Redbone Coonhound

Hound Group

Redbone Coonhound sitting in grass in front of woods

Height at Shoulders

Females 21-26 in, Males 22-27 in

Weight

45-70 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Redbone Coonhound was developed in the state of Georgia during the 1700's. They were bred by frontiersmen exploring southern and western territories to hunt raccoons. In the late 18th century, Scottish immigrants brought red foxhounds to Georgia, which were eventually crossed with Bloodhounds and other hounds to develop a breed that could best hunt raccoon. The resulting breed was the Redbone Coonhound. These raccoon-hunting dogs hunt by following a scent trail, bawling the whole way to let their human companion know their location, until they drive the raccoon up a tree and wait. Their name comes from one of their earliest breeders, Peter Redbone of Tennessee.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Redbone Coonhounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★★

★☆

★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Friendly, loyal, and eager to please

Generally have a short attention span, making training difficult

Playful and creative, which contributes to their mischievous nature

Happiest when they are provided with plenty of companionship, exercise, and mental stimulation- maybe even a job