Dixie Coonhound Rescue is still here but we are still not accepting new hounds. We do, however, have some wonderful dogs that are still needing homes. Please take a look and adopt one today. Please email us for an application (see link below)
What is a Coonhound?
"Coonhound" is more of a type of hound than a specific breed. There are six different breeds that are considered Coonhounds: Plott Hounds, Redbone Hounds, Bluetick Hounds, Black & Tan Hounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds and English Coonhounds. They are all different, yet do share some of the same characteristics.
Most of the Coonhounds in this country are still being bred as working dogs. They're bred to be intelligent, independent, problem solving, hunting dogs. Does this rule them out as pets? NO!! I did mention that they're intelligent, didn't I? They can learn anything they put their minds to....and anything you have the time and patience to teach them. The dogs I have here in my home adapted quickly to being "house dogs". Most of them were house broken within a couple of weeks and learned to sit for treats even faster than that!
These dogs have been long overlooked as pets because of their hunting instincts. With a few precautions, they can and do become the best family companions even if they spent their first years in the woods hunting. A good fence is the main requirement. Their noses, even untrained noses, can and do get them in trouble when they're allowed to roam free.
With a little effort, they can be taught to leave small furry critters (like cats) alone in the house. But any dog will chase a cat if it runs from them. These dogs are no exception. There are two cats who graciously share their home here with these dogs....no running so no chasing.
Coonhounds, no matter which breed, are loyal, honest, loving, intelligent, sweet dogs that can be the best friends you could ever ask for. For the most part, they're pretty low maintenance. Keep those long, floppy ears clean and dry, brush them every now and then to get rid of old, loose fur and feed them. Take them out for regular exercise and their nails should only need an occasional trim.
It doesn't matter which breed of Coonhound you choose, you can't ask for a better, more loving friend.
Who We Are
Dixie Coonhound Rescue is a small, non-profit rescue dedicated to saving as many of these wonderful hounds as we can. We take coonhounds from shelters and abusive situations, rehabilitate them, love them and find them homes.
These dogs are not hunting dogs. They are pampered pets who are used to being in the house. If you are a hunter looking for another dog, please look elsewhere. These dogs are not for you. You absolutely MUST have a fence if you're considering adopting one of these hounds.
Adopting a friend
Dixie Coonhound Rescue requires an adoption application and contract to be filled out on each dog. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for copies.
Vet references and personal references are required and will be thoroughly checked. Home visits are also required.
A fenced in yard is also a requirement for adopting any of Dixie's dogs. A pen in the back yard is NOT acceptable. If you do not have a fenced in yard and intend to let the dog run loose, please don't bother to apply. All dogs are altered upon entering Dixie Coonhound Rescue as soon as our vets give the OK. No unaltered pets are allowed to be adopted through us.
We will honestly advise you of everything we know about the dog's background, our experience with them in their foster home and what the dog will need from you. We will have begun basic training, worked with any known problem behaviors, housebroken the dog and provided all necessary medical care.
We will expect you to continue this process and we will be there for you to guide and assist you in introducing the dog to your home and family, advise you as to how to continue their training and help you work through any situations you encounter and answer any questions you may have.
If at any time during the dog's life that you find yourself unable to continue caring for the dog, we will also be there to take the dog back into rescue. In fact, we insist on it and this will be part of our adoption agreement with you.
Come Visit Us!
Dixie Coonhound Rescue is run out of a private residence. If you're in the Moulton, AL area and would like to see some of Dixie's dogs, please call 256/318-7936 for directions.
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