Distinguished by his flashy red coat, the Redbone Coonhound was bred to tree raccoons and cougars. His athleticism, speed, agility and ability to hunt a cold trail make him an outstanding hunter. A determined, proud breed, the Redbone Coonhound is aggressive and fearless in the field but gentle and eager to please at home. His smooth, yet slightly coarse coat only needs occasional grooming.
A well-established breed in the U.S. before 1900, the Redbone Coonhound descended from the Scottish and Irish red foxhounds imported between the late 1700s and the Civil War.Two Redbone Coonhounds, Old Dan and Little Ann, were the main characters featured in Wilson Rawls’ famous 1961 children’s novel “Where the Red Fern Grows.”