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Redbone Coonhound Temperament: Energetic, Affectionate, Companionable & Everything Else You Need To Know

The Redbone Coonhound temperament makes him the perfect family dog.

He loves his family, but he doesn't jump all over you to show it. He's very easygoing and happy-go-lucky.

Put another way, if actor Owen Wilson was a dog, he'd be a Redbone Coonhound.

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Redbone Coonhound Temperament and Personality

Here are six “need-to-know” traits about the Redbone Coonhound temperament.

These will help you better understand your Redbone's behavior.


There are a few things that the Redbone Coonhound enjoys more than spending time with his loved ones.


The Redbone is an even-tempered dog.

You can't really phase him by changing up his daily routine. He'll just give you a look that says, “Okay, what else you got?”

He can be an energetic dog at times, so in order to calm him down, make sure he gets his exercise.

You'll know you've run him to the end of his rope when he plops down at the end of the day for a snooze at your feet.


For a hunting dog, the Redbone sure is friendly. In fact, he is perhaps the most excited of all the Coonhounds when it comes to making friends. Other Coonhounds include the Black and Tan Coonhound and the Bluetick Coonhound.

Because he is so adaptable, he enjoys hunting as much as he does a day at the dog park with a bunch of other dogs.


The Redbone is not a dog you should leave alone – unless, that is, you can give him enough toys to keep him busy. Even then, you should not leave him alone for long.

His independent nature, coupled with his natural curiosity can work to make him destructive if he gets too bored.

His independent streak can also get in the way of training him. As a hunter, he is always coming up with ways to outsmart prey – and he won't think twice about doing the same to you.


As with any dog, baby Redbones are more energetic than older dogs. However, the Redbone is still a pretty high-energy breed.

For the Redbone Coonhound, hunting can take up a whole day and he has the energy level and stamina necessary to do whatever it takes to catch his prey.

When you consider the type of prey the Redbone is good at catching and helping hunters catch, it's no wonder he needs all that energy!

Redbones have caught (and helped catch) everything from raccoons and possums to cougars and even bears!

For you, this means he is very good at long hikes, jogs, or swims if you are into these activities.

As a matter of fact, if you have a very active lifestyle the Redbone's energetic temperament will match your high tempo


The Redbone gets along with everyone in the family, including kids and even cats (provided the cat doesn't give chase!).

However, his energy level may be overwhelming for smaller children. He may bowl the child over if he gets the “zoomies” and runs about the house.

You should still be hesitant about bringing a Redbone into your home, though, if you have smaller pets, like hamsters or lizards.

The Redbone is great at making you laugh one moment by doing something goofy, and then cozying up for a snuggle with you the next.

A Brief History of the Redbone Coonhound Breed

Peter Redbone of Tennessee, an early breeder of the Redbone Coonhound, is the dog's namesake.

Breeders bred the Redbone Coonhound to be a hunting dog who is agile and unafraid of taking on animals larger than him.

Wilson Rawls made the Redbone Coonhound a star in his popular novel, Where the Red Fern Grows, in 1961.

Redbone Coonhound Training

Redbones are versatile dogs. They are also very loving and wish to please their masters, which makes them easier to train.

As with all dogs, early socialization is the key to solving many potential problems.

For instance, socialization reduces the Redbone Coonhound's barking at other people while on walks.

You can start training a Redbone Coonhound as early as eight weeks old. It is for this reason that many people prefer to buy a dog from a breeder.

When you adopt a dog, the dog is usually older, and it can be difficult to gauge what, if any, training he has already had.

When you start fresh, it's like buying a new car. You have full control over the situation from the dog's early days.

Wait too long – say, six months – and you will have to train a dog who is more stubborn and set in his ways. It is more likely that he will try to outsmart you, rather than listen to you.


The Redbone does not require too much in the way of grooming.

His short, smooth coat needs only minimal maintenance. A bath every four to six weeks is sufficient to keep his coat and skin clean.

Use a grooming mitt weekly to prevent shedding.

Check his ears weekly to remove any debris so as to prevent ear infections from developing.


The Redbone's energy level makes him a great companion for outdoor activities, like biking and hiking.

He needs regular exercise to stay happy and healthy.

Because of his hunter instinct, though, never let him off of his leash. If he catches a whiff of potential prey, he will take off after it.

Staying Healthy

So you know what you are dealing with here are some physical specs of a normal healthy Redbone Coonhound:


  • Between 50 and 70 lbs. for a male.
  • Females are slightly smaller, at between 45 and 70 lbs.


  • Between 22 and 27 inches for a male,
  • And 21 and 26 inches for a female.

You can expect your Redbone Coonhound lifespan to be