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THE REDBONE COONHOUND

Excellent trail and tree hound and the perfect family dog.  The Redbone is considered by many people to be the most intelligent and by far the most beautiful of the Coonhound breeds.  Many breeders and judges consider the Redbone to be the most beautiful dog in the world.

Description

A handsome, robust and strong dog with a clean, well-modeled head with a medium stop between the brow and nose.  The long, hanging ears extend to the tip of the nose or beyond.  When the dog is following a sent, the tail is held upright.  The paws are compact and catlike, with thick, strong pads.  The skin is a rich color of red.  The coat is shiny and smooth, lies flat, and is short like that of a Beagle.  Coat colors include red, and red with a little white. Some Redbones might have traces of white on their feet and chest, this is considered a fault.  This friendly, elegant dog is the only solid-colored Coonhound.

Personality

The Redbone is happy, even-tempered and very good with children.  It can be surprisingly affectionate and has a pleasant-sounding bark.  They love being with their people.  Sometimes considered to be a one-man dog.  If Hug timeraised indoors from puppyhood, it will adapt well to family life.  Redbones are all instinctive hunters, and it is not difficult to train the breed to follow scent and tree a quarry.  The Redbone has a strong desire to please his master.  They are hotter-nosed, able to locate, and faster to tree coons than many other Coonhounds. The Redbone is alert, quick, and able to work in all types of weather over difficult terrain.  Their agility benefits them when hunting in fenced or steep country and rocky ground.  With the thrusting grit of a Terrier and the pumping stamina of a Husky, it is every hunters dream come true.  A natural treeing instinct has been bred into the Redbone.  Making them specialists in coon hunting.  They are also proficient in trailing and treeing bear, cougar, and bobcat.  When used on game, Redbones often hunt in packs.  Redbones are known to make excellent water dogs.  They are natural swimmers.  In the home he is affectionate and kind.  The Redbone should be well socialized at an early age and taught simple obedience like walking on a leash.  Be careful with cats and other non-canine pets.  If raised with a kitten from puppyhood they will be okay, but some Redbones try to hunt cats down like Raccoons.  Some Redbones drool a lot while others do not at all.  It all depends on the shape of the lips.

Height: 21-27 inches (53-66 cm.)

Weight: Weight: 40-90 pounds

Health Problems - The Redbone is usually a healthy breed.

The Redbone will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised.  They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard.  Their all-weather coat allows them to live and sleep outdoors and work in all kinds of terrain. 

Exercise

This breed needs a lot of physical exercise.  Redbones are born natural hunters, so they have a tendency to run off and hunt if they are not kept well fenced while exercising on their own.

Life Expectancy

About 10-15 years.

Grooming

An occasional brushing will do.  This breed is a light shedder.

Origin

Treeing the gameYears ago most coon hunters, who owned a red dog of unknown ancestry, but proven ability in tracking and treeing Raccoons, called their dog a “Redbone”.  Then a few serious breeders who were devoted both to the breed and the sport began a campaign of selective breeding to produce a hound with the necessary characteristics and which would breed true to type in color and conformation.  Breeders in the America South, Tennessee and Georgia to be precise, desired a hound with more speed and a hotter sniffer than many of the existing Coonhounds.  The first dogs were commonly called “Saddlebackes”.  The background color was red, and most of them possessed black saddle markings.  By selective breeding, the black saddle was bred out and the solid red dogs became known as Redbone Coonhounds.  As is the case with most of the other Coonhound breeds, the ancestors of the Redbone were Foxhounds.  A Bloodhound cross is said to have been made, and it’s also said to account for the white chest and feet markings which still occasionally show up in Redbone pups today.  The result of this mixture makes them a reliable dog, as the breeds moderate size, Foxhoundish appearance, and courage are in its nature.  They are used primarily for treeing coon, but can be adapted to other game, including big cat, bear, and hogs.  This hound may have been named after an early breeder, Peter Redbone of Tennessee, although much of its breeding has taken place in Georgia.  The foundation stock of modern day Redbone came from Georgia F.L. Birdsong of Georgia, who was a noted foxhunter and breeder.  He obtained the pack of Dr. Thomas Henry in the 1840’s.  The Redbone was the second coonhound breed to be registered with U.K.C.  Today it is used to hunt Raccoon, Bear, Mountain Lions, hogs, and also as a wonderful pet and companion. 

History

Scottish immigrants brought handsome red Foxhounds to America in the late 1700’s, and Red Irish Foxhounds were imported before the Civil War.  By the late 18th century, some coon hunters began breeding for hotter nosed, faster dogs that were swifter at locating and faster at treeing Raccoons.  They used the hot; swift Irish Hounds in their breeding programs and the Redbone Coonhound evolved into a recognizable, respected breed well before 1900.  While other coonhound breeders selected only for function, Redbone breeders, for a period of several years, concentrated on breeding a nearly solid-colored, flashy, red dog.  As soon as the eye-catching color bred true, these serious hunters once again selected for performance.  Today both attributes are well established in the breed.  Widely used and acclaimed for its speed and agility from low lands to steep, rocky hills, the Redbone Coonhound is an adaptable hunter with a good, cold nose.  An excellent swimmer with a pleasant voice, the Redbone is an excellent choice for the hunter who wants an honest, versatile, and intelligent dog.  From the beginning, the Redbone has been bred for the purpose of treeing game, and the treeing is natural, as it has been bred into the Redbone for many generations. 

Redbones are excellent pets.  They do not normally bite people.  Excellent on the farm or home, they will do well in competition hunts and shows.

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