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  • Temperament: Even-Tempered, Amiable, Eager to Please
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 143 of 194
  • Height: 22-27 inches (male), 21-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Hound Group

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

Redbone Coonhound standing sideways facing left
Redbone Coonhound
Redbone Coonhound

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

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.

HEAD

Expression – Pleading. Eyes – Dark brown to hazel in color, dark preferred. Set well apart. No drooping eyelids. Eyes round in shape. Faults-Yellow eyes, drooping eyelids. Ears – Set moderately low, fine in texture. Reaching near the end of the nose when stretched out. Proportioned to head. Faults -Stiff to the touch. Appearing to be attached only to the skin, instead of firmly attached to the head.

BODY

Neck – Medium in length, strong, slightly arched and held erect, denoting proudness. Throat – Slight fold of skin below the angle of jaw, clean throat is permissible. Faults – Too long, too thick, not in proportion with head and body. Topline – slightly taller at the withers than at the hips. Fault – Hips higher than withers. Body Chest – Deep, broad. Ribs – Well sprung to provide optimal lung capacity, denoting stamina. Back – Strong. Faults – Roach or sway back. Loin – Slightly arched. Tail – Medium length, very slight brush and saber-like. Faults – Not strong at root, heavy brush, Setter-like plume, curl tail.

FOREQUARTERS

Shoulders – Clean and muscular. Shoulder angulation should have a perfect 90-degree angle or close. Legs – Straight, well-boned. The forelegs will be set under dog and feet under his withers, not under ears. Pasterns – Straight, well set, clean and muscular, denoting both speed and strength. Faults – Forelegs crooked, out at elbows. Feet – Cat-paw type, compact, well padded. Toes – Stout, strong and well-arched. Nails – Well-set. Faults – Flat feet, open feet, hind dewclaws.

COAT

Short, smooth, coarse enough to provide protection.

HINDQUARTERS

Thighs – Clean and muscular. Fault – Cowhocked. Hindquarters should have the same angulation as the forequarters. Well boned.

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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, Redbones are fast and surefooted and move with a proud, determined gait.

National Breed Clubs and Rescue

Want to connect with other people who love the same breed as much as you do? We have plenty of opportunities to get involved in your local community, thanks to AKC Breed Clubs located in every state, and more than 450 AKC Rescue Network groups across the country.
Redbone Coonhound

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Care

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.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Specialty/Professional
Weekly Brushing

Shedding

Infrequent
Frequent
Seasonal

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.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Regular Exercise

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.

Trainability

May be Stubborn
Eager to Please
Easy Training

Temperament/Demeanor

Aloof/Wary
Outgoing
Friendly

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.

Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • No recommended health tests
Redbone Coonhound
Redbone Coonhound

History

Redbones are one of six hounds developed by American settlers to provide a steady source of raccoon meat and fur during the new nation’s expansion to the south and west. Coonhounds are often portrayed in pop culture as lazy ol’ dawgs snoozing away their lives on the front porch. But anyone who’s been on a “nite hunt” in pursuit of the wily, nocturnal raccoon will tell you that Redbones and their cooner cousins are among dogdom’s most tireless and tenacious pursuers.

Did You Know?

The Redbone descends from handsome red foxhounds brought to America by Scottish immigrants in the late 1700s and Red Irish Foxhounds were imported before the Civil War.
Redbone breeders, for a period of several years, concentrated on breeding a nearly solid-colored, flashy, red dog, bred also for looks.
The Redbone is an excellent choice for the hunter who wants an honest, versatile and capable trailer.
By the late 18th century, some coon hunters began breeding for hotter-nosed, faster dogs that were swifter at locating and faster at treeing raccoons.
The Redbone is widely used and acclaimed for its speed and agility from lowlands to steep, rocky hills.
The Redbone has been bred for the purpose of treeing game, and the treeing instinct is natural, as it has been bred into the Redbone for many generations.

The Breed Standard

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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.

HEAD

Expression – Pleading. Eyes – Dark brown to hazel in color, dark preferred. Set well apart. No drooping eyelids. Eyes round in shape. Faults-Yellow eyes, drooping eyelids. Ears – Set moderately low, fine in texture. Reaching near the end of the nose when stretched out. Proportioned to head. Faults -Stiff to the touch. Appearing to be attached only to the skin, instead of firmly attached to the head.

BODY

Neck – Medium in length, strong, slightly arched and held erect, denoting proudness. Throat – Slight fold of skin below the angle of jaw, clean throat is permissible. Faults – Too long, too thick, not in proportion with head and body. Topline – slightly taller at the withers than at the hips. Fault – Hips higher than withers. Body Chest – Deep, broad. Ribs – Well sprung to provide optimal lung capacity, denoting stamina. Back – Strong. Faults – Roach or sway back. Loin – Slightly arched. Tail – Medium length, very slight brush and saber-like. Faults – Not strong at root, heavy brush, Setter-like plume, curl tail.

FOREQUARTERS

Shoulders – Clean and muscular. Shoulder angulation should have a perfect 90-degree angle or close. Legs – Straight, well-boned. The forelegs will be set under dog and feet under his withers, not under ears. Pasterns – Straight, well set, clean and muscular, denoting both speed and strength. Faults – Forelegs crooked, out at elbows. Feet – Cat-paw type, compact, well padded. Toes – Stout, strong and well-arched. Nails – Well-set. Faults – Flat feet, open feet, hind dewclaws.

COAT

Short, smooth, coarse enough to provide protection.

HINDQUARTERS

Thighs – Clean and muscular. Fault – Cowhocked. Hindquarters should have the same angulation as the forequarters. Well boned.

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Colors & Markings

Colors

Description Standard Colors Registration Code
RED Check Mark For Standard Color 140

Markings

Description Standard Markings Registration Code
WHITE MARKINGS Check Mark For Standard Mark 014