Built to run at high speeds over rocky hills, thick forests, and swamps, the Redbone Coonhound is streamlined yet strong. A little taller at the withers than at the hips, this breed is slightly arched. This breed is medium to large in size, with males being 22 to 27 inches tall, while females are 21 to 25 inches tall. They usually weigh around 45-70 pounds.
The Redbone Coonhound has a short, shiny coat that is soft to the touch. Their fur is coarse enough to protect their skin while hunting. This breed has a remarkable deep red color.
Redbone Coonhounds require plenty of daily exercise. They love to be taken on nice long walks, or run alongside a bike or with their owners when jogging. With great vigor and resistance, these natural hunters have a great sense of smell. They have been known to take off if an interesting scent is detected. Although quiet indoors, this breed is not ideal for apartment living. They should at least have access to a large backyard.
The energetic and even-tempered Redbone Coonhound is a natural hunter. They are always eager to please their owners, maintaining their cheerful, loyal and alert disposition at all times. This breed is great with children. But their hunting instinct, however, may not go well with other household pets, such as rabbits or cats. These coonhounds make excellent watchdogs and willingly alert their owners if strangers are approaching. Obedience training and socialization is very important for these hunters. They are highly adaptable to all their possible roles, be it a hunting dog or an indoor companion.
The Redbone Coonhound has been widely used as a hunter of raccoons, cougars, and bears. The agility of this breed allows them to hunt and can sometimes be used as water dogs.
The Redbone Coonhound is relatively easy to care for. They will only require occasional brushing. With a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, these dogs are generally healthy. But like most other dog breeds, they are prone to obesity and hip dysplasia. Therefore, balanced nutrition and proper exercise are always important.
The Redbone Coonhound is known to mature slowly both mentally and physically. Although it can take time to train these dogs, their willingness to please will make it less of a challenge on the face of it. This breed has a natural woodland, with a keen hunting instinct. It is recommended that this breed be well socialized at a very young age and taught basic obedience.
Like many hunting dogs, these Redbone Coonhounds have an independent intelligence particularly suited to problem solving. But this can become a problem if your problem is at home or in the backyard. They will want to solve it in another way. But, these dogs are generally unflappable and highly adaptable, willing to take on whatever comes their way.