Is a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog a redbone coonhound?

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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  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. papaw says

    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


  3. Marian says

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

  4. 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.

  5. Erin says

    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.

  6. 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?

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