Redbone Shepherd:German Shepherd and Redbone Coonhound Mix

Hybrid Breed

German Shepherd + Redbone Coonhound


What is a Redbone Shepherd?

The Redbone Shepherd is a fascinating cross between the German Shepherd and the Redbone Coonhound. This unique blend has many positive traits of both breeds, making it an ideal choice for those looking for a loyal and intelligent companion.

Origin and History

The Redbone Shepherd owes its existence to two notable breeds. The German Shepherd, known for its intelligence and versatility, originated in Germany where it worked as a sheepdog. The Redbone Coonhound, known for its strong sense of smell and hunting skills, originated in the United States where it was used to hunt raccoons.

The specific history and time of origin of the Redbone Shepherd is not exactly known, as it is a relatively recent crossbreed.

In summary, the Redbone Shepherd is a well-balanced mix of working and companion dog. His intelligence, eagerness to work, and loving affectionate nature make the Redbone Shepherd an excellent pet for active and dedicated dog lovers.

Alternate Name -
Origin Germany - USA
Life expectancy 9 - 13 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

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Character and traits

  • Active and Loyal: This dog breed is characterized by high energy and therefore requires a lot of exercise. A Redbone Shepherd has a deep-rooted, loyal character and makes an excellent family dog.
  • Smart and eager to learn: thanks to the intelligence of the German Shepherd and the alertness of the Redbone Coonhound, Redbone Shepherds are easy to train and interested in new tasks. However, this requires firm and consistent training.
  • Affectionate and Social: With its loving and friendly nature, this dog breed gets along well with both children and other pets.

Suitability and attitude

The Redbone Shepherd typically inherits the intelligence and working zeal of the German Shepherd and the scenting ability and endurance of the Redbone Coonhound. This makes them excellent for a variety of tasks including search and rescue, obedience training, and even as therapy dogs . They also make excellent family dogs, thanks to their affectionate and friendly nature.

Care of the Redbone Shepherd

Grooming requires quite a bit of commitment. Both parent breeds tend to shed a lot of hair, so regular brushing will help to limit the amount of hair in your home. In addition, the dog's ears should be checked regularly to make sure there are no infections. Lastly, checking and maintaining the claws and teeth is also essential.

An active lifestyle is also essential for a Redbone Shepherd. Both parent breeds are active breeds, and the resulting mix requires plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy.

Health of the Redbone Shepherd

As with any mixed breed dog, some health problems may be inherited from the parent breeds. Both parent breeds are generally healthy, but the German Shepherd can suffer from hip dysplasia due to its large frame.

Standard health tests such as hip and elbow exams, eye exams, and DNA testing for genetic conditions are essential. Regular vet visits will help keep your Redbone Shepherd in optimal health.

Breeding the Redbone Shepherd

Breeding a Redbone Shepherd requires careful planning and selection of parents. It is important that both parent breeds are healthy and well characterized. Puppies should be socialized and acclimated to different people, environments and sounds.

Breeding should always be responsible and ethical. The emphasis should be on improving the health and temperament of the breed, not on profit.

The Redbone Shepherd is a large and muscular dog with a powerful appearance that reflects the working lines of its parent breeds. He usually has a pronounced face with drooping ears. The Redbone Shepherd's size and weight can vary, depending on the specific genetic traits he inherits from his parent breeds.

The Redbone Shepherd's coat is typically short to medium length, smooth and dense, making it a weather-resistant companion. It varies in colors, from a rich shade of red inherited from its Redbone Coonhound parent, to the typical colors of the German Shepherd.

Fur length long - short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Standing Ears - Floppy Ear
Tail fanned out - lang
Anatomy massive, strong, muscular
Size ♀ 50 - 60 cm
Weight ♀ 20 - 32 kg
Size ♂ 53 - 69 cm
Weight ♂ 20 - 40 kg
Suitable For -
  • The Redbone Shepherd is intelligent, loyal, outgoing and playful. He is very trainable and tends to bond strongly with his owners.

  • Yes, the Redbone Shepherd is a suitable family dog, as he is loyal, loving and affectionate. However, he is not suitable for families with very young children, as he often has a lot of energy.

  • Yes, the Redbone Shepherd requires regular grooming.

  • The Redbone Shepherd needs at least an hour of exercise every day to stay healthy and happy. He is usually very active throughout the day.

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