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Redbone Coonhound

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A Devoted Dog

Easygoing, Loves to Hunt, Scenthound

Redbone Coonhounds are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Redbone Coonhounds, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Redbone Coonhounds and some can be quite irritating! 

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where the Redbone Coonhounds came from, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:21-27" Weight:45-65 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
1

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Always walk your Redbone Coonhound on a leash, they have a tendency to run off after interesting smells. They're a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active. They also love water, and swimming is a great form of exercise.

Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Redbone Coonhounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

The Redbone Coonhound is highly athletic and active outdoors, but with enough exercise and a confident owner they are a laid-back and gentle family companion.

Positive Traits:

  • Excellent hunting dog

  • Devoted, loyal, and protective

  • Good watchdog with a loud bark

  • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet

  • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

  • Intelligent and reliable

Negative Traits:

  • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively

  • Easily bored or distracted if not given something to do

  • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

  • Can be independent and strong-willed

Whether you are considering adding a new Redbone Coonhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Redbone Coonhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Redbone Coonhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Redbone Coonhound could encounter:

Hip Dysplasia

Eyelid Abnormality

Blindness

Coonhound Paralysis

Blood Disorder

The Redbone Coonhound originated in the Southern United States during the late 1800’s. Redbones were bred for looks as well as performance and are the only Coonhound with a solid color coat. They were bred mainly for treeing raccoons and hunting small game; they are able to cover a variety of terrain while maintaining their speed and agility. 

The Redbone Coonhound is an extremely vocal dog on the hunt and at home; they have a loud bay that can be heard from a great distance. Redbones are sociable, happy, and playful. They are eager to please and are more responsive to training than other hounds. Redbone Coonhounds enjoy attention from their family but are not overly demanding of affection. The Redbone Coonhound is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 11-12 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Redbone Coonhound shows signs of the following:

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Drooping or outward rolling eyelid, red eye(s)

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

  • Paralysis or loss of leg function

  • Care

    Routine Care: Always walk your Redbone Coonhound on a leash, they have a tendency to run off after interesting smells. They're a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active. They also love water, and swimming is a great form of exercise.

    Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Redbone Coonhounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    The Redbone Coonhound is highly athletic and active outdoors, but with enough exercise and a confident owner they are a laid-back and gentle family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Excellent hunting dog

    • Devoted, loyal, and protective

    • Good watchdog with a loud bark

    • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

    • Intelligent and reliable

    Negative Traits:

    • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively

    • Easily bored or distracted if not given something to do

    • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    • Can be independent and strong-willed

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Redbone Coonhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Redbone Coonhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Redbone Coonhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Redbone Coonhound could encounter:

    Hip Dysplasia

    Eyelid Abnormality

    Blindness

    Coonhound Paralysis

    Blood Disorder

  • History

    The Redbone Coonhound originated in the Southern United States during the late 1800’s. Redbones were bred for looks as well as performance and are the only Coonhound with a solid color coat. They were bred mainly for treeing raccoons and hunting small game; they are able to cover a variety of terrain while maintaining their speed and agility. 

    The Redbone Coonhound is an extremely vocal dog on the hunt and at home; they have a loud bay that can be heard from a great distance. Redbones are sociable, happy, and playful. They are eager to please and are more responsive to training than other hounds. Redbone Coonhounds enjoy attention from their family but are not overly demanding of affection. The Redbone Coonhound is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 11-12 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Redbone Coonhound shows signs of the following:

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Drooping or outward rolling eyelid, red eye(s)

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Paralysis or loss of leg function

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