Redbone Coonhound

Native to the United States of America, the Redbone Coonhound is one of America's most popular dogs, with appearances in novels and movies. Their build, agility, and temperament aid this hunting breed in adapting to different types of terrain. The Redbone Coonhound's bloodline can be traced to the red foxhounds that Scottish immigrants brought over during the late 18th century, as well as the ones imported from Ireland before the American Civil War. Breeders from the American South, particularly Tennessee and Georgia, wanted a dog with unparalleled speed and sense of scent. Initially the resulting dogs were called “Saddlebacks,” due to the black saddle markings on the red coats. However, selective breeding eventually eliminated the black-saddle dogs, with the solid red ones appropriately named “Redbone.” The Redbone Coonhound was used for hunting raccoons, bears, and cougars, and they have the ability to climb trees, wade in water, and traverse swamp lands and mountains.

The Redbone Coonhound is perhaps best known for its distinctive red coat, which consists of short and smooth hairs. There is some white on the chest, however, and the nose is always black. The dog is lean and muscular with long tail and straight legs and wide chest, which is typical of the coonhound subgroup. The dog's downcast facial expression consists of long, drooping ears and sorrowful dark brown or hazel eyes. Males of the breed usually stand at 22 to 27 inches (56 to 68 ½ centimeters). Females are generally shorter at 21 to 26 inches (53 to 66 cm). Weight ranges from 45 to 70 pounds (20 ½ to 31 ¾ kilograms). Personality: The Redbone Coonhound are natural hunters, which makes it extremely easy to train for hunting game. However, owners should be careful with the dog around smaller animals, such as cats; if not raised with them, the hound can mistake them for raccoons. The Redbone Coonhound is a generally happy dog that can be very affectionate and gives a pleasant-sounding bark.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
United States
Function
Life Span
10-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Redbone Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
41 - 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Redbone Coonhound is perhaps best known for its distinctive red coat, which consists of short and smooth hairs. There is some white on the chest, however, and the nose is always black. The dog is lean and muscular with long tail and straight legs and wide chest, which is typical of the coonhound subgroup. The dog's downcast facial expression consists of long, drooping ears and sorrowful dark brown or hazel eyes.

Males of the breed usually stand at 22 to 27 inches (56 to 68 ½ centimeters).

Females are generally shorter at 21 to 26 inches (53 to 66 cm). Weight ranges from 45 to 70 pounds (20 ½ to 31 ¾ kilograms).

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The Redbone Coonhound are natural hunters, which makes it extremely easy to train for hunting game. However, owners should be careful with the dog around smaller animals, such as cats; if not raised with them, the hound can mistake them for raccoons. The Redbone Coonhound is a generally happy dog that can be very affectionate and gives a pleasant-sounding bark.

Appearance

Colors
Red Red & White
Shedding
None
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Fine

As mentioned earlier, the Redbone Coonhound has a short and smooth coat. As a result, it requires little or no grooming. Only a combing or brushing once in a while is necessary for removing dead hairs.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
No
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
Yes
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • The Redbone Coonhound has been registered with the United Kennel Club (UKC) since 1904
  • The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Redbone Coonhound as a hunting breed in 2009
  • The Redbone Coonhound is the “hound” in The Fox and the Hound, a 1967 novel by Daniel P
  • Mannix that was turned into a Walt Disney animated film in 1981
  • The Redbone Coonhound has a lifespan of 11 to 12 years

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Common Health Conditions in Redbone Coonhounds

The Redbone Coonhound is usually a healthy breed. However, some of them have had an occurrence of hip dysplasia, so owners are encouraged to test their hounds for this ailment.

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