Handsome and robust, the Redbone Coonhound is quite a recognized icon in popular culture. They were the dog breed used in the 1971 film Where the Red Fern Grows – which incidentally, is the story of two coonhounds and their owner Billy Coleman – and the story The Hound That Thought He Was a Raccoon . Descended from red hounds that were brought to North America during the colonial times by Scottish immigrants, this dog breed is friendly and loyal but one that needs a lot of exercise to remain happy. That said, the environment best suited for this kind of hunting dog is the country. Then again, it can grow accustomed to urban living just as long as it is given enough exercise.
Bred from hunting dogs brought from Europe to America, a Redbone Coonhound is possess a kind of intelligence that is well suited for problem solving. They can be fiercely independent which becomes an issue when they deem items like your backyard fence as the problem it needs to solve. Even worse, they might think that your garbage is something that warrants a solution from them. While they are hunting, they usually make quarter-mile loops away from the pack in order to search for the scent of their prey. When they’ve done so, they return or use their bay to let hunters know they’ve found their prey. Given that they tend to follow where their nose leads them, owners need to be vigilant in keeping a Redbone Coonhound on a leash in an uncontrolled area.
A Redbone Coonhound is a dog breed that will thrive in different terrains and venues. As mentioned earlier, they are best suited for the countryside, but will also work well in urban settings. That said, if this hound is to be utilized for what it was bred for – hunting dogs – then proper training should be put into place. This kind of hound tends to have emotional, booming, loud howls and those need to be contained.When training hounds like these, it’s best to veer away from harsher methods. While they are stubborn, they can also be sensitive. Also, giving puppies a lot of exercise is crucial as they can become destructive. They can be great with children but they need to be trained to be aware of their size.
Lean and muscular, the Redbone Coonhound is also very well proportioned – a common theme you’ll see among the coonhound subgroup. They have long, straight legs and a wide-barrel chest. Their head and tail is held high and proud. Their face bears an expression of constantly pleading – they have sorrowful eyes and long, drooping ears. They have a short, coarse coat which is meant to help them hunt through dense underbrush. A male Redbone Coonhound measures around 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weighs 55 to 70 pounds while females come in at 21 to 26 inches and weigh 45 to 65 pounds.