Redbone Coonhound



The Redbone Coonhound was developed in Georgia (located in the southeastern United States) in the beginning of the 19th century. This breed was originally intended to hunt raccoon, wild boar, lynx and puma. Redbone Coonhounds quickly gained popularity among farmers and hunters because of their agility, speed, a keen sense of smell, and their ability to hunt in any weather and in any terrain. However, these dogs are not only good hunters, but also a wonderful family companion. In 2009, the Redbone Coonhound was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Height: 21-27 inches  Weight: 45-70 pounds  Lifespan: 11-15 years


The Redbone Coonhound is a strong and muscular breed that swims perfectly thanks to its webbed paws. Redbone Coonhounds have large expressive eyes, long ears and proud bearing. In general, the dog looks bright and impressive. Comparable Breeds: The American Foxhound and Black and Tan Coonhound.


Redbone Coonhounds are faithful, affectionate, energetic and self-willed. Although this dog breed gets along well with children, they should not be left unmonitored, considering the Redbone Coonhound’s size. Also, Redbone Coonhounds do well with other dog breeds but are not recommended for families with small pets, since they have a highly developed hunting instinct. This breed can be calm and good-natured family friend and, furthermore, a ferocious and aggressive hunter. It is characterized by excessive salivation and a propensity for constant barking. In addition, the Redbone has a keen sense of smell. Moreover, he is in American literature described as ‘Google’ for odors. This dog breed cannot serve as a guard, because it does not distinguish familiar from unfamiliar people. Redbone Coonhounds are very kind, friendly, reliable and enthusiastic.

Coat / Care:

The Redbone Coonhound has a short, rough, smooth and glossy coat, lying close to the body. Redbones usually come in deep red, with a small amount of white on the chest and feet. The muzzle is black. This breed sheds minimally, which makes it rather easy to maintain. Hence, Redbone Coonhounds require periodical cleaning and brushing with a hard, bristle brush. Bathe your pet only in case of necessity, but make sure to regularly check upon the dog’s ears and feet. This breed is generally very healthy, with no major health concerns.


The Redbone Coonhound is intelligent and very eager to learn. However, early obedience training and socialization are a must for this breed. Education should be based on fairness, respect and consistency.


Since the Redbone Coonhound requires a great deal of physical activity in order to stay healthy, he is not suited for apartment living. Hence, Redbone Coonhounds thrive in a big house with a large, well-fenced yard. These dogs love hunting, swimming, running and enjoy spending time with their family.

Photo credit: Tim Chilcott/Wikimedia

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