Redtick Coonhounds have lean, muscular, medium-sized frames covered in short, hard coats that are usually red & white ticked, although the general English Coonhound breed can also be found in blue & white ticked, tri-colored with ticking, red & white and black & white. Their broad, slightly rounded heads have square muzzles and thin, low-hanging ears. They have muscular necks and bodies with long, tapered tails that are carried high. Overall, the Redtick Coonhound looks alert, swift and rugged.
The Redtick Coonhound manages to be relatively gentle and relaxed around the home, providing an interesting contrast to its hunting dog pedigree. Redtick Coonhounds are very patient and playful with children, and they can be quite friendly with new people. However, they also have a nose for danger. If you need a watchdog, they will do a solid job. With the right amount of training and socialization, the Redtick Coonhound can be a well-behaved, sociable and lifelong pal.
Redtick Coonhounds can live as long as 12 years. Generally healthy, some may develop common coonhound issues like hip dysplasia, eye problems and hypothyroidism. Redtick Coonhounds are relatively easy to groom. Brush them occasionally, and check their ears weekly to prevent infection.
Developed in the southeastern U.S as a tougher and sturdier version of the English Foxhound, the Redtick Coonhound (also known as the English Coonhound) was bred to hunt foxes during the day and raccoons at night. Today, Redtick Coonhounds do their fair share of hunting and tracking, but they also enjoy the comforts of home.