July 26, 2014

Is a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog a redbone coonhound?

Question by Blubby Smith: Is a Rhodesian Ridgeback a redbone coonhound?
I have a dog and the vet said its was a redbone but it looks more like a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

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Answer by Lucky Man

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  1. Reddog76 says:

    Ridgebacks tend to be taller and heavier and have a "backwards" facing line of hair down the middle of their backs. This forms the distinctive "Ridgeback". They also tend to be a little lighter in color.

    Redbones have no ridge, their ears are long and floppy; almost long enough to reach the end of its own nose, and have a "richer" reddish brown color. Redbones also have partially webbed paws as they are usually strong swimmers and comfortable in water.

  2. Kirsten Penn says:

    NO! neither is a bernese mountain dog a whippet

  3. Not by any stretch of the imagination…two entirely different breeds.
    The site below does a side by side by side comparison of Vislas, Ridgebacks, and Redbones. It should answer all your questions.

    Hope this helps


  4. They are totally different. If your Ridgeback does not have the Ridge on his back, he is not a purebred.

  5. Bridget says:

    No, they're both entirely different breeds. But, if you don't know the parentage of your dog, it could be a mix for all anyone knows.

  6. No they are definitely not the same thing. Ridgebacks were bred as lion hunters and are from africa. Coonhounds are, well, hounds that hunt/tree raccoons. And just as an FYI – Ridgebacks are occasionally born without their ridges.

  7. Save the wolves. says:

    No. They are two completely different breeds.

    Does your dog have the characteristic "ridge" down his/her back that you see in the Ridgeback?

  8. a123e456 says:

    They are not the same breed. The coonhound has longer floppier ears.

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