The American English Coonhound, sometimes called the English Coonhound or Redtick Coonhound, is a direct descendant of the English Foxhound. After Foxhounds were brought to the United States by early settlers in the 1600s, hunters used them to develop a new breed that had the size, speed, stamina and strength to hunt fox, raccoon and other animals, all day or all night, over rough terrain. American English Coonhounds are athletic animals with sleek silhouettes and powerful bodies. They are among the fastest of the six recognized Coonhound breeds. Their short, hard coats are easy to maintain, and they come in a variety of well-camouflaged colors that often are “ticked” or flecked. These are kind, intelligent, sociable dogs that make good family pets. However, above all they love to hunt and are outstanding companions for active hunters. Because they were bred to live and work peacefully in packs, American English Coonhounds tend to get along extremely well with other dogs. They have the resonant bawl typical of hound dogs, which makes them fairly good watch dogs.