The Redbone Coonhound's Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: United States Original purpose: hunting Name: also known as simply Reds Historical notes: The Redbone Coonhound dogs were developed in Georgia in the 19th century from foxhounds and bloodhounds. They were carefully selected to be faster and have keener senses of smell than other coonhounds. They are greatly valued by hunters and farmers and it was only recently that they were recognized by the two major kennel clubs of the United States. They are virtually unknown outside the US.