He is a handsome devil!
The Redbone Coonhound Dog Breed has looks that could kill. But let us assure you that these guys are much more than just a handsome package. You see, these guys are truly a marvelous physical specimen, blessed with supremely athletic attributes that allow them to excel at just about all dog sports.
He is a truly American breed, developed in the United States, and often referred to as the Red Dog because of his beautiful red-colored all-weather coat.
A hunting dog like no other. Not only is he an impressive looking dog, he is also a ruthless hunter. This dog was specifically bred for hunting raccoons and other small animals. He has incredible hunting instincts, comparable with other ruthless hunters such as cougars and bears.
All Coonhounds come under a category of hunting dogs referred to as scent hounds. Which means that if you’re looking for a dog breed to compare him or her too, you’ll also want to look at similar scent hounds such as the:
- Bluetick Coonhound,
- Black and Tan Coonhound,
- English Foxhound,
- Plott Hound,
- American English Coonhound,
- and the Treeing Walker Coonhound.
We should also note that…
The Redbone Coonhound was developed from the American Foxhound and various Bloodhounds and Irish Hounds.
But it’s also…
Worth noting that these guys are not just a hunting dog. He is also a nearly perfect companion dog or family dog, and is great for families with children. He is calm and composed and always relaxed. He is by no means an excitable puppy who jumps on people. He is steady and stable, and very intelligent.
And it should go…
Without saying that he loves the outdoors and enjoys going hiking or swimming. He is best suited to large estates or to farm houses. His laidback attitude should not be taken for laziness. He is just as active and energetic as any of the other Coonhounds.
But is a Redbone Coonhound right for you?
That’s the real question and one that we hope to be able to help you answer after reading the following article. Because the last thing that we would want to see happen is for you to end up purchasing a Redbone Coonhound or better yet adopting a Redbone Coonhound rescue dog only to learn a few weeks later that this isn’t the right dog breed for you!
This is why…
We chose to write this article so that you can get a better idea of what it might be like to own one of these awesome animals. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Redbone Coonhound Dog Breed Fast Facts
Country of Origin: The USA
Original Purpose: Hunting
Height: 21 to 27 inches
Weight: 45 to 80 pounds
Dog Breed Classification: Hound group
Life Span: 10 to 12 years
Origin of the Redbone Coonhound
The Redbone Coonhound is an all-American dog – as American as baseball, John Wayne and Kanye West!
He was developed in the 19th century from the American Foxhound and various Bloodhounds and Irish Hounds. A famous dog breeder called George E. L. Birdsong from Georgia, can be credited with much of the work that went into his breeding.
The earliest Redbones were not actually red – they have a Black Saddle. The black saddle or the saddleback disappeared eventually as breeders used selective breeding to give this dog a red color.
This breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club as early as in 1902. But the American Kennel Club (AKC), for some mysterious reason, took their own sweet time to recognize this breed, granting the honor only in 2009.
Physical Characteristics of the Redbone Coonhound
Redbone Coonhounds are strong, muscular, medium-sized dogs. They are supremely athletic, fast and powerful. They have large, floppy, low-set ears, slightly curved tail, golden colored eyes and loose skin folds around the neck.
Now one way…
You can easily identify a Redbone by its smooth, shiny, short red coat. Its coat is particularly beautiful, and of a deep, rich mahogany red in color. It’s the coat that makes the Redbone such an attractive dog breed.
Redbones are typically low-maintenance dogs. All you need to do is to brush their coat once every week. That should be enough. They don’t shed much, and are not the sort of dogs that get dirty too often. Just give your Redbone a bath once every month.
Just one thing
Redbones have large, floppy ears which must be cleaned regularly. Otherwise there could be a wax building, leading to infection or irritation. Use a cotton ball and a cleanser approved by the vet to clean his ears. Also, trim his nails once every month.
Personality and Temperament
Redbone Coonhounds are remarkably friendly dogs. They get along well with people and are very loyal to their human family.
They are great with kids, but tend to get a little excitable around them. So this dog may not be perfectly suitable if you have a toddler at home. Wait for your child to get a little older.
These are hunting dogs by nature. They have strong hunting instincts.
So you cannot trust the Redbone to behave himself around cats and other small animals. But with early socialization and training, he may just be convinced to tolerate cats.
The Redbone Coonhound is a healthy dog for the most part, with an average life span of 12 to 14 years. But even the strong and rugged Redbone is known to suffer from certain health issues such as
- Eye Problems
- Hip Dysplasia
Many of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.
This is why…
We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.
Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?
No, probably not. But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?
For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.