Redbone Coonhound


A medium to large sized Redbone Coonhound
Redbone Coonhound Quick Summary
Also Known AsRedbone Hound
Height (at withers)21-27in (53-66cm)
Weight50-70lbs (23-32kg)
Hair Colour(s)Red
Lifespan11-12 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size6-10
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityLow
Aggression levelsMedium
Distress if leftMedium

The Redbone Coonhound is a medium to large sized robust looking dog. The body is lean with a deep chest, well sprung ribs, a slightly sloping topline, long straight legs and a long tail held upright. The head is flat with a square muzzle, large open nostrils, pendulous ears, and dark pleading eyes. The coat is short and smooth, and the colouring tends to be red, sometimes with a little white.


Redbone Coonhounds are surprisingly affectionate and happy dogs. Having even temperaments, they like being around their people and make good companions and family pets when raised indoors from puppyhood. Potential owners should be aware that these dogs can drool, but on the flip-side they have an oddly pleasant sounding bark. They are eager and trainable but can also be stubborn. These dogs need calm and confident owners that will show consistent leadership, and so are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training. Redbone Coonhounds get along fine with older, more considerate children when correctly socialised, but care is needed around other pets, especially smaller ones as they will want to chase them. These are alert dogs that also make good watchdogs.

History & Skills

Redbone Coonhounds originate from the USA, and descend from Foxhounds imported from Europe, although their exact origins are unclear. Many raccoon hunters owned red dogs with excellent raccoon tracking and treeing skills, but that had unknown ancestry, and they simply called their dogs Redbone. Following a desire for even more speed and better senses of scent, breeders developed the dog during the 1800s to what it is today. The breed was a success, and they are able to find and tree raccoons faster than many other Coonhounds. They are still used for hunting raccoons and as companion dogs, but are rare outside the USA.

Breed Specific Ailments

Redbone Coonhounds tend to live between 11-12 years. Some of the health problems noted in this breed includes hip dysplasia, common in many larger dogs.


Redbone Coonhounds are low shedders, and so they can be suited to those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are low too, and their coats will only need occasional brushing.

Exercise & Environment

Redbone Coonhounds can live outdoors thanks to their all-weather coats but also live indoors too. They can even be suitable for small homes such as apartments when sufficiently exercised. They tend to fairly inactive when indoors but will will need an outside areas plus a daily walk or jog. These are born natural hunters that have a tendency to run off and exercise this skill, and so any outside areas will need to be secure and they should be kept on a leash in public places. These dogs also like to swim.


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