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.
|Group (of Breed)||Hound (scenthound)|
|Lifespan||10 to 12 years|
|Weight||50 – 70 pounds|
|Height (size)||Medium; 22 – 27 inches|
|Temperament||Social, loyal, aggressive|
|Good with Child||Yes|
|Litter Size||6 – 10 puppies at a time|
|Originated in||USA (southern)|
|Competitive Registration||CKC, UKC, NKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, AKC, NAPR|
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.
Among the many mixes like with the pitbulls, the boxers, the german shepherds, the Rhodesian ridgebacks by modern breeders, the cross of the Redbone coonhound and the Lab retriever, known as the ‘Redbone Retriever’ (AKA ‘Redgold Hound’), has much been popular.
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.
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.