Redbone Coonhounds are medium-sized, robust, stocky dogs. They have broad muzzles, low-set pendulous ears and fairly light golden eyes. They have loose skin folds around their necks, similar to the skin folds on the necks of Bloodhounds, but not nearly as pronounced. The Redbone’s tail is slightly curved and normally held upright. This breed has strong hindquarters and forelegs, which are essential to support its tireless hunting endeavors.
Size and Weight
Male Redbones range from 22 to 27 inches in height, measured at the shoulder. Females are between 21 and 26 inches tall, measured at the same place. The weight of the Redbone Coonhound should be proportionate to its height. There is a wide weight range in this breed; most Redbones weigh somewhere between 45 and 70 pounds.
Coat and Color
The Redbone Coonhound is a completely red-coated dog. It is the only solid-colored coonhound recognized by the American Kennel Club. Redbones may have very small traces of white on their feet or chest, but white coloring is not preferred. The hair coat of this breed is a deep, rich mahogany red. It is short, smooth and coarse enough to provide protection from brush and brambles when the dog is out in the field. Because Redbones spend so much time outdoors, they should be checked regularly for ticks. Their large floppy ears should also be checked for thorns, parasites or other types of debris.
Redbone Coonhounds are low-maintenance dogs. Their smooth, shiny, short coats can be kept in great shape with an occasional brushing or wipe-down with a damp cloth. They are not heavy shedders. If they have access to water, Redbones will dive right in, as they love to swim. They do not need to be bathed regularly, unless of course they get into something foul-smelling on one of their outdoor outings. All in all, Redbone Coonhounds are easy keepers.
Check the ears on a regular basis for signs of wax buildup, irritation or infection. Clean the ears with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved cleanser; never use a cotton swab in a dog's ear canal. Teeth should be brushed on a weekly basis to prevent tartar buildup, promote gum health and keep bad breath at bay. Trim nails monthly if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally outdoors.