cougars and bears.
The dogs were confused, They despistaban and in turn were unable to keep track of the dam, years. At that time, to take refuge in trees escaping. It was for that reason that cross mediantes, they managed a wide variety of dogs that might be able to track animals refugees at the cup of the trees. Above all, raccoons.
The race name derives from its original use in the hunt for raccoons.
This was the case that this group of dogs were developed trying to highlight and increase your best features: an acute sense of smell, the ability of tracking, pursue tirelessly its prey regardless of human orders, both on the ground as when they were hiding in the trees Cup. Y, especially guard cornered prey until the Hunter arrived. In addition, they are excellent in the delivery of all types of dam, If adequate training.
The Coonhound breed, the history is you have been adding different lines of Hounds in order to improve their skills, as the tracking, and physical as the shape of their feet characteristics, some Coonhound have webbed toes to deal with the rivers and swamps, so common in their usual hunting territory.
The Coonhound may hunt individually or Pack. In general, the hunters do not pursue their prey with the hounds, Unlike the fox hunting organized who do. In this case, just waiting to hear the distinctive howl to determine if a raccoon or other animal, It has been cornered.
There are six individual breeds of Coonhound:
- Black and Tan Coonhound
- Bluetick Coonhound
- Coonhound English
- Basset Hound
- Redbone Coonhound
- Treeing Walker Coonhound
In the rural area of the Colbert County, Alabama ((UNITED STATES)UU.) "there is a so-called graveyard"Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard”, reserved specifically for the burial of raccoon dogs (Coonhound).
A group of American troops, He chose this place because it had been a very popular hunting camp and the 4 in September of 1937 they buried a Coonhound (raccoon dog), property of the troop. Thus the cemetery was opened in memory of these precious hounds. He became an emblematic place, with the passage of the tiempo…en the 2007 more than 185 dogs were buried there.
In order to have a headstone there, a corner in the cemetery, Dogs must meet three requirements:
- The owner has to prove (by primer and pedigree) its mascot is a dog authentic Coonhound.
- A witness must declare that the deceased is a Coonhound.
- A member of the "Coonhunter organization" of the place where resided the can must be authorized by the owner to see the deceased pet and declare the can as a genuine Coonhound.
The cemetery has the same format as a graveyard of human, There you will see tombstones of all kinds and details. Each 4 September (The day in United States), "for quite some time the"Tennessee Valley Coon Hunter ’ s Association"sponsor a meeting in the cemetery to offer homage to the opening of the same" (at the labour day on 1937). The celebration includes music, dance, Food and contests. They attend the event, often, local politicians.
"Work Day" or labor day, It is a federal holiday that is celebrated in United States the first Monday in September. It has its origin in a parade held the 5 in September of 1882 in New York organized by the Nobles of the order of the Knights of labour (Knights of Labor). Inspired by a similar annual event held in Toronto (Canada). In 1884 Another parade took place and the Knights of Labor decided to do so annually.
Other organizations, mostly the affiliated with the first international, they preferred the 1 may, date that recalls the beginning in 1886 of a strike demanding the eight-hour day and which had led to the revolt of Haymarket, Chicago, three days later, the 4 may. President Grover Cleveland believed that the holiday of the 1 would be an opportunity for disorders. Therefore, fearing that it would reinforce the Socialist Movement, rapidly in 1887 He gave his support to the position of the Knights of work and the date for the day of work.
Since unlike most of the countries, United States celebrates the day of the work on a different date.