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Redbone Coonhound


Redbone Coonhound Facts

  • Group
  • Hound
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 21" - 27"
  • Weight
  • 50-70 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Red
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

None known.


The Redbone coonhound originated in Tennessee and Georgia, United States.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1840's.


Scottish immigrants brought handsome red foxhounds to America in the late 1700s, and Red Irish Foxhounds were imported before the Civil War. By the late 18th century, some coon hunters began breeding for hotter-nosed, faster dogs that were swifter at locating and faster at treeing raccoons. They used the hot, swift Irish hounds in their breeding programs and the Redbone Coonhound evolved into a recognized, respected breed well before 1900.

While other coonhound breeders selected only for function, Redbone breeders, for a period of several years, concentrated on breeding a nearly solid-colored, flashy, red dog. As soon as the eye-catching color bred true, these serious hunters once again selected for performance. Today both attributes are well established in the breed.


This is a large, muscular dog that is square in shape. It has a broad head, square muzzle, and large black nose. The oval eyes are hazel to dark brown and the drop ears are long and finely leathered. There is a strong neck, deep chest and sabre like tail. The feet are cat like. The coat is short and smooth and solid red, although there may be a dark muzzle and white markings on the brisket and feet.


The breed is even-tempered and trainable in the home, and wants to please its owner. It is amenable to formal training. The Redbone?s short, smooth coat requires only occasional brushing and bathing. This is a vocal breed and if you are considering owning one, be prepared for the dog to bark on a regular basis. This is not something you can break them of, it is just part of the breed.


Widely-used and acclaimed for its speed and agility from lowlands to steep, rocky hills, the Redbone Coonhound is an adaptable hunter with a good, cold nose. An excellent swimmer with a pleasant, if not constant voice, the Redbone is an excellent choice for the hunter who wants an honest, versatile and capable trailer. From the beginning, the Redbone has been bred for the purpose of treeing game, and the treeing instinct is natural, as it has been bred into the Redbone for many generations.

Health Concerns

None known.

Additional Information

The Redbone does best with an active family that wants to include their dog in most daily activities. It requires room to run and attention from the family.

Show Sources & Contributors +


Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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