REDBONE COONHOUND 2Where the Red Fern GrowsThe Redbone Coonhound is the first coonhound to be registered after the Black and Tan, in 1902. They were not recognized by the AKC until 2009,(AKC,2017). Today this breed is used as a companion dog. Their average lifespan is twelve to fourteen years, this breed does not generally suffer from any serious health conditions. Coonhounds are instinctive hunters, they are not difficult to train this breed to follow scents. The coat of the coonhound is a rich red color, that is short and flat. Many coon hunters owned a mixed red dog many years ago, that were able to tree and track raccoons decided to call them “Redbones.”This hound was named after Peter Redbone in Tennessee. Most of the breeding took place in Georgia(Walton, 2016). Breeders in Tennessee and Georgia wanted a hunting dog with more speed and better scent than the other coonhounds. In the beginning they were known as “Saddlebacks.” The main color is red and most of them used to have a black marking on their back. With special breeding, this black mark was taken out. Making them the solid red dogs that are now known by Redbone Coonhounds. Like other coonhound breeds they came from Foxhounds. Bloodhounds are possibly another cross within the redbone which is how some of the Redbone Coonhound got the white color marking on their chests and feet show. This mixture with the bloodhound makes them a reliable hunting dog. As the breed’s medium size, the fox festatures and the courage are in its nature. They are primarily used for treeing coon, but can used for hunting other, larger, game. REDBONE COONHOUND 3The Redbone Coonhound is mainly used for hunting bear, raccoon and cougar. Their agility allows them to be used for hunting from swamplands to mountains and some can be used as water dogs. It has long, drooping ears extended to the top of the nose when the dogs face is on the ground following a scent. The tail is held upright, the paws are compact with thick, strong pads. The dogs are twenty-one to twenty-seven inches tall with an average weight of fifty pounds to seventy pounds, (Meggitt, 2017). The sin is a dark red color, with a smooth and shiny coat, that lies flat, and is short. The coat colors come in red and some have small traces of the white on their chest and feet, this friendly dog is the only solid colored coonhound. Redbones have a great nose, able to locate coons and tree them faster than many other coonhounds. Like other coonhounds, the Redbone is agile and alert, able to work in all types conditions and different terrains. Their agility benefits them when hunting in the fenced country or steep, rocky ground. This coonhounds’ short coat has minimal shedding so it can be maintained with a weekly brushing, and bathing can be done as needed. Regular maintenance of the ears, nails, and teeth should be done to prevent any infections. While the Redbone Coonhound does not generally suffer from any serious health conditions Their long ears if not taken care of can harbor bacteria and become infected. Some have also been known to get hip dysplasia so getting their hips checks is strongly suggested. Other than that they may sustain injuries in the field while hunting. Some may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Redbone Coonhounds are healthy dogs. This is an even-tempered dog that loves to please their owners and prefers to stay as close as they can to them. These hounds are natural hunters so when it comes to being out in the woods, REDBONE COONHOUND 4not much training is needed. The Rednose Coonhound, however, when it comes to basic training they have a short attention span. Training should be done as early as possible. Using positive reinforcement and using treat will help keep their attention, (Lacoste, K). This breed is also known to be great with children, but not with smaller animals due to their natural instinct. They are highly energetic so a large fenced yard or daily runs are recommended. Create a routine to help your Redbone live happier, healthier, and longer. It is important to keep a close eye on your dog as a puppy, keep the door closed and pick up anything they could chew or swallow. With a high energy dog keeping it occupied is important, keep lots of toys around. Redbones love the water so using swimming as a form of exercise is a great idea. They are slow to mature, both physically and mentally. Use a high-quality diet and keep it consistent, this will help avoid any weight gain. The redbone coonhound, whose name comes from its rich beautiful coat, is a great hunter. Even though they are vicious in the woods they are gentle, loyal and lovable at home. They great with children and with other dogs but be careful with smaller animals due to there natural instinct. This dog is very low maintenance, there beautiful need very little brushing and they have hardly any health issues. The origins of the Redbone Coonhound can be traced back to the seventeenhundreds, but the American Kennel Club didn’t recognize them until 1902. (PetMD, 2017). Today this is one of the most popular hunting breeds.