Like many other coonhounds, the Redbone Coonhound can trace its ancestry to the more well-known Foxhound. Common lore attributes their name to a gentleman hunter in Tennessee, Peter Redbone. Although initially bred to hunt raccoon because of their uncanny treeing instinct, they are very capable of tracking bear and cougar. Their claim to fame is perhaps their starring role as “Old Dan” and “Little Ann” in the beloved family story, Where the Red Fern Grows.
These lovable dogs make wonderful pets, although their sheer jubilance in being a member of the family can overwhelm small children. While aggressive when hunting, they are even-tempered and affectionate as family pets and companions.
If you are a finicky dog owner you made need to consider some of this breed’s less than glamorous traits: a tendency to drool and a doggy smell they just can’t distance themselves from. Although they are loud barkers, their voice is pleasing.
Without the proper amount of exercise they have a tendency to gain weight. Hip dysplasia is the only other health consideration. They can also be very destructive as pups if they are not able to channel their energies with outdoor activity. Redbones also have outstanding problem solving skills, making it a challenge to keep them in a fenced-in yard. They can be happy in apartments or small homes, but need a large space outside to be assured they receive adequate exercise.
They are the only coonhound that is seen in a solid color, always a rich, deep red. Their short, coarse coat affords them the luxury of being able to live much of their life outside. It also makes them low maintenance, needing only occasional brushing for upkeep.
This strong coonhound stands between 22 and 27 inches and weighs between 45 and 70 pounds. Males of the breed do tend to be heavier boned. They also have a much deeper bay. They have a long life span, generally up to 15 years of age.
Redbone Coonhounds usually produce litters of between 6 and 10 pups.
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