Redbone Coonhounds usually get on well with people, children, and other dogs. Require daily exercise in the form of a long walk or plenty of vigorous yard play. Great at following scents when suitably trained and make great hunting companions. Very quick and agile dogs that are able to work for long periods in all weathers. A short smooth coat is characteristic of this breed that is always a rich red color. Patches of white spotting and black hairs on the muzzle can also be observed in the breed. Their nose is always black.
The Redbone Coonhound is named after Peter Redbone, one of the first breeders who developed the breed from crossing English and Irish Foxhounds with Beagles, Bloodhounds and other hound breeds to better track a scent. The breed was designed to handle the swampy terrain and hostile animals encountered in the southern United States, and as such stands it's ground and is comfortable in the water. The breed has been used for hunting cougars and raccoons, though is sometimes used as a water dog. The breed initially had a black saddle although this has vanished over time. The breed is a member of the American Kennel Club hound group and was formally recognized in 2009.