Treeing Walker Coonhound
Height: 20 - 27 inches.
Weight: 45 - 70 lbs.
Life Span: 12 - 13 years.
Litter Size: 7 - 8 puppies.
Country of Origin: United States
Watch-dog: Medium. They are effective as a watch dog and have a choppy voice to boot.
Guard-dog: Low. This breed is friendly to everyone.
Description: The Treeing Walker Coonhound is an exceptionally intelligent breed of coonhound that has an excellent nose and strong desire to hunt. They are a medium to large sized dog that almost looks like a large Beagle. They come in tricolors of white, tan and black or brown. They have catlike feet, a deep chest and a long tail. With medium length ears and dark eyes, the Treeing Walker Coonhound charms its way into the hearts of owners all over the U.S. They are very intelligent dogs, and are known for manipulating the environment to serve their needs. Treeing Walker Coonhounds are also very loving and greatly enjoy being near you. Outside or anywhere, however, they are very energetic and outgoing - always ready for a hunt or a scent. When on a scent, they don't bat an eyelash to their owners and simply follow their nose. But they are easy to train, when they listen to the training. Confident, gentle and friendly, the Treeing Walker Coonhound is a breed one won't soon likely forget.
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Colors: Tricolors in white, black and tan, or brown. Tricolors are preferred but bicolors are allowed. Some dogs are white with tan spots or white with black spots.
Coat: Short, smooth, and glossy.
Temperament: The Treeing Walker Coonhound is excellent at hunting and has great scenting abilities. They have a choppy voice. They are intelligent, loving, eager to please but high strung. They may be very energetic. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is confident and brave, having speed and drive for the hunt. They are outgoing, energetic, and they get along with almost anyone. They are also very gentle, and they like to sleep in bed with you if they can! They are relatively easy to train but stubborn once on a trail. They have been known to manipulate their surroundings in order to accomplish something, such as arranging furniture in order to jump up on something. They are an intelligent breed with excellent problem solving skills. They like to dig if they have something to bury.
With Children: Yes, they are good with children.
With Pets: Yes, they along well with other dogs and work with them.
Care and Training: The Treeing Walker Coonhound should be occasionally brushed and bathed in order to remove dead hair and dirt. Low maintenance is all this breed requires. This breed should be exercised regularly to keep them in shape for hunting, as they have a strong desire to hunt and need the exercise. When training a Treeing Walker Coonhound one should be very to help them avoid every loophole possible. These dogs can be particularly intelligent when it comes to undermining your command.
Learning Rate: High. Obedience - Medium. They are easily trained, yet like any hound, they lose all response to their owners when on a scent. Problem Solving - High.
Special Needs: Exercise, fenced yard, and a leash.
Living Environment: This breed requires exercise to keep in shape, and does better in the country. They are not suitable for an apartment. The best owner for this breed would be an active owner living in a rural or suburban environment.
Health Issues: There are no known health conditions particular to this breed.
History: The Treeing Walker Coonhound has had a longer history than some other coonhounds. This breed came from the English Foxhound and the English Walker foxhounds. English Walker foxhounds came to America around 1742, and were developed by a man named Thomas Walker, who was from Virginia. From these beginnings came different "Virginia hounds". The English Foxhounds were imported to the United States by George Washington, no less. In the 1800s a dog of unknown origin that seemed like a foxhound but had an intense work drive was crossed with the Walker hounds. The offspring of these hounds produced what is now known as the Treeing Walker Coonhound. Having a hot nose, excellent game sense, drive, speed, and a chop mouth, the Treeing Walker Coonhound has been said to be the best coonhound there is. Although a hound, this breed specializes in raccoon and opossum. In 1945 the Treeing Walker Coonhound split from the English Coonhound breed. Today they are still on the Foundation Stock Service list in the Hound Group.
First Registered by the AKC: 2012
AKC Group: Hound Group