Redbone Coonhound Resource

Redbone Coonhound

Guts, grit and a desire to please are the words owners use to describe their good-looking hounds, whose bell-like voices ring out when they tree their quarry. Red hounds have been common in America since colonial times. Many were brought to this country by Scottish immigrants or imported from Ireland. It is from these dogs that the Redbone Coonhound was developed. Of American Foxhound type, it was created by 18th- and 19th-century breeders who wanted a fast, hot-nosed dog. The Redbone can work many different terrains and is a good water dog. Today, it’s known for speed and a cold nose, meaning that it can follow an old trail. The Redbone stands 21 to 27 inches tall, and a solid red color is preferred. Weekly grooming will keep the short, smooth coat gleaming.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Medium Dog Breed
Solid red color.

Short and smooth; coarse enough to provide protection.


Groom weekly to maintain short, smooth coat.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
AKC Group:
Hound Group
UKC Group:
21 to 27 inches at the shoulder
Proportionate to height
Use Today
Hunting, companion