Redbone Coonhound

Temperament: Even-Tempered, Amiable, Eager to Please

  • Height: 22-27 inches (male), 21-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Hound Group 

The streamlined Redbone Coonhound, an American original, is even-tempered, mellow, and kindly at home but a tiger on the trail. Vigorous activities like hunting and swimming between long periods of rest is the rhythm of coonhound life.


Hunted from swamplands to mountains, the Redbone is surefooted and swift, even on the most difficult terrain. Well-balanced, with a flashy red coat and excellent cold nose, the powerfully built Redbone mingles handsome looks with a confident air and fine hunting talents.

About the Redbone Coonhound

Redbones are medium-to-large hound dogs whose muscles undulate beneath a sleek and stunning red coat. The overall impression is that a master sculptor carved them from blocks of the finest mahogany. The classically houndy head is flanked by ears long enough to reach the nose. Dreamy brown eyes give the face an expression described by the breed’s devotees as “pleading.”

Bred to work on all kinds of punishing terrain, Red-bones are fast and surefooted and move with a proud, determined gait.

NUTRITION The Redbone Coonhound should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

GROOMING The Redbone Conhound’s short, smooth, protective coat requires a minimum of care. Using a shedding tool or grooming mitt at least weekly will help keep shedding to a minimum. This action also distributes skin oils down the hair shaft, giving his coat a natural shine. Nails should be trimmed once a month, and a bath every four to six weeks will keep the coat and skin clean and healthy. The Redbone’s ears should be checked weekly and cleaned of any excess wax and debris as needed.

EXERCISE The Redbone Coonhound is a friendly, energetic canine athlete and makes a wonderful companion for someone who is an active runner, biker, or hiker. He needs a lot of physical activity to stay healthy and happy. The breed has a very strong instinct to follow his nose and go off after prey, so he should never be allowed off leash in an uncontrolled situation.

TRAINING As with all breeds, early socialization and puppy training classes are recommended. Redbones are devoted companions and are very versatile, excelling in a range of venues, including coonhound trials and canine sports such as agility. Most of all they are great family dogs, very loving and loyal.

HEALTH Redbone Coonhounds are generally healthy dogs. Responsible breeders test their stock for health concerns and communicate with other dedicated breeders regularly, working together for breed health and preservation of the breed’s unique qualities. A Redbone’s ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection, and the teeth should be brushed often, using a toothpaste formulated for dogs. Regular visits to the vet for checkups and parasite control help to ensure the dog a long, healthy life.

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