Redbone Coonhound

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family friendly:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Hounding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 50-70 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden


Life Expectancy: About 11-12 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Redbone Coonhound is a pure breed of dog which is typically used for hunting bears, raccoons and cougars. They are agile enough that they are used to hunt from swamplands to mountains and as water dogs. The dog is known for its flashy red coat. They are versatile workers and possess the ability to hunt and swim without losing their speed and agility.

The dog is handsome, robust and strong coonhound. They are even-tempered and trainable at home as they are eager to please their owners. The Redbone's short, smooth coat only requires minimal grooming. The breed is originally developed as a hunting dog but they are also wonderful companions and family pets.


The color of the dog's coat is always a solid red. The color should be a rich, deep red although the breed standard allows for a dark muzzle and a small amount of white on their chest and feet. This dog is the only coonhound having one solid color.


The dog's coat is short and smooth against the body. The coarseness of it provides enough protection to their skin while hunting through dense under bush. It requires only simple grooming. The coat also serves as a good insulation for all weather conditions.


These dogs are mellow, happy and even tempered dogs. They are also very affectionate to their owners and other people as well. They get along well with children especially children used to dogs and are willing to play. Their bark has a loud, very pleasant sound and when left alone at home, their bark tends to turn into a howl which isn't very pleasant to the ears. These dogs can be happy just by simply being with their family. They are very energetic dogs that needs plenty of activities or else will misbehave by being destructive. Their hunting instincts will kick in most of the time and they would chase small animals that they did not grow up with. Always keep them on a leash during walks to avoid a great chase.


The Redbone Coonhound's short smooth single layer coat requires simple grooming. Make sure that they are always clean as dogs that go in and out of the house. They enjoy being outside and romping around when the weather is nice and he will get dirty especially if they are chasing an animal. Check him always for ticks and other insects when they come back from a walk or jog outside. Brushing regularly with a firm bristle brush is about all they need with the short coat. Grooming is important for the Redbone Coonhound as it keeps them looking at their best and it's a way to possibly alert owners to any unusual health problems. It is also a great way to bond with them. Keep their ears clean and dry as it is important especially for dogs with drooped ears and spends a lot of time outdoors. Bathing should only be done as needed while keeping their ears dry during the process. If they go outdoors during a wet and rainy weather, the dog will be more susceptible to ear infections if they are not properly dried. Common health problems for this dog include hip dysplasia, arthritis, overweight, eye diseases or disorders. They are usually a healthy breed that can live up to 11-12 years on the average.


As a hunting dog, their training would involve mostly tracking and hunting most of the time. However, there are other trainings he will need from the time he is a young puppy. If he will be a house pet, he will need housebreaking. Compared to other dogs, they mature slower but housebreaking can still be successful. Obedience training, as for all dogs, is very important. As a medium-sized dog, they need to learn the basic commands of sit, down, stay and come. Owners need to be consistent on following through it so as not to confuse the dog. Owners can hire a trainer if they don't have the time to do the training. At a young age, training this dog can be a bit of a challenge as they mature slower both mentally and physically. Thus, they will have the puppy behavior much longer than other dogs. Once they mature, they would learn much quicker.


These dogs need plenty of physical exercise as they are too energetic. As they thrive on hunting and chasing, they do best when they are allowed to do this. They are wonderful hunting dogs. They should be taken out to their daily walk or jog even if they do enjoy being indoors with their family as they are also prone to becoming lazy and overweight. If they become overweight, he will not be productive during hunting. Keep these dogs stimulated mentally and physically to avoid becoming bored. A bored dog can become destructive. As a hunting dog, they have the hunting instinct by nature. If they are left alone too often, they will roam and go hunting on their own. They are intelligent and are great problem solvers, that they will be able to find a way out if there is any. If they are confined indoors, they would love to go out for walks and runs daily. Keep them on the leash at all times to avoid a chase if they encounter another animal or their hunting instinct suddenly kicks in.

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