Treeing Walker Coonhound
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a descendent of the English Foxhounds brought to America by Thomas Walker in 1742. While they are similar to their cousins, the Walker Foxhound, the Treeing Walker split off as it was bred to chase prey that climbs trees. Their speed, agility, and endurance made them invaluable hunting dogs for tracking raccoons, gray foxes, black bears, bobcats, and anything else it could tree.
On the hunt, Treeing Walkers are alert, intense, and loud, sounding off with their big coonhound bawl. But don’t let that fool you; at home they are calm, affectionate, and great lovers of pillows and blankets. They have an even temperament that makes them great with children, and they form strong bonds with their families. They love attention, and need a lot of activity, so be prepared to take them for a long walk or jog every day, as they become anxious, high-strung and destructive if they don’t get enough exercise.
Treeing Walkers have a smooth, glossy coat in either black, white and tan, or tan and white. Big floppy ears frame a gentle hound face with round, dark eyes. They are muscular and lean, tending towards the thin side since they run so much, and they have a smooth, effortless gait.
They are highly intelligent, making them fast learners, but they will sometimes look for loopholes so you need to be consistent. They respond well to positive reinforcement techniques, but are very sensitive, so harshness and discipline will not work on these dogs. Teach them good manners and obedience. In particular, focus on not letting them jump up, a trait they’ve developed from tracking and chasing prey up trees, and teach them a ‘quiet’ command, since baying loudly is also in their nature. They love to work, so they make great candidates for agility and other dog sports.
Grooming & Care
Treeing Walkers have short, smooth hair that is dense enough to provide protection from the elements. They are average shedders, so all they need is a good brushing once a week, bathing only when necessary. Check their ears frequently and keep the insides clean to avoid infections.
The Treeing Walker is a healthy, hardy breed. They can be prone to ear infections, so remember to check and clean their ears frequently. They also have a tendency to eat anything that smells good, whether it is food or not. Don’t give them rawhide as this may cause digestive disorders.
Famous Treeing Walker Coonhound
Emma, title dog of "The Autobiography of a Treeing Walker Coonhound," a training book.
|Challenges||Not street-smart, especially when they’ve caught a scent.|
|Height||20 to 27 inches|
|Weight||50 to 70 pounds|
|Life||12 to 13 years|
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