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Redbone Coonhound – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 50 to 70 pounds
Height: 21 to 27 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Redbone Coonhound, Dog Breed Guide


One of the ancestors of the American bred Redbone Coonhound was dog called as Saddlebacks. These dogs had red and black markings on their backs that are shaped like horse saddles. Years of selective breeding managed to breed out this saddle markings and this led to the birth of a solid red coated dog that we known today as the Redbone Coonhound.

Official Name

Redbone Coonhound


Date – Sometime between the 18th and 19th century
Country – United States
Family / Group – Scent Hound, Hound, Coonhound

Recognized By:
Continental Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc. American Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The initial breeding and development of the Redbone Coonhound dog breed happened sometime between the 18th and 19th century in the United States. This coonhound breed is the result of crossing the Irish Foxhound with the red foxhound dogs that were brought to America by Scottish and Irish immigrants. Redbone Coonhounds were specifically bred for their intense skills when treeing raccoon. Pioneer breeders also bred them for their red coloring. It is known today as a highly skill treeing dog, but also used in trailing game like a traditional scent hounds.


The Redbone Coonhound behaves differently when working and when at home. Out on the field, they are dogs that will be intense and hardworking hunters. At home, these coonhounds are easy-going and will display gentleness. They are intelligent hounds that are eager to please. Among all other scent hound breeds, the Redbone Coonhound is considered to be one of the most highly trainable dogs. They are dogs that will get along with almost everyone.

Bred For

Redbone Coonhounds were bred originally as treeing raccoon, that can also adapt as hunters of other games such as big cats. Today they are primarily bred to as hunters of raccoon but also gaining popularity as companion pets.


Sufficiently exercised Redbone Coonhounds will be okay to keep as apartment dogs. These coonhounds can sleep outdoors as they have an all-weather coat that protects these dogs from the elements.


Redbone Coonhounds will only require minimum grooming attention. Brushing their coat occasionally will be sufficient. They are dogs that shed hair lightly.


Redbone Coonhounds that are kept as hunting dogs should be trained for tracking and hunting which will be easy provided that they are trained early during their puppy stage. If these coonhounds are kept as family pets, they should be trained for housebreaking. They are known to mature slower that other dog breeds but having them trained for housebreaking will be possible. Both hunting dogs and family pets should be trained for obedience. Inexperienced dog owners are advised to hire a professional trainer to have them well trained.


This is one of the healthiest hound breeds known today. There are some lines of Redbone Coonhounds known to be afflicted with hip dysplasia, it is not common to this breed but it does occasionally happen.


Redbone Coonhounds are naturally very active dogs that demand plenty of physical exercise to remain fit both mentally and physically. Taking these dogs on walks every day or having them as jogging mates is recommended.