The Redbone Coonhound dog breed is medium-sized hounds who have a gorgeous red coat, the pleading expression common to hounds everywhere, and a sweet voice that sings out when they’re on the hunt.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Redbone Coonhound.
In the late 18th century, Scottish immigrants brought red foxhounds to America. Sometime after the Civil War, hunters mixed these canines with Red Irish Foxhounds (and possibly Bloodhounds) to create the leaner, faster Redbone Coonhound. Redbone Coonhounds proved to be exemplary helpers, moving quickly over rough terrain, through forests, lakes and rivers.
The Redbone loves the company of its human family, but does not display overtly tenacious behavior. In fact, it is often described as a gentle and easy-going breed, with few cares in the world. And although it is eager to please, it may become frustrated with formal training techniques. The Redbone does, however, mingle well with children, dogs, and pets that are not too small.
The Redbone Coonhound is a medium to large sized dog with an athletic frame. It has a slightly long head; round eyes which are either dark brown or hazel in color; low set ears which lie close to the head; a square muzzle with a slightly tapering appearance; black nose with flared nostrils; thin lips with teeth which meet in scissors bite. This breed has a high set tail with a slight curve and is always carried above the line of the back, in an almost erect fashion. It has long, slender legs with cat like feet.
They are one of the favourite breeds among hunters due to their work ethic, keen nose and ability to work tirelessly in less than perfect conditions.
Traditionally used as an outdoor dog, the Redbone has become more adaptable to indoor living with a family. It should be taken out on routine jogs, walks, or be allowed to swim nearby. However, these activities should only be done in safe and secure locations, as the dog can quickly roam off if it picks up a curious scent. While trailing or when excited, it has a loud and melodious voice.
Redbone Coonhounds take well to training, and are so versatile and athletic that they can accomplish a high variety of tasks. Giving them tasks to fulfill – from swimming to hunting – can help it not only feel fulfilled, but help it feel like it plays a role in your pack. Every dog should certainly feel this way about humans, but should be trained with the discipline to realize that its role is subservient to every human in the house.
Puppies should be raised not only to socialize well with people, but to get along with other animals. Because this breed has been used a lot to hunt other animals, it can have some peculiar instincts when it comes to other animals, but nothing that it should be unable to handle around a regular household.
The breed is very versatile and can adapt fairly quickly to a new environment and situations. They do OK in an apartment as long as they are sufficiently exercised but their ideal home would have a large fenced yard where they can romp around safely or a home in the country. A secure fence is a must as they have the tendency to take off after scents or unsuspecting cats.
The Redbone Coonhound does not shed much hair. Its smooth and shiny coat is easy to maintain. Brushing its coat once or twice in a week with a firm bristle brush and rubbing its body with a damp towel once in a week are sufficient to maintain a healthy looking coat. It should be bathed regularly. Its eyes and ears should be cleaned properly to avoid any infection.
Redbone Coonhounds can live as long as 12 years. Generally healthy, some may develop common coonhound issues like hip dysplasia, eye problems and hypothyroidism. They are relatively easy to groom. Brush them occasionally, and check their ears every week to prevent infection.