Coonhound mixes have become increasingly popular. However, with so many options, which mix is right for you? Today, we’ll help you find out!
If you’ve ever seen “Where the Red Fern Grows,” you have seen a Coonhound before. These stunning dogs make regular appearances in movies and popular culture. There are good reasons for that. The Coonhound is a faithful companion who loves the company of its humans. Their love for people and positive demeanor has made them exceptionally popular.
Coonhounds are actually not one specific breed of dog, but a category of extremely closely related breeds. The most well-known of these is the Redbone. However, there are five other breeds of Coonhound as well. These are the American English, the Black and Tan, the Bluetick, the Plott, and the Treeing Walker Coonhound. For the purposes of this article, we will be referring to all of these breeds as the “Coonhound” and specifying where necessary.
Choosing the right breed for your family can be quite overwhelming, especially with how much information is out there about different breeds. With the rise of “designer dogs,” which are created by mixing two purebred dogs together, there is even more information to sift through.
There are good reasons for considering a mixed breed dog. You may find yourself stuck between two purebred dogs which both have characteristics that make them a good fit for your family. By getting a dog that combines these breeds, you can get the best of both worlds!
If you are interested in a Coonhound mix, you’ve come to the right place! We have compiled a list of the 7 most popular mixes that you should take into consideration. Of course, there are pictures included as well, so read on to find out which mix is best for you.
- 1 Top 7 Coonhound Mixes
- 1.1 1. Redtick Whippet (American English Coonhound & Whippet)
- 1.2 2. Walker Beagle (Treeing Walker Coonhound & Beagle)
- 1.3 3. Bluetick Rat Terrier (Bluetick Coonhound & Rat Terrier)
- 1.4 4. BT Walker (Treeing Walker Coonhound & Boxer)
- 1.5 5. Rhodesian Redbone (Redbone Coonhound & Rhodesian Ridgeback)
- 1.6 6. Australian Shepherd & Plott Coonhound Mix
- 1.7 7. Greyhound & Plott Coonhound Mix
- 2 Final thoughts: Which Coonhound Mix is right for you?
Top 7 Coonhound Mixes
1. Redtick Whippet (American English Coonhound & Whippet)
The combination of these two hounds, which were both bred to hunt, is a playful, energetic, and fun-loving pup. The extremely loyal and loving Whippet is an excellent addition to any household. Combining them with the American English Coonhound, who is similarly charming, was a no-brainer.
The Redtick Whippet is insanely intelligent. Plus, their desire to please people makes them easily trainable. However, both parent breeds have a strong chasing instinct when they see smaller animals. Teaching your Redtick Whippet proper recall is critical.
While both of these breeds are very energetic, the Whippet is lower in intensity. After a short run every day, they become couch potatoes. Unlike American English Coonhounds, Whippets do well in apartments. This makes the Redtick Whippet a good contender for an apartment dog.
2. Walker Beagle (Treeing Walker Coonhound & Beagle)
If you want a dog that is 100% hound but has a combination of different personality traits, the Walker Beagle is for you. Something many people don’t realize about beagles is that they are also a hound! So many characteristics between the Beagle and the Coonhound overlap.
Beagles do tend to be harder to train than Treeing Walker Coonhounds. Expect the Walker Beagle to be a headstrong dog that has a mind of its own. While highly intelligent, they would rather track a scent for hours than work on doing tricks.
As with all hounds, the Walker Beagle has a high potential for wanderlust. They are a great dog for a family who loves adventure. If you want a dog who would be happy to explore new places with you, look no further than the Walker Beagle!
3. Bluetick Rat Terrier (Bluetick Coonhound & Rat Terrier)
The Rat Terrier is a tenacious, fearless, and energetic dog. When mixed with the Bluetick Coonhound, these strong personality traits combine to create a sweet, feisty companion.
The Bluetick Rat Terrier is a people-oriented dog. What is most important to the Bluetick Rat Terrier is lots of play and positive affirmation from their humans. They may be wary of strangers at first but will warm up quickly if given the opportunity.
Not only is the Bluetick Rat Terrier fun to be with, but they are also adorable. The pointy ears of the Rat Terrier along with the markings of the Bluetick Coonhound combine to create a gorgeous breed. The Bluetick Rat Terrier is sure to draw attention wherever you go!
4. BT Walker (Treeing Walker Coonhound & Boxer)
The Treeing Walker Coonhound, when combined with the energetic and playful Boxer, creates the sweet and fun-loving BT Walker. This durable mix is great for families living in climates where other dogs may struggle. The BT Walker’s short, coarse fur makes them adaptable to warm weather.
The BT Walker is excellent with kids and would be good for a family that is looking for a dog to be their full-time companion. BT Walkers are notorious for trying to be lap dogs despite their rather large size.
Boxers are more trainable than Treeing Walker Coonhounds, but still have a mind of their own. The best way to train your BT Walker is to make sure that the training is enjoyable for them. This is key because training is an excellent outlet for the BT Walker’s seemingly endless energy.
5. Rhodesian Redbone (Redbone Coonhound & Rhodesian Ridgeback)
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is another member of the hound family. Because of the similarities between these hounds, the Rhodesian Redbone will inherit a very complementary set of personality traits from each parent dog.
The result of crossing the Redbone Coonhound and Rhodesian Ridgeback is a friendly, sociable dog that also has strong protective instincts. Rhodesian Redbones are some of the most friendly and loyal family dogs. If it were up to them, they would be with their humans all day.
Coonhounds are often not recommended to families with smaller pets because of their hunting drive, but this may be counteracted by the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s friendly demeanor with smaller animals. While all interactions between pets should be supervised, the Rhodesian Redbone may be well suited to families who love the Coonhound personality but also want to have smaller pets.
These breeds are often confused because they are so similar visually. Their striking red coat makes the Rhodesian Redbone the star of the show!
6. Australian Shepherd & Plott Coonhound Mix
The Australian Shepherd is a great breed for people who want a medium-sized dog with boatloads of energy. The Aussie is incredibly smart and easy to train, traits which are highly desired. By combining the Plott Coonhound with the Aussie you get a dog that’s not only adorable but also very obedient and intelligent.
They can be quite territorial though, which does mean that they have to be trained well. However, it also means that they’re great guard dogs!
7. Greyhound & Plott Coonhound Mix
This mixed breed is fast and independent, and not the easiest dog to train or care for. However, if you do manage to do so, they’re excellent companions that are highly loyal. The greyhound is an affectionate breed, which means that combining them with the Plott Coonhound gets you a hybrid that’s also very loving.
Another nice feature of the Greyhound is that they bark very little. As a result, the Greyhound x Coonhound mix is typically much quieter than some other dogs on this list.
Both of these dogs shed fairly little, which makes them very easy to groom.
Final thoughts: Which Coonhound Mix is right for you?
Because there are so many types of Coonhounds, the combinations of breeds are seemingly endless. While purebred dogs are a popular choice for many, sometimes it makes sense to get a hybrid dog. Since hybrid dogs can take on the traits of both parents, you can often find a mix that will fit the needs of your family very well.
The Coonhound has a very strong personality. They are loyal and loving to their people. They also have a strong prey drive and the desire to adventure. They are truly a dog who would do anything with you!
Each breed listed here has advantages and disadvantages. While a Coonhound mix may not be right for everyone, we hope this list can help you get an idea of some breed options that are available to you and your family.
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