Redbone Coonhounds are determined, energetic, tenacious, tireless and fearless, especially while on the hunt. These personality traits are part of what make Redbones such fantastic scenthounds. In addition, Redbone Coonhounds are affectionate, friendly, kind-hearted, sensitive and extremely good with children and other animals. This is not a high-strung, fussy or clingy breed. Redbones adapt effortlessly to a wide variety of new situations. They are not suspicious or wary around strangers, nor are they overly boisterous or pushy. These are solid, stable hound dogs that can work in the field all day, and then comfortably relax with the family for a nice evening at home.
The Redbone Coonhound is a very athletic, active breed. Redbones require regular exercise to maintain healthy mental and physical fitness. They enjoy swimming and using their noses, so lots of time in the great outdoors is especially important for these dogs. Redbone Coonhounds are happiest when hunting is a regular part of their lives. If left alone and unattended for long periods of time, the Redbone can become bored and destructive due to its fairly independent and naturally curious nature. While Redbone Coonhounds are not “couch-potatoes,” they do enjoy a warm, cozy nap just as much as the next person. After a full day of work or play, they usually can be found curled up at their owner’s feet, completely content.
Redbone Coonhounds are sensitive, fairly “soft” dogs. They are slow to mature, both physically and mentally. As a result, they can take a bit more time to train than some other breeds. The Redbone’s hunting instincts are so deeply ingrained that little or no training is required to teach it to trail and tree game. Other, more mundane obedience-type training (sit, stay, down, come, roll over, etc.) may require more creative methods to keep the Redbone’s attention. Positive training, with lots of repetition and rewards, is the best way to train this breed.
Redbone Coonhounds are good natured, easy-going dogs. They don’t startle easily, are not particularly vocal and have an independent streak that keeps them from being overly clingy. Redbones love to romp outside, and they especially love to swim. Most Redbones are enthusiastic eaters. Unfortunately, because of this, they have a tendency to become fat. They should be fed a top-quality diet to support their high energy requirements, but portions should be carefully managed to prevent obesity. Owners of Redbone Coonhounds should pay attention to their dog’s weight, to be sure that they stay lean, happy and healthy.