I had coon hounds for twenty some years; actually enjoyed coon huntin more than you can imagine, spending nights in the woods with friends and our dogs. Only hunted rabbits with beagles a few times. We still keep plotts as house dogs, luv them hounds so much.
Don't go buying some high priced coon hound, they are usually so driven, they will run off game if they say see deer in an apple orchard. Good pleasure hounds that are straight, never put a possum down a hole, and give ya years of fun are easily bought for 100-200 bucks. You can train a pup, but they all don't pan out as others do, and you'll be better served with an older well adjusted dog. Ya got to meet some of the local coon hunters to find one, and with prices so low, probably easy enough to pick up a decent dog. If ya buy a pup, when you go see the litter, take some hot dogs and throw pieces around in the tall grass, see which pup finds the most, always worked for me. Some pups are just natural born and others not as good.
When I was a kid, I'd get $35 apiece for coon, skinned or unskinned as long as they were normal size. On a good night, I'd get 8-10 coon and I made more money as a kid coon huntin than I did working at a gas station, when I was 16 that is.
I wanted to try bear hunting with dogs and maybe lynx too, but so rugged and no roads where we live. We got grizz & blk bear around the house; lynx & wolves too. Trouble is ya can't hunt dogs where we live, just feed the wolves. I had a buddy that shipped a couple bear hounds up to Alaska from Montana; ended up having both of them killed by wolves. So mine as house dogs and great at that; they keep everything goin along on the straight & narrow. Over the years, we had red bones, blk& tans, blueticks, now plotts. Plotts are the most sociable and like pets. All the rest, were outside dogs on chains. Just don't look for the best dog, look for the most straight that won't come back with a face full of quills, down their throat and all.
My dogs nowadays here in Alaska.