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Hudson Hounds was developed to protect and preserve what we believe is the most intelligent, loving, and useful of all dog breeds; the Hounds, particularly Redbone Coonhounds, and American Black & Tan Coonhounds. We have a deep respect for the impressive innate skills of these dogs, and personally feel honored to receive their affections. We hope you feel the same.
Our goal is to raise the ultimate canine; a large, versatile, sensitive, family-oriented scent, trailing, tracking, and hunting dog that is as comfortable on the trail of a raccoon as it is on a trail of blankets and pillows. If you know hounds at all, then you already understand that these are the defining characteristics of the breed; cuddly AND fierce. It’s asthounding! To learn more about us, please continue scrolling below, or read our Who We Are page.
We raise our adult dogs on a premium blend of hand-prepared meats, fats, organic eggs, organic vegetables, lots of fruits, and Purina Pro Plan Sport formula. Our puppies eat a rich and balanced diet of Fromm Gold puppy food, raw organic eggs, and softened meats from the time they are 5 weeks old. At 6 weeks we add fresh fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, and select fats. We plant our lawns with heritage field mix, and on any given day, you'd think our Coonhounds were cattle, happily grazing on clover and fescue.
Coonhounds are hunters above all else. It's literally in their blood; in the same way that a Labrador cannot help but retrieve waterfowl, Redbones and Black & Tans cannot help but put their nose to the ground and let free that lovely sound that declares to the world that the chase is on. We believe that these instincts should be indulged and refined, even if you're not a hunter. We start our pups on raccoon and bear, and we hope you'll let these dogs continue to follow their nose, in one way or another.
Without responsible breeders, Redbone and Black & Tan Coonhounds would decline and disappear. We love this breed and consider them among the most valuable of all dogs, for reasons that you probably already know. We select only longstanding healthy champion Purple Ribbon bloodlines, and observe and evaluate until Sires and Dams are at least 2 years old before breeding them. We only breed our bitches once per year, with just a few total litters in a dog's lifetime.
Redbones and Black & Tan Coonhounds are strong-willed, highly intelligent dogs with a dual nature; they are rugged warriors on the trail of game, and absolute babies that need numerous blankets and pillows at bedtime. We spend more than 2 months socializing our pups every day with other dogs, animals, and people, and we carry out extensive desensitization training including: teeth brushing, handling of nails and feet, loud sounds/gunshots, baths, moving vehicles, and much more. This means that your new puppy will be well-adjusted and suited for any purpose.
Not every litter produces show-quality puppies. Some pups are hunting quality, some are field quality, some companions, and some show quality, and then there are those that could be all of these and more. We spend most of every day with our pups socializing, training, and evaluating them. We then grade our pups according to our own criteria, but we also understand that, in the right owner's hands, any of these pups will become amazing dogs.
All canids are highly social creatures, and the Coonhounds particularly so. These breeds are emotional and sensitive; they do not respond well to physical corrections and in fact need a considerable amount of love and affection to be healthy. We've seen many Redbones that spend their lives at the end of a chain, or in a kennel. We don't want that for our dogs because we believe that not allowing a social animal to be social is not only morally reprehensible, it's one of the worst types of abuse a dog can endure.