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September 17, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Treeing Walker Coonhound

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Overview:

  • Height: 20"- 27”
  • Weight: 50-70 pounds
  • Historical function: Hunting
  • Modern function: Hunting, companion
  • AKC classification: Hound

Physical Characteristics:

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is resembles a large beagle or Foxhound, but was bred specifically to track and tree raccoons. They have powerful, mobile shoulders that enable them to even climb trees at times (depending on the tree structure.) They have large, long ears and the upper lips hang below the lower jaw. The front legs are long, straight, lean and strong. The short, glossy, thick coat usually comes in a tricolor pattern with a black saddle and tan and white markings, but may also be bicolored with tan and white or black and white markings. The tail has a white tip or "flag."

History of the Breed:

The Treeing Walker Coonhound decended from English Foxhounds imported in 1742 by Thomas Walker. These were reportedly crossed with a stolen dog named "Tennessee Lead" a dog of unknown origin sometime in the 1800's. He was known to be powerful in build, to have an excellent game sense and tracking ability with a clear, short chop-mouth. The breed was formally recognized as a breed in 1946.  

Temperament:

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is an active, highly intelligent dog that can scale 6-foot fences. Once stuck on a scent, this dog can wander very far distances with their extreme athleticism and tenacity. Therefore, this dog should not be trusted off leash except in safe areas. They are also known, however, for being quite difficult to rouse from a comfortable sleeping spot they've nested in. This dog is not suitable for apartment life. In spite of their hunting skills, this dog can be trained to get along nicely with the family cat. This is a very good-natured dog that gets along well with children and other dogs. 

  • Best suited for: Rural living or suburban living if given plenty of exercise. Loves to hunt. 
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog prefers warm climates and lots of room.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy care coat requires occasional brushing and rare bathing. Check the ears regularly.
  • Exercise needs: Daily long walk or run. 
  • Life expectancy: 12-13 years.
  • Health concerns: This is a generally healthy dog. 

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BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings: This dog enjoys a variety of toys, often hoarding them. Our Ear Cleaner is also recommended. 

Have any stories about a Treeing Walker Coonhound? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Just Chaos. 

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