Redbone Coonhound
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Redbone Coonhound

The Redbone Coonhound It is commonly used for hunting bears, raccoons and pumas.

Redbone Coonhound It is a breed of dog of American origin which, Since its inception it has been used for hunting of bears, raccoons, and even, Pumas. Physical characteristics and agility allow Redbone Coonhound hunting in swamps, in mountains and some tend to be used as water dogs (bailiffs).

According to the standard of the American Kennel Club: “The Redbone Coonhound is a balanced blend of beauty and temperament, with a notorious air security and great talents for hunting”. This beautiful race won his first record in the American Kennel Club in the 1904.

In the 18th century, many European type hunting dogs were imported to the United States, most of them in Scotland, France, England, e Ireland, as for example the English Foxhound, the Great Gascony blue, the Welsh Hound, the Beagle, and the Bloodhound they were among them.

Usually, they were brought to United States so that the rich of Tidewater planters (geographic area of Southeast Virginia and Northeast North Carolina) they could imitate the European nobility and participate in fox hunting.

However, After the American Revolution, as the consequences they pushed this group of people to areas located over West and deeper South of United States, the hunters saw that they needed dogs that adjust to the new climatic conditions and the fauna present in the area.

Dogs imported from Europe so far, they had been bred to hunt in a field that did not include very open marshy spaces, steep mountains, Cypress swamps, or animals such as crocodiles, bears, porcupines, Pumas, or raccoons. By this razón…, hunters understand that those European dogs were useless to since fighter that requirements, they were very good for hunting prey found in burrows in the ground, but for example, in the case of the raccoon, at the time in which the animal climbed a tree lost the track altogether, they were also afraid of the prey target, so it was not uncommon to see a dog flee terrified if it crossed with a porcupine.

With the time, the hunters of the South were choosing and selectively crossing the bravest race dogs, those who could even exceed the high resistance offered by a tree to hunt their prey, then included in the breeding programme a Coonhound.

In the 18th century, In addition to imports of European hunting dogs, Scottish immigrants brought with them their red color hunting dogs to Georgia (Georgia is one of the 50 the United States States, located in the southern region of the country. Georgia is the largest state of the country in area to the East of the Mississippi River, Since the West Virginia seceded from Virginia in 1863), These "hunting dogs Scottish of red" would become the parents of the Redbone Coonhound breed.

Because, joins the story of creation of the race when in 1840 begins to develop farming in a consistent way and the Scottish red hunting dogs join copies of Irish Foxhound and Bloodhound the crossing.

"The name"Redbone Coonhound"derives from the surname of one of the forerunners of the race", a farmer called Peter Redbone, a native of Tennessee, Although other very important breeders in Redbone Coonhound history of Georgia, for example, one of the most important breeders of the 19th century was Dr. Thomas Henry (of Georgia).

With the time, breeders followed a selective program which led to a Coonhound more specialized in dams climbed trees to, exceeded in conditions of European hunting dogs, He was not afraid of facing large animals, was agile enough to carry out hunting in the mountains as in a meadow, and he liked to swim if necessary.

These dogs were ideally suited for hunting in small and large prey herd. Originally, Redbone Coonhound had a brand that emulated a black saddle on the back, but in the early 20th century, the color became a pure red tone.

Like many American hunting dogs (especially those of the South), the Redbone Coonhound were widely known and loved by hunters and farmers, but totally unknown in the world of the canine show.

Recently, This has changed, and Redbone Coonhound has found its well-deserved recognition for part two important Canine Clubs of America. Unfortunately, for reasons of its main use, as a dog instead of a dog of exposure, the Redbone Coonhound is - extremely- rare outside of United States. There are few breeders in North America, and it is a breed virtually unknown in Europe and Australia.

As almost all the different dog breeds, "Redbone Coonhound has been with us since the art… appeared in the children novel"Where the Red Fern Grows"written by Wilson Rawls in the year" 1961 that tells the history and vicissitudes of a child and their inseparable friends, two Redbone Coonhound. For who is interested, in 1974 He became a film starring Stewart Petersen, James Whitmore and Beverly Garland. Later in the year 2003 got another version starred Joseph Ashton , Dabney Coleman, Ned Beatty and David Matthews.

