Descending from the bloodlines of Foxhounds, the Redbone Coonhound is developed from selective breeding and has remained true to type in color and conformation. It is said to have been named after one of the early breeders and fox hunters coming from Tennessee, Peter Redbone. Started as a breed in Georgia, United States, the original Redbone Coonhound has a black saddleback but this was bred out and by the 1900s the breed has a solid red tone. Robust and muscular, the breed weighs between 50 to 70 pounds and stands at an average height of 21 to 27 inches. The ears are long and hanging. The dark brown or hazel eyes always have a sorrowful expression. They have long and straight legs, a deep chest and a tail that is always held high. The nose is black and it has a slightly defined stop between the brows and the nose. The coat is smooth, shiny and lays flat to the body. Colour is always solid red or sometimes red with some white markings on the feet, chest and between the legs.
The Redbone Coonhound is used for hunting raccoons and as a companion dog. Even-tempered, affectionate and lively, it is a breed that enjoys being with their people. They are very good in dealing with children and have a strong desire to please their owners. Like most coonhound breeds, they are alert, persistent and can work in all kinds of terrain and weather. They are instinctive hunters and their keen sense of smell helps them follow a trail for as long as it takes. They have a life expectancy of about 11 to 12 years.