COONHOUND. Renowned for his speed and endurance, the Coonhound has the strength, grace and attitude of a well-conditioned athlete. Capable of hunting fox and raccoon all night long, he has an effortless trot that shows off this endurance. The Coonhound evolved when descendants of English Foxhounds, which were known in the New World as Virginia Hounds, were bred to adapt to rougher terrain. Today's Coonhound is a wide-ranging hunter that possesses tremendous speed and excellent voice. The breed is pleasant, alert, confident and sociable with both humans and dogs, possessing a kind, "houndy" expression.