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Redbone Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound
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Origin / History The Redbone Coonhound was developed in Georgia during the 1800s. Dogs of this breed were created by crossing Irish Setters with Bloodhounds. The name of the breed is said to have come from one of the early breeders, Peter Redbone of Tennessee, although there are other notable breeders of the Redbone Coonhound as well. These breeders included Georgie F.L. Birdsong and Dr. Thomas Henry. A selective breeding program was established for the Redbone Coonhound so that it will be more capable of chasing prey that climbs trees.

The Redbone Coonhound is recognized by the United Kennel Club. Today, dogs of this breed are being used for hunting small and larger prey. They also make great companions.

Appearance Redbone Coonhounds have a muscular, lean, well-proportioned body similar to that of other coonhounds. The legs of the Redbone Coonhound are straight, and their chest is deep. The slightly round head of these dogs is usually covered with wrinkles. These dogs have a long, rectangular muzzle, with a medium stop between the nose and the brow. Redbone Coonhounds have an upper lip that hangs past their bottom lip. Their small eyes are almond in shape and are dark brown in colour. The ears of these dogs are large and heavy, hanging down the sides of their head and reaching their muscular, solid neck. Their legs are skinny and their feet are compact and cat-like. The coat of these dogs is short and smooth.

Colours The coat of these dogs should always be red. They can have white markings on their chest or feet, but these aren't preferable.

Temperament With a happy and calm temperament, Redbone Coonhounds make great family pets. These dogs are affectionate and even have a pleasant-sounding bark. They also get along well with children and enjoy human companionship. If raised indoors with family members, these dogs will adapt quite well to family life. But these dogs are still natural hunters, so they can easily be trained to use their sense of smell to track down prey. Like other coonhounds, Redbone Coonhounds are quick, alert, and can work in difficult terrain during harsh weather.

Height and Weight Redbone Coonhounds are categorized into three different sizes: toy, standard, and mid-sized. Toy Redbone Coonhounds stand at 8 inches and weigh 4 to 6 pounds. Mid-sized Redbone Coonhounds are 8 to 14 inches tall and 6 to 8 pounds heavy. Standard Redbone Coonhounds have a height of 14 to 23 inches and a weight of approximately 12 to 35 pounds.

Common Health Problems Due to careful and selective breeding, there are no health problems specific to this breed. The ailments affecting these dogs are those common to other dog breeds as well.

Living Conditions Redbone Coonhounds can be kept inside apartments just as long as they are given sufficient exercise. It's best for these dogs, though, to have a small or medium-sized yard where they can run around and do other physical activities.

Exercise Requirements These dogs would enjoy being allowed to play or run around freely in a large, secure area. But although play sessions will give these dogs exercise, they should still be taken out for a long, daily walk or jog.

Training Requirements Being eager to please and quick to learn, Redbone Coonhounds are relatively easy to train. Owners should, however, make sure that they act as the dog's consistent pack leader. It's important for owners to display strong leadership skills and to make the dog see that humans are higher in pack rank than canines. When training these dogs, firm and consistent methods should be used.

Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs is approximately 15 to 18 years.

Grooming These dogs are easy to groom. Their coat just needs to be combed and brushed occasionally to remove loose and dead hair. Bathing Redbone Coonhounds should be done only when necessary.

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