Redbone Coonhound

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Redbone Coonhound At a Glance

Country of Origin:

United States

Breed Group:

AKC (Hound); UKC (Scenthound)


Large.Weight: 45–70 lbs Height: 21–27 inches


Short and smooth.


Solid Red preferred

Life Span:

12 to 14 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The Redbone Coonhound has a loud yet sweet voice.

Redbone Coonhound Overview

The Redbone Coonhound is a US breed of dog most popularized by their portrayal in literary works such as Where the Red Fern Grows. The breed was brought to the US in the 1700s and was a combination of red-colored foxhounds from England and Ireland bred together. The breed was then fine-tuned in the US to be faster and have a stronger nose than other hounds.


Redbone Coonhound Characteristics

The Redbone is best-known for his innate ability to track, find and tree raccoons. They have a distinct baying bark as well as the typical long floppy hound ears of many other hound breeds. Redbones are fully red bodied, with long legs and a narrow tail. Their excellence at hunting keeps them in use as a hunter today.


Redbone Coonhound Temperament

The Redbone is a natural hunter and shines the most when he is doing what he loves. These are dogs that should be kept working if possible. When not at work, the Redbone makes a great family pet and is loving, easy-going and sweet natured. They do well with families, especially those with children and other pets.



Redbone Coonhound Care

Redbones live on average 12 to 14 years, typical for a medium-large breed dog. A few health concerns include hip dysplasia, eye issues, and epilepsy. Their long droopy ears also make them more prone to ear infections, so ears should be checked and cleaned regularly to help prevent occurrence.


Redbone Coonhound Coat

The coat of the Redbone is very easy to care for. The coat is short and smooth and only needs occasional brushing or combing over with a firm bristle brush. This will help remove dead hairs and stimulate growth of new hairs, keeping the coat looking its best.




Redbone Coonhound Training

The Redbone may take longer than other dogs to mature, so training may be slow going at first. Patience, creative training methods and positive reinforcement will help the breed to learn obedience more quickly. When it comes to hunting, however, the breed is a natural and will pick it up quickly.


Redbone Coonhound Activity

Redbones love nothing more than to be out hunting. Outdoor activity, tracking, and hunting are all preferred activities to keep the breed mentally and physically sound. Redbones also enjoy swimming activities. Anything that involves the outdoors is the perfect way to keep the Redbone Coonhound active.

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