The first red coonhounds were brought to North America by Scottish immigrants at the end of the 18th century. Peter Redbone of Tennessee (for whom the breed was named) was one of several breeders who combined those hounds with Irish Foxhounds and Bloodhounds in order to further develop their hunting ability, agility skills and bravery in standing up to large predators. The resulting Redbone Coonhound is a capable tracker, an adept pack hunter of large and small animals, and a good swimmer – all characteristics which she still exhibits today.
A large, fit dog, the Redbone Coonhound weighs between 50 and 70 lbs., with a short, solid-red coat that only requires occasional brushing and bathing. An athletic and instinctive hunter, she will need plenty of exercise outside to keep her happy, whether she lives in an apartment or in a home with a large yard. She is known for being affectionate, friendly, even-tempered and very good with children. She is always eager to please, which makes her amenable to obedience training.
Despite being fit and athletic, the Redbone Coonhound is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Redbone Coonhounds are prone to include eye conditions such as entropion and progressive retinal atrophy; and joint conditions such as hip dysplasia and arthritis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Redbone Coonhound inherits anything more than a talent for tracking, you’re covered.