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Meet the breed: Redbone Coonhound

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a loyal member to add to your family, find out everything you need to know about the Redbone Coonhound.


  • Affectionate
  • Family dog
  • Hunter
  • Loud barker
  • Low-maintenance grooming


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Starting off with little to no history, these red-hued dogs were bred for their loyalty and great work ethic. Natural-born hunters, Redbone Coonhounds are hot-sniffers with a knack for hunting tree game. With the look and background of the Foxhound, this dog breed is loved for its sporty nature and ability to adapt to any terrain. They’re reliable dogs with a nature meant to please their owners.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Hound
  • UKC group: Scenthound
  • Average lifespan: 11-12 years
  • Average size: 35-65 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Flat, shiny, and smooth
  • Coloration: Rich red
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Strong, vigorous, and striking all around, clean, well-proportioned head, black nose, strong chest, brown eyes, long, floppy ears that are close to the nose, upright tail, and small paws with thickened pads.
  • Possible alterations: Some may have white markings on chest and feet.

Is this breed right for you?

Great with children, the Redbone Coonhound will adapt to family life with ease. Loving and loyal, this dog loves his owner with passion. A great hunter, he can adapt well to the working life or be happy as a playmate. In need of a fenced-in yard, he has the natural instinct to sniff out his prey, including cats. Trained easily if done so at a young age, this breed is a great addition to add to a household.

redbone coonhound breed characteristics

A dream day in the life of a Redbone Coonhound

Waking up ready to play, he’ll greet you with a lick. Once you pet him and show him love, he’s ready for his meal. After breakfast, he’ll enjoy a fun walk and sniff around the block. Engaging in any activity the kiddos present him, he’ll follow them around with ease. Happy to nap inside or outside, he’ll need a lot of time in the backyard. After dinner, he’ll enjoy a good rubdown, a swim in the pond and a lot of attention before he takes a snooze with his master.

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