A medium to large size dog, the Redbone Coonoodle is a cross between a Redbone Coonhound and a Poodle. Both parent breeds are intelligent and loyal, so you can anticipate that your Redbone Coonoodle will be the same. A dog of the hybrid will be playful and eager to please his humans. While the Poodle is easy to train, the Redbone Coonhound can be stubborn, making training challenging. The Redbone Coonoodle will usually do well with other pets, particularly if he has grown up with them. As both parent breeds do well as watchdogs, the hybrid Redbone Coonoodle can be expected to as well.
The Redbone Coonoodle is a relatively new hybrid, though the two breeds that make the hybrid have long histories. The Redbone Coonhound was developed in America and is a descendent of Foxhounds and Bloodhounds. Red Foxhounds were imported into the United States with Scottish Immigrants in the late 1700’s; prior to the Civil War, Red Irish Foxhounds arrived with settlers from Ireland. During the late 1700’s coon hunters were seeking a faster dog who could find and tree raccoons more quickly than the area’s current breeds. The efforts to produce such a dog led to the Redbone Coonhound. While early dogs of the breed had black over their backs, as it was found that the red color was preferred, the black was bred out of the breed. George Birdsong, a well-known fox hunter and dog breed, successfully refined the breed in the 1840’s. Some believe that the breed got its name as a result of its color, but more than likely the breed is named for a promoter of the breed named Peter Redbone. The breed became better known after the book “Where the Red Fern Grows” as it included two Redbone Coonhounds. The breed was ultimately recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009. The Poodle is considered to be one of the oldest breeds ever developed. While the Poodle is believed to have come from Germany, the breed became what we know today in France and is a combination of several European dogs (to include the Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian and French water dogs). Other dogs believed to be ancestors of the breed include the North African Barbet; it has also been considered that the Poodle is a descendant of Asia herding dogs brought with the Ostrogoth and German Goth tribes. Another theory is that the Poodle has ancestors from the Asian steppes and that these dogs, along with the Moors in the 8th century, arrived in Portugal after the defeat of the North African Berbers. Statues and drawings of dogs that appear like the Poodle have been found among Roman artifacts and Egyptian tombs from the first century B.C.. The gypsies trained Poodles to be circus dogs and perform tricks. In 1888 the American Kennel Club recognized the breed.
The Redbone Coonoodle will inherit traits from both of his parent breeds; as with all mixed breeds, you can anticipate that he may inherit more physical characteristics from one or the other parent breeds, or a relatively equal combination of traits from each breed. Based on the size of his parent breeds, the Redbone Coonoodle will likely be medium to large in size, with a strong build. As both parent breeds have long necks, one can expect the Redbone Coonoodle to have a long neck as well. While the Redbone Coonhound has short hair, the Poodle has wiry hair that is close to medium in length; the Redbone Coonoodle’s coat can range from short to medium length. He will have a long muzzle and dark eyes that display intelligence.
The Redbone will inherit his behavioral traits from his parent breeds, the Redbone Coonhound and the Poodle. Both parent breeds are intelligent, therefore it is very likely that the hybrid will be as well. One can infer from the traits of the parent breeds that the Redbone Coonoodle will be eager to please his humans and this, along with his intelligence, will aid in his training, though it is important to note that the Redbone Coonhound can be independent and stubborn, sometimes struggling with obedience. The hybrid will typically be playful and affectionate with his humans. Both parent breeds do well with other pets, however the Redbone Coonhound may think that smaller animals like cats are prey and chase them; thus it is best if the dog is raised with the cat.
You can expect your Redbone Coonoodle to be an active dog; while the Poodle has an average activity and energy level, the Redbone Coonhound has a lot of energy. Your Redbone Coonoodle will require daily exercise and depending on the traits he inherits, he may be up for all sorts of active pursuits to include swimming, hiking, and hunting. Redbone Coonhounds enjoy participating in agility and obedience trials and tracking and often work in search and rescue, making these possibilities for the hybrid. Due to the traits that might be inherited from the Redbone Coonhound, your dog should be kept on a leash or in a fenced in space or he may run after something he scents. While the hybrid will do fine in an apartment or home with a yard, as long as he gets daily exercise, the hybrid may inherit the howl that is common in the Redbone Coonhound, which may bother neighbors.