Redbone Coonhound Description
The Redbone Coonhound is a medium sized lean and muscular breed of dog bred for hunting. They were originally developed for hunting raccoons, and are faster to tree a coon than any other coonhound. In addition to their expertise at tracking raccoons, they also excel in hunting bear, cougar and bobcat. They are a very coordinated and agile dog that allows them to be versatile enough to cover every type of ground from the swamplands to the mountains and are also used as water dogs. The Redbone Coonhound is probably one of the best all around hunting dogs. Their strength and endurance make it easy for them to cover all kinds of terrain, even jumping over fences up to 5 feet high.
Redbone Coonhounds have lean, muscular frames covered in tight, coarse, dark red coats. Sometimes, the coats have black and white patches. Redbone Coonhounds have broad, flat, clean-cut heads with square muzzles, dark brown eyes and thin, low-hanging ears. They have straight, muscular legs and medium-length tails. Overall, Redbone Coonhounds have a handsome and balanced look.
The Redbone Coonhound breed is loyal, affectionate, highly energetic, and free-spirited. They do well with children, however, caution should be taken with small children due to their exuberance. They do well with other dogs, but non-canine pets are not recommended because of their strong hunting instinct. The Redbone Coonhound is an even-tempered and good-natured family companion and an aggressive and fierce hunter. They do have a tendency to drool excessively and bark incessantly. They also have a strong "doggie" odor. This breed is not recommended for use as a watchdog as they do not know a stranger. They are sweet, friendly, enthusiastic, and reliable.
Minimal care is required. Occasional brushing of the coat will keep it gleaming. Keep ears in check to avoid infection.
Some red breeds that resembled the Redbone were brought with Scottish and Irish immigrants to America in the 1700s, in which the Irish heritage may have been the source of the occasional white markings that appear on Redbone Coonhounds. During the 18- and 1900s, breeders were on the quest to create faster and more hot-nosed hounds in the United States. In the 1800s when the Foxhounds weren’t efficient enough, they were crossed with a Bloodhound and later on with an Ancient Irish Hound (which is probably the reason for occasional white on the chest and feet).
They were originally bred for hunting raccoons, and excelled in this. This produced a beautiful, smart, fast, efficient scent hound with the nose of a Bloodhound and a voice unique to its own. In 1840 George F.L. Birdsong obtained the foundation stock of today’s red dogs. Nearly all Redbone pedigrees can trace back to Birdsong's stock. The naming of the breed is unclear. Some believe the name comes from their deep red color, while others believe the name came from a prominent breeder at the time named Peter Redbone. Today the breed has spread from the United States into Canada, Mexico, and even across the seas to Japan, South Africa and South America.
You may feel that since he's a hunting dog, training for the Redbone Coonhound mostly involves tracking and hunting training. This is true to some extent, there is other training he will need from the time he is a young puppy. If he will be spending any time at all in the house, you will want him to be housebroken. They do mature slower than other dogs, but you will still be able to house break him.
Basic obedience is very important to every dog. Once you start the training, you need to be consistent with them so as not to confuse them. Because they mautre slower, they are not as easy to train at a young age as most dogs. As he is older, though, he will pick up on things much quicker and you will find that they are very quick to learn things.
You will also want to start training him for hunting at a fairly young age. This training will go much smoother if he's already mastered the basic obedience. Though much of the hunting skills are already bred in him, the techniques will have to be taught. Often hunters go with their dogs in crews, "run them", and train them together. The Redbone Coonhound has a great drive for chasing, treeing and killing many animals, so it is the perfect choice to train to hunt bear or mountain lion.
Usually a healthy breed, although some lines have seen their share of hip dysplasia. Using a reputable breeder whith OFA health ceritificates can help you get a healthy pup.