1. Key Characteristics Treeing Walker Coonhounds
- AKC Group: Hound
- Height: Males are 22–27 inches; females are 20–25 inches
- Weight: 50–75 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12 to 15-plus years
The Treeing Walker Coonhound looks a lot like a tall Beagle. The eyes and ears are large with the ears hanging far down the sides of the head. The short and glossy coat comes in a tri-colored or bi-colored coat of white, black and tan that may include spots.
Fun fact: This breed was the last of the coonhounds to earn inclusion from the American Kennel Club (AKC).
2. Where Treeing Walker Coonhounds Came From
Thomas Walker imported English Coonhounds into Virginia in 1742; these later became known as Virginia Hounds.
Certain qualities of these dogs were desirable to retain, but they needed an additional edge when it came to hunting game, particularly the desire to hunt and the ability to stay with the prey until the hunter arrived.
Though they mainly hunt on the ground, some of these dogs have reputedly clambered up a tree after their prey.
These dogs were developed into the “walker” hounds until they were out-crossed with a stolen dog from Tennessee of unknown roots in 1945. The resulting dogs were named Treeing Walker Coonhounds and classified as a new breed.
The AKC recognized the breed in 2012, and these dogs were welcomed to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2013.
3. How Friendly Are Treeing Walker Coonhounds?
This is a fast, active dog breed. While they are friendly, confident and great with kids and other dogs, Treeing Walker Coonhounds follow their noses. They are intelligent, competitive and love to work.
These dogs need regular exercise and reinforced training. Without them, these dogs can become stubborn and destructive.
4. Is This the Right Dog for You?
HIGH: Treeing Walker Coonhounds are very active dogs and need regular, daily exercise. They love to work and have a high endurance level. They do well in warm climates and are considered too active for apartment life.
LOW: This breed requires minimal maintenance with a weekly brushing on the short coats and baths as needed. Clean the large ears regularly to prevent infection.
Shedding is minimal to average. In addition to the ear cleaning, brush the teeth and clip the nails regularly.
LOW: This breed is extremely healthy with no notable genetic conditions. The ears may be prone to infection because of their size, and there is a chance of hip dysplasia.
Working dogs of this breed may encounter a higher chance of injury or lacerations associated with their jobs. Because the dogs chase wild raccoons and may come in direct contact with them regularly, people with working hounds should be diligent with rabies vaccinations.
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5. How to Adopt Treeing Walker Coonhounds
If you do consider getting a Treeing Walker Coonhound, please look into rescues and adoption resources. Try out Petful’s online adoptable pet search. Failing that, check with rescue groups and breeders.
If you do choose to go to a breeder, please make sure the breeder is reputable and get to know the puppy mill warning signs.