Redbone Coonhound

Breed History

Redbone Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound is a medium sized scent hound. Known to have a lazy personality and relaxed posture hides the true nature of a hound dog with a strong nose.

There are six hound dogs that come America, but this dog is a crossbreed of the Red foxhounds and Red Irish Foxhounds. Mixing these dogs gave them the exclusive red appearance they still have today.

That’s where the first part of their name comes from is their color. Second part of their name comes from them being relentless hunters of racoons. Racoons were often sought after in the south and west coast states.

Packs of Redbone Coonhounds would hunt down larger animals like bears, cats, and deer. Although they can hunt down a larger animals, they were specialist to hunt down animals closer to their size.

Small animals like racoons would run up trees to hide from hunters. Treeing became a natural transition because these dogs were jumping up and down on a tree showing the owners, they found something.

A great skill to have that could isolate the racoon and make them an easier shot. Breeders were looking for a strong nose and something that would be a little faster than the bigger hound dogs.

Smaller animals would require a smaller hound dog and that’s what they put together with the Redbone Coonhound. Working tirelessly until they catch prey is something that catches people off guard due to their laid-back personality at home.


In 2009, they would finally receive registration from the American Kennel Club. After being in the states for a very long time they would meet the requirements to get recognition many years later.

Recently reaching the top 140 in the kennel club they have plenty of room for growth. While they are still climbing, they are close to the bottom in popularity in the country.

That’s due to many factors but mostly because people don’t need to hunt for survival. Mostly in use for recreational purposes or for the love of the activity.

Hound Group from the two major kennel clubs that show them recognition. Here are the two major kennel clubs and their breed standards for this breed.


Male Height: 23-27 inches

Female Height: 22-26 inches

Male Weight: 55-70 pounds

Female Weight: 45-55 pounds

Litter Size

6 puppies are the average litter size for a Redbone Coonhound. Breeders should be aware of how many puppies to expect coming into their home. Owners should keep the puppies with the mother for at least eight weeks before selling them to a responsible owner.



White markings

There shouldn’t be a lot of white on the feet extending passed the toes. White on the brisket can’t be too excessive.


$800-$1,500 is the average price of the Redbone Coonhound. These prices may change in the future and become more expensive. Prices will vary depending on currency, supply, demand, bloodline and other factors that can affect the cost.

A Redbone Coonhound with papers will cost more than a Redbone Coonhound without papers. You need to understand that the quality of puppies will be adhering to strict standards in the breed standards with papers.

Without papers one, or both, of the parents were not able to get registration. When that happens, it is due to crossbreeding most of the time. Puppies without papers will command a lower price around a few hundred bucks.


Take your dog on a long run or walk before you begin the grooming sessions. Doing this every time is the proper way to introduce and reintroduce the dog to the process. Calming them down and attaching a leash will be the perfect combination to communicate and met their exercise needs beforehand.

  1. Brushing
  2. Bathing
  3. Ears
  4. Nails
  5. Professional Help

Brush the coat at least once weekly. Redbone Coonhounds don’t have a difficult coat to maintenance and brushing will be the bulk of the grooming for them.

Bathe the dog after a long hot exercise session. Give them water from the hose and give the bath that cools them off after a long run or walk.

Ears are something need to get clean at least once weekly. You will experience the dog getting ear infections due to the moisture build up. When you see the dog shaking their head, scratching their ears and an odor coming from the same place they have an ear infection.

Trimming the nails will be done during daily runs or walks, which we recommend. If you don’t walk or run your dog, which we don’t recommend, cut the nails with clippers or hire a professional.

We don’t recommend professional help for this breed.

Life Span

12-15 years is the average lifespan for a Redbone Coonhound. That’s a long time for an owner to make a commitment to own the dog until they pass away. Great dog to consider for an adoption because of the long lifespan.

Health Issues

No recommendation for health checks from their official kennel club’s health statement.

Ears – should be something that you keep an eye on weekly due to the ability of the ears to get an infection because of the moisture in the ears.

Teeth – brush the dog’s teeth and make sure plaque buildup is not an issue.

Breed Group

Proud member of the Hound Group and one of their best representations. Hound dogs are a group of dogs that specialize in hunting, tireless stamina, and high intelligence.

Most are put into the category of scent hound or sight hound. Scent hounds have some of the strongest noses of all dogs. Sight hounds are fast dogs with a strong prey drive but don’t possess the same nose.

Here are some of the dogs in the Hound Group.

Exercise Needs

Redbone Coonhound is a dog that need a lot of exercise. Most dog owners have a hard time figuring out how much exercise is enough and that’s what we are going to discuss in this section.

Confusing exists when some people falsely take credit for exercise while walking to the mailbox or taking the dog to the bathroom. Would a dog in the wild walk to the bathroom or mailbox and that’s it?

Of course, not but we will go a step further. How does your dog behave? If they’re getting enough exercise, they are calm and laying down in the house and backyard without behavior issues.

Whenever they don’t get enough exercise you will see over excitement. Digging, excessively barking, nipping, biting, jumping and many other undesirable behaviors.

More bad behavior a dog conducts the more exercise the owner should give. Giving an outlet is a powerful weapon all owners should use daily or twice daily for the worst cases.

Here is what we recommend to clients

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

Younger dogs will need the most exercise and runs in general. Two session days will be at the height when a dog is young and it’s a lot of work. At this time, you will be building the training as well.

Adult dogs will receive the bulk of their training unless they were never exercised. You will need to treat them like a younger dog until they calm down. Mostly one session at this stage and less work.

Senior dogs only need a short walk at best. Like your dog’s energy levels and behavior guide you but don’t plan on running them or getting them out twice per day. They won’t need it.


  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every house should be built on a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than daily exercise. Keeping the dog in a constant state of exercise and recovery is more natural to how they would act in their normal environment without humans. Imagine never exercising the dog and giving them at least one hour per day. That’s 365 hours a day and that would change your dog. If that isn’t enough raise it to one hour and a half per day puts you at 550 hours roughly per year. And two hours per day will put you at 720 hours a year. Expect to spend most of your time in this area.

Commands are a smaller part but still are a part of what you need to accomplish with your dog. Your dog will be on autopilot when you use repetition to teach them commands. Doing this over and over will be the best route.

Socialization should always happen after exercising for at least one hour. Before you go to the vet, park, dog park, doggy dates, or car rides take the dog on a run beforehand. Trust me, just try it out and see the difference.

Correcting the dog should be done verbally, on or off leash. All areas the dog should know you have control. Use the timing of the correction in a way that prevents the act from being done. Think about this, the dog barks before you come inside their yard.  Use that same timing to get the best results.

Are Redbone Coonhounds Hard to Train?

No, no dog is hard to train it just takes a persistent owner that has a long-term view of dog training. Training isn’t something that is instant and if it takes eight months from when you first get the dog so be it.

Your dog is going to live for 10+ years and eight months of constant corrections and longer exercise sessions are investments into the training program.

If you think you can train a day in a short period of time you might be right. You may also be wrong because every dog is different. Regardless of how long it takes you should be in for the long haul.

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