Physical characteristics

The Coonhound Redbone has a slender body, muscular and well proportioned. With long, straight legs, chest width, with head and tail always higher than, gives an air of proud hunting.

The face of the Redbone is often described as a supplicant expression, with sadness in their eyes of brown or Hazel and the ears are long and drooping.

Its pelage is short, soft and well glued to the body, but thick enough to provide the necessary protection to the skin while hunting in dense undergrowth. Their legs are great thickness pads and palmately, It is common that they have Spurs. The nose should be black and prominent. The ears are flexible and stretch until almost the end of the nose.

The nose is always black and the color of the fur is deep red, Although a small amount of white on the chest, between the legs, or feet is allowed, Although it is not the preferred. The variations of black fur on the face and muzzle are also common.

Males should measure of 56 a 68,5 cm de altura a la cruz y las hembras de 53 a 66 cm.. The weight should be proportional to the size and bone structure. In general, the weight varies from 20,5 a 31,75 kg. Males are usually larger and heavier than females bones. 53 a 66 cm.. The weight should be proportional to the size and bone structure. In general, the weight varies from 20,5 a 31,75 kg. Males are usually larger and heavier than females bones.

The Redbone Coonhound is classified in the same group as the Beagle, Basset Hound, and Bloodhound, they share a common characteristic, they were raised - mainly- to follow their prey with the sight and smell to long distances. Also, instinctively they mark the position of prey hunters singing.

Character and skills

Redbone Coonhound, is a hunting dog, not the olvidemos…, This means that you will always be willing to chase small animals like rabbits, squirrels, Badgers and even cats. It will be necessary to have a high fence at home to avoid that is escape…

The hunting dogs require a good deal of exercise to be healthy and happy. The Redbone Coonhound is one dog suitable for life in the countryside or een the outskirts of the cities, the urban environment is not ideal, but it is feasible, When count with more or less an hour and a half or more than daily walk.

Redbone Coonhound has a independent intelligence suitable for problem solving and decision making… This can be a problem if you don't receive an adequate education.

The Coonhound Redbone is a excellent partner and the family pet, with some special considerations. I love being with their owners and family, and doing things with everyone feel happy or sitting close to the Group, If left out of the fun of the family or locked up during a party, for example, We will see our Redbone Coonhound, with the "corazón partio" as Alejandro Sanz…

In general, they are very loving and loving, often leap with joy at the foot I love barking vigorously to greet when he returns home and a typical Redbone duchará to all members of the family with their lambetazos of love. However, a dog of this breed generally does not seek attention so fervently as other races (for example, a Labrador Retriever).

The Redbone is a dog very vocal, as mentioned above, their strong bark very characteristic of the race uses it to alert the Hunter, therefore, need training for the control of their ladridos…

They are very guardians, extremely aware of clothing, and all the details of the territory of their owners, protect backyard against intruders for example, of 'post', garbage collectors, etc. His deep bark and long tusks and can be very intimidating for the unwary trespassers.

The Coonhound Redbone does not reach full physical and mental maturity up to two years of age, It is a bit slower than other breeds. Puppies and teenagers are more energetic than adults and need much activity so that we can not find destroyed furniture, If they get bored they can chew shoes, pry the Junk

If there is swimming pool at home, do not be surprised if your Redbone hits a jump and gets into the water with family, they are experts in the water and his ability can be compared with other breeds water lovers as the Labrador Retriever, the ability to swim.

Training is essential, and the owner must know that the harsh methods are not effective with this race, If the sweetness, firmness and perseverance accompanied by coherence. They tend to be a little stubborn, but they also know to be sensitive, and something dominant thing that may scare other animals of the House.

Once trained and aware of its size, the Redbone Coonhound is known for being very soft, fond of children, is very patient, It is not uncommon to see a Redbone playing hide and seek with a small child or see it tolerate how a baby that crawls throws its long ears.

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