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Redbone Coonhound (Side View, Head)
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Breed Information


2022: #158

2021: #155

2020: #146

2019: #143

2018: #142

2017: #139

2016: #143

2015: #139

Name Redbone Coonhound
Other names Redbone Hound, Reds
Origin United States
Breed Group

Hound (AKC:2003)

Scenthounds (UKC)

Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years







Height 21-27 inches (53-66 cm)
Weight 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg)



Litter Size 6-10 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $500 - $800 USD

The price a breeder places on their puppies will all depend on the stats of the dam and sire and how much the breeder as put into raising the puppies. The average price for a Redbone Coonhound puppy is between $500 - $800 per puppy.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

2 stars

The Redbone Coonhound will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. These dogs 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.

Barking Tendencies

5 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

5 stars

Exercise Needs

5 stars

This breed needs a lot of physical exercise. They need to be taken on a daily walk or jog. Coonhounds 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.


1 stars

Low Maintenance: Bathe your Coonhound as needed. He may have a bit of a “houndy” odor, which some people love and others hate. Bathing can help reduce the smell if you don’t like it, but it won’t take it away completely or permanently.

Health Issues

1 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoGenerally a healthy breed.


2 stars

Ranking: # Full Ranking List


4 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The Redbone Coonhound takes some time to train as it is slow to mature both physically and mentally, but it has a strong desire to please. Redbone Coonhounds have a strong natural treeing and hunting instinct. They should be well socialized at an early age and taught basic obedience.

Watchdog Ability

1 stars

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Redbone Coonhound Puppy (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Redbone Coonhound Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Cooper Lucy
03 Rocky Sadie
04 Jake Chloe
05 Duke Sasha
06 Tucker Stella
07 Riley Luna
08 Buster Ellie
09 Gizmo Rosie
10 Dexter Emma
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Redbone is a versatile hunter that specializes in treeing raccoons, but also excels in trailing and treeing bear, cougar, and bobcat. It?s both fast and agile, able to tirelessly traverse swamplands through rocky hills, and even swim through water at a fast pace. It can follow a cold trail and has a sweet voice on the trail. The coat is short and smooth, but coarse enough to provide protection.

Redbones are generally easygoing, gentle dogs that don't let much bother them. They want to be with their people, but aren't clingy or "in your face." Redbones are eager to please but can become bored with formal training. They are active when on the hunt, but quiet inside. Their passion is hunting, and once the nose hits a scent they are oblivious to much else. Redbones get along well with people, children, and dogs, but may or may not do well with small pets.


The Redbone Coonhound (also known as the ‘Redbone Hound’ or ‘Red’) is an American breed deriving from crosses between Bloodhounds and Foxhounds, possibly red foxhounds brought to America by Scottish immigrants in the late 18th century. The Redbone Coonhound was bred to ‘tree’ (track through the treetops) raccoons, possums, and larger prey such as cougar and bears. The name ‘Redbone Coonhound’ derives either from its distinctive red coat or from the name of Peter Redbone, an early breeder from Tennessee. Another influential early breeder was George Birdsong of Georgia. Breeders crossed the existing animal with the Red Irish Foxhound for increased speed and scenting. The Redbone Coonhound was then known as the ‘Saddleback’ for its black back, which was intentionally bred out for a solid red color. The Redbone Coonhound has been categorized in the American Kennel Club’s Miscellaneous class since 2001, eligible for full recognition if a sufficient number are registered. Today the Redbone Coonhound is a popular hunter and among the fastest and best scenting Coonhounds. ‘Old Dan’ and ‘Little Ann’ from the classic story ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ are Redbone Coonhounds.


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