Country of Origin
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is an American breed developed by George Washington Maupin and John W. Walker of Kentucky, the latter for whom the breed is named. ‘Treeing’ refers to the Treeing Walker Coonhound’s ability to pursue animals which flee through the treetops, such as raccoons and possums. Some Treeing Walker Coonhounds can just about climb a tree to get at their prey; all will bay and howl until the hunter arrives for the kill. Virginia hounds (descended from the English Foxhound) imported into the U.S. by Thomas Walker and President George Washington served as the source breed for the Treeing Walker Coonhound. The Treeing Walker Coonhound was crossed in the 1800’s with a stolen dog named ‘Tennessee Lead’, a quick, energetic dog of unknown breed with a short non-houndish mouth. The Treeing Walker Coonhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1946; it is not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club. Today, Treeing Walker Coonhounds are usually used as hunting dogs, but they also make excellent pets.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound has a shoulder height of 51-69 cm (20-27 in) and weighs 23-32 kg (50-70 lbs). Treeing Walker Coonhounds have large ears and lips (‘flews’). They have large shoulders and straight, thin legs. Treeing Walker Coonhounds have the appearance of a large Beagle.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound has a smooth, short-haired, glossy coat which is bicolor (tan and white or black and white) or tricolor (tan, black, and white).
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is friendly, confident, and very energetic. It is devoted to its master and eager to please. Treeing Walker Coonhounds thrive on attention and require a large degree of human companionship. They love to cuddle. Treeing Walker Coonhounds tend to bark and howl frequently and may drool. They are considered to be among the finest Coonhounds for treeing competitions due to their quick speed and excellent scenting ability.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound gets along well with children and other dogs. It will become mischievous if not given proper exercise.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound requires only an occasional brushing. Treeing Walker Coonhounds have a lifespan of 12-13 years and face few health problems.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is easily trained as it can learn by example. It is highly intelligent and can learn to manipulate simple household objects, sometimes to its own purposes. The Treeing Walker Coonhound has a strong natural instinct for treeing and will disregard most commands when on a scent.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound has a very high energy level and requires a long walk or jog every day. Treeing Walker Coonhounds also enjoy swimming. Their favorite activity is chasing a scent. As they have a strong tendency to follow a scent at a high speed, Treeing Walker Coonhounds should be walked on a leash or exercised in a fenced-in yard to prevent them from running into traffic. Some are capable of jumping fences as high as six feet, so proper precautions should be taken. Treeing Walker Coonhounds are not recommended for apartment life due to their high energy level.