By Avatar photoShiloh Nevada Last updated: 17th March 2023

Redbone Coonhound


Avatar photo Shiloh Nevada
Last updated: 17th March 2023

Bred mainly for hunting purposes, the Redbone Coonhound is a breed of American hounds, expert in hunting raccoons, cougars and even bears with the same expertise both in land and water. With a sleek but robust muscular structure, hanging ears, cat-like defined paws, an elongated face ending in a black muzzle and nose tip, and an uncurled tail, these dogs have been defined as a ‘handsome’ breed by the AKC.

Redbone Coonhound Pictures

Quick Information

ColorRed, white
Group (of Breed)Hound (scenthound)
Lifespan10 to 12 years
Weight50 – 70 pounds
Height (size)Medium; 22 – 27 inches
TemperamentSocial, loyal, aggressive
Good with ChildYes
Litter Size6 – 10 puppies at a time
Originated in USA (southern)
Competitive RegistrationCKC, UKC, NKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, AKC, NAPR

Video: Adult Redbone Coonhound Barking


Many researchers say, these dogs were imported to America by European settlers (mostly the Irish) at the time when hounds were being imported to the country mostly during the late 18th century, mainly for different kinds of hunting purposes.

Temperament and Behavior

Having their temperament explained by the AKC as ‘even-tempered’, this alert, agile and instinctive breed, that is one of the best hunter dogs owners can dream of, goes very friendly with family members and children, with an inborn instinct to please them. However, with their treeing, preying and hunting instincts and with a keen sense of scent in all terrains and climates, they are still used to hunt down bobcats, raccoons etc., and otherwise, need puppyhood training to get along well with cats and other pets.



The adult redbone coonhound might show behavioral problems if they do not get a lot of exercise every day in the form of jogging and long walks, but leashed, without which they might end up disappearing chasing a cat or a rodent passing by. They are not really happy indoors and can only be happy living an apartment life or in kennels if only they get a big (but enclosed) yard to run around and play to burn down calories, especially with its family members and children since they cherish spending moments with them.


Being moderate shedders, they just need a simple soft-bristle brushing and combing at times, when they need. Keeping an eye for any infections or redness in their ears or skin, trimming their nails when grown big, and bathing them only if they are untidy should also be considered in their general grooming schedule.

Health Problems

With no breed-specific health issues, the generally hardy and healthy redbone coonhound can only be pestered at times by general dog diseases like hip dysplasia, juvenile cataracts, hypothyroidism, cancer etc., which can be avoided by pre-taught good habits and ways to lead a healthy life, time-to-time checkups, exercising and giving them company, keeping in mind their mental health and also understanding how much they love and need you.


While understanding the meaning of the term ‘coonhound’ (hound used to hunt down raccoons), these dogs must be trained first to socialize with other animals (as also with strangers), superseding their preying/aggressive instincts, else it might well end up preying upon your pet cat for ‘raccoon’. Raising the puppy together with family pets help the most. Be a sturdy, but not rude, trainer and give them pet-etiquette and obedience trainings by setting rules distinctly. Give them food rewards. Also be sure to lead them or keep them by your side, but never allow it to lead you while out for a walk/jog to ward off pack-leader complexes.


The quantity of food should be general like other same-sized hounds, which should be divided in two main meals. As an active breed, be sure to provide your dog with the best nutrition. Feeding your dog with the best quality dry dog-food would be good for its general health.

Interesting Facts

  • Whether a particular individual would drool depends on its lip-shape, being common to those with the true coonhound-shaped mouth.
  • It was registered by the AKC in 2009.
  • The Redbone Coonhound is the type of hound that was featured in the novel ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’.

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