Owners who aren't prepared to offer patient, lifelong training and plenty of physical and mental stimulation might want to consider another breed. The American English Coonhound is the quintessential hound; one whiff of tempting prey and he's gone. Like other hounds, he's a combination of high-energy hunter and sweet, affectionate companion at home. Prone to distractions, your American English Coonhound puppy needs early repetitive and patient training. He's a great fit for an active owner who's ready to take on this indomitable athlete.