Redtick Coonhound

English Coonhound, American English Coonhound

This pretty dog, European at first, but developed to become a true American, has adapted very well to his country of adoption. The Redtick Coonhound now enjoys the official status of American dog, for hunting as well as for family. Originally created for the benefit of hunters, he can nowadays fulfill multiple functions very easily, from hunting, guarding and life companion, appreciated by many American families.

Height 53 to 69 cm
Weight 36 to 41 kg
Life expectancy 11 to 12 years
Home country United States (US)

Quick Overview of the Redtick Coonhound


  • Determined and fast
  • Smart and friendly
  • Confident
  • Very good life companion


  • Well-proportioned silhouette
  • Adapted physique for hunting
  • Robust and solid


  • Robust and solid
  • Excellent health
  • No particular genetic disease
  • Some cases of hip dysplasia

Temperament of the Redtick Coonhound

Determined, fast, robust, intelligent, friendly and self-confident, the Redtick Coonhound is an excellent hunting dog as well as companion.

He is very gentle, but needs early training to be docile.

Breed Appearance

redtick coonhound

The Redtick Coonhound's medium size silhouette and weight are generally well proportioned to his size.

His entire physique is adapted for hunting in American territory. Robust and solid, his build is suitable for work, making him a fast, alert and powerful dog.


Between 56 and 69 cm (22.05 to 27.17 inches) for the male
Between 53 and 64 cm (20.87 to 25.20 inches) for the female


Between 36 and 41 kg (79.37 to 90.39 pounds) for the male
Between 36 and 41 kg (79.37 to 90.39 pounds) for the female


The color of the coat can vary between red and white called "redtick", blue and white called "bluetick" and tricolor.


His coat is harsh and short to medium length.


His broad head has a rather wide and square muzzle. His eyes are generally dark in color.

His floppy ears are pretty thin. His nose is black. His conical tail is carried high.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group , section and is #

Tips About this breed

This excellent day and night hunter offers his masters an interesting canine contrast.

With a rather calm, relaxed and friendly character around the house and family members, he becomes a rather ferocious and lively hunting dog.

Due to his strong character and developed hunting instincts, he sniffs out danger easily and makes an excellent watchdog.

Despite his average size, he will stop at nothing if he has to protect his own. His aggressiveness and ferocity are impressive for his size, as is the strength of his character.

His education and socialization must be undertaken early and adequately.

He needs a firm hand and uncompromising education.

His strong temperament must be controlled to make him a stable, balanced, calm and rational life companion.

Once well trained, he makes an excellent companion dog. He will make all kinds of owners happy, as long as he is trained accordingly.

The Redtick Coonhound, specially designed for hunting day and night, is a very active dog and must be able to exercise regularly.

His great energy must be evacuated, in order to maintain his balance, both physical and mental.

He prefers wide open spaces to the city, where he can easily spend his boundless energy.

He is rather compatible with all, but his active temperament is however to be supervised in the presence of toddlers.

On the other hand, older children do not cause any problems. With early education and socialization, the Redtick Coonhound can live with everyone, young and old.

It is therefore essential that he receives a good education adapted to his temperament. He loves everyone, but he just needs to be softened to socialize safely.

Health of the Redtick Coonhound

Robust and solid, this superb hunting dog is in excellent health. The breed is not affected by any genetic disease or particular pathology.

Some specimens may have eye issues, hypothyroidism and some cases of hip dysplasia, but these are usually isolated cases. His long life expectancy is also appreciable.


In order to prevent infection, his ears must be monitored weekly.

His pretty coat requires brushing from time to time to keep it healthy and clean.

He is relatively easy to maintain and requires little time.

History of this breed

Born in the United States, the Redtick Coonhound has his origins in the Foxhound, brought to American territory by European settlers in the 17th and 18th centuries.

He thus shares his ancestor with all the other Coonhounds, except for the Plott Hound which does not come from the Foxhound.

Developed from the Hound of Virginia, which was originally imported into American territory by George Washington, first president, Thomas Walker and Robert Brooke, the Redtick Coonhound was used during daytime to hunt foxes and nighttime raccoons.

The final version resulted in a harder and much more robust dog than his ancestor, the Foxhound. The European version thus became totally American and facilitated his development in his adopted land.

Officially recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1995, and accepted in the hunting dog group in 2011, he was then allowed  to participate in the National Dog Show.

For the first time in 2012, he participates in the AKC Championship and the Westminster Kennel Dog Show of the Club.

This excellent hunting dog, solid, active and reactive, succeeds in being a calm and relaxed family dog.

He is a great hunter, but also enjoys the comfort of his home and the affection of his family.

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