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Redbone Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 21-27”
Weight: 50-70 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Redbone Coonhound in the following color:

  • Red

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 11-12 years
The Redbone Coonhound is considered to be strong, healthy, and hardy with very few health problems that affect the breed. While you are more likely to find a healthy pup than a non-healthy pup, it is important to know that some problems can arise. Some of the medical conditions that you need to know about include ear infections, hip dysplasia, and injuries.

Ear infections are common in the Redbone Coonhound because he or she has floppy ears. An ear infection can be mild, or it can be quite severe depending on how long it has been growing for. Typically, an ear infection will be treated with antibiotics by your veterinarian, but you can prevent them from occurring by making sure to clean your pup’s ears out at least once per week.

The Redbone Coonhound is considered to be a larger breed, so hip dysplasia is a concern. When the hip joint does not work properly or fit into the socket as it should, problems occur, and your pup may develop painful arthritis.

Lastly, your Redbone Coonhound can develop injuries related to hunting. If you plan to take your pup on hunting trips or hikes, always be on alert as your puppy may become injured when trying to catch other animals.

The Redbone Coonhound has a life expectancy of 11 to 12 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Redbone Coonhound is known as a tough and feisty breed that is always up for some action. You will find that your pup loves to head out to the car and go for a ride or wants to hike the nearest mountain with you. This pup is ideal for those families who like to spend time outdoors.

Your Redbone Coonhound does like to swim and you may be hard-pressed to keep him or her away from the water. With their hunting instincts in full swing, you may catch your pup trying to chase down the neighborhood rabbit or the duck by the pond.

You will find that your Redbone Coonhound loves to be around you and all members in your family. This breed is not too overly attached to his or her family, but enjoys the company and will show affection. This breed is a good family dog and gets along great with children; however, is better suited for older children.

You will find that your Redbone Coonhound pup is alert and will let you know if there is danger nearby. This is definitely not a pup to be locked up in an apartment, but instead it should be in a home with a yard to roam freely in. You will need to take your pup on at least two walks per day.

Training is not considered to be tough as this breed is smart and intelligent. You may find that your pup does try to take on a position of power when training, but this can be put to rest immediately if you are consistent and firm. You may need to spice up training just a bit and keep it fun because the Redbone Coonhound does not always respond to traditional and conventional training methods.


The Redbone Coonhound is considered a low shedder, which makes this breed a fantastic choice for those who have allergies or do not want to deal with the hair everywhere.

Since this is a low shedding breed and his or her coat is short, you do not have to worry about high maintenance grooming. This breed is easy to care for and only requires a brush every few days.

You will find that your Redbone Coonhound only needs a bath when it is absolutely necessary. You can remove any dirt from your pup’s coat with a wet cloth or even with a dry bath.

While you do not have to give your pup a bath regularly, you do need to take some time and clean his or her ears once per week to ensure there is no buildup of dirt and wax, as this can lead to an infection.

Lastly, you need to make sure your pup’s nails stay trimmed to prevent them from growing too long. If they grow too long, they can split, break, or even snag on carpet.


Your Redbone Coonhound will consume anywhere between 2.5 cups and 3 cups of food per day. You want to make sure that you offer your pup a solid, all natural brand of dog food that meets his or her activity level and age.

When you shop for dog food, make sure you choose a brand that does not use any chemicals, by-products, and fillers, as these offer no nutritional value to your pup. Also, if you opt to feed your Redbone Coonhound wet food, only make it a treat and do not rely on it for a dry food substitute.

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A Redbone Coonhound puppy can cost you anywhere between $500 and $700. It is important that you take a moment and also factor in other costs that you will need to pay annually. For instance, vet checkups, medical emergencies, preventative medicines, food, and supplies.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Redbone Coonhound is a great family dog that will feed on all of the love and attention he or she receives. This breed is better with older children in the home. You will find that your Redbone Coonhound loves to swim and will jump into water every second he or she gets. This breed does not have a lot of grooming needs and is considered to be average difficulty to train. You must remember to assert yourself as pack leader. This breed ranks a 2.


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