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Redbone Coonhound

WEIGHT: 50 to 70 lbs
HEIGHT: 21 to 27 inches
COLOR(S): Solid red.
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The Redbone Coonhound is a dog of breathtaking beauty with its short, deep, rich, red coat, its muscular body and its long floppy ears that can reach their nose. They have large eyes that beg to please you, and feet of elegance that look more like that of a cat paw. The feet are webbed, so swimming is a must, being a sport they very much enjoy. For a time they were simply bred for looks, being one of six American coonhounds. The Redbone Coonhounds are happy dogs with a pleasing voice. They are highly specialized in treeing prey, and they have excellent scenting abilities that they obtained from the Bloodhound. They are kind and friendly at home, and as long as they are raised in the home, they make just as great house pets as they do hunters. Some drool significantly. Gentle and docile, this breed gets along well with children and other pets. They are also highly trainable. "Reds", as they are sometimes called, are intelligent, rugged, and adapt to many terrains. They have a natural instinct to hunting and treeing coons but are equally proficient trailing and treeing bear, cougar and bobcat. Not only an excellent hunting dog, Redbones make a wonderful family pet.


Redbone Coonhounds are happy, eager to please, kind hearted, and loyal. They are very friendly, good with children and get along well with most people and animals. They are not good for guarding, as they have never been in that field nor are they protective enough. They do make excellent watchdogs, however, with very alert senses. They have endurance and stamina built for a hound, and it has been said of them by a major breeder in the 1940s that they are, "always ready for a hunt, no woods is strange to him, no night too dark or water too deep or too cold." They are exceptionally good at scenting, being related to the Bloodhound, as well as treeing. They are intense and hard working in the field, but easygoing and gentle in the home. They are intelligent and more trainable than most hounds.


Minimal care is required. Occasional brushing of the coat will keep it gleaming. Keep ears in check to avoid infection


Very healthy. At present, no known health issues are being reported.


Redbone Coonhounds need to be exercised daily. Redbone Coonhounds are a great dog to take on long walks, jogs or hiking, as they have a high endurance level. Webbed feet are great for their love of swimming. Hunting comes naturally, but one should start them on scenting when they are young.


Learning Rate: High. Redbone Coonhounds are very intelligent, quick and eager to learn. Obedience - High. They are very eager to please. Problem Solving - High.

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