They are high energy, fun loving, and loves to chase small furry things. I think they are a wonderful dog if you have time for them. They are a hound and smart, but take alot of patience to train. Most will also bay more then bark. It is a different sound, and carries. If you are seriously interested in the breed, call some breeders and ask a ton of questions. If you tell a breeder you are not interested in a puppy right now, you are just doing the research most will love to talk to you. If they don't cross them off your list and NEVER purchase from them. Contact as many breeders as you can, everyone has a different opinion. Do research online, and go to AKC, try to find out if there are shows or trials in your area. Go visit the dogs.
Remember any working/herding/hunting dog requries room to run, and has alot of energy.
My wife and I got a Redbone pup in December. She is a beauty, has a great disposition, gets a mix of outside time and inside since we couldn't put her out in the cold when we got her. She is very bright, playful and intelligent. Can't wait to take her to the Red Fern Festival next month. Have been leash training her, she didn't like it very much at first, but grew accustomed to it quickly. Now she gets excited when I get the leash out cuz she knows she is going for a trip. Can't wait to start hunting with her. She plays with the cats but learned quickly to leave the chickens alone after the rooster flogged her all the way to the door.
I am also the and I add VERY PROUd parent of a redbone puppy. Jackson is a 10 week old male and he is a wonderful puppy. Although a lot of people may be quick to purchase this breed because of their "cuteness" and very sweet temperment, don't be fooled. They are a very high energy dog and need lots of attention and room to run. Me and my fiance have had many almost sleepless nights because of house breaking and then wanting to play. It is almost like having a new baby in the house, but he is worth ever minute of it!! We love him sooooo much!!