Official NKC Redbone Coonhound Standards
standards were adopted after considerable debate among Redbone Fanciers
in the hope that the Redbone could be improved. It is hoped that bench
show judges and the breeders will take these standards and work to make
the Redbone more pleasant to the eye, to improve field work making a
better hunter, trailer and coon treeing
General Appearance &
A medium sized hound in color, (small amount of white on
feet & chest is permissible. Coat short & slick but dense enough to
protect against briars & brush.
Head & Neck (teeth, muzzle, eyes,
Ears set moderately low & extending near end of nose.
Neck medium in length slightly arched, held erect, a slight fold below
jaws is permissible. Teeth should be even with no overbite or under
bite. Muzzle well balanced moderately broad, never dished or upturned.
Eyes set well apart, dark brown to hazel with dark eyes preferred.
Front Quarters (chest, shoulders, front feet and
Chest should be broad & deep with ribs well sprung to
allow plenty of lung space, shoulders well rounded & muscular with
straight legs and well arched cat paw feet directly under shoulders
indicating speed and endurance.
Hind Quarters (hips, back, back feet & legs and
Hips & thighs should be well muscled and strong. Back
slightly arched, a little taller at shoulders than at hips showing well
muscles. Back feet and legs-rounded cat feet set directly under strong
and straight back legs. Tail is of medium length, carried gaily, with
Special Characteristics of
A dog of medium size, red in color (white on chest or
toes permissible), short slick coat, males 22” to 27” weight from 50 to
70 pounds: Females 21” to 26”, 5-10 pounds less. If well balanced
slightly taller, shorter, heavier, or lighter, should be considered a
A lithe swinging gate indicates speed and endurance. A
gait that permits long hours of hunting, and trailing game. An awkward
or shuffling gate is a serious fault, indicating weak feet, arches, or
Energetic, active, bold & trusting, affectionate towards
owner, suitable for hunting alone or in pack, strong treeing instinct.
Excessive shyness or fighting is a serious fault.