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The Treeing Walker Coonhound

Posted December 31, 2014 in Dog Breeds

Background
The Treeing Walker Coonhound has a long list of forbearers; We can follow the breed’s history through English Foxhounds to Virginia Hounds to the Walker Foxhound which sired the first Treeing Walkers.

The Walker’s job was to find and “tree” wild raccoons. Although the breed was first called English Coonhound, in 1945 they broke away and were bred to encapsulate very specific traits. Traits like endurance, treeing ability, and tracking were prized most of all.

The Treeing Walker Coonhound was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2012.

Sizing up

  • Weight: 45 to 80 lbs.
  • Height: 20 to 27 inches
  • Coat: Short and smooth
  • Color: Tricolor of black and white with reddish markings
  • Life expectancy: 10 to 13 years

What’s the Treeing Walker Coonhound like?
Always ready to play, the Treeing Walker Coonhound loves to entertain and please. This dog thrives on human companionship and physical activity. He requires a lot of exercise and would thoroughly enjoy hiking. Hunting gives him great pleasure, it’s what he was bred for afterall; If he’s not allowed to hunt he may go chasing after smaller game to satisfy his desire -- Keeping him on a leash will help keep him from this temptation.

When it comes to training your Walker, because he is a hound, you should know that he carries an occasional stubbornness. It’s important to start his training right away, and make sure he knows you’re in control. He can get bored easily so keep sessions short and interesting; positive reinforcement and food rewards go a long way and will help keep him motivated.

Grooming a Walker consists of a weekly brushing—usually with a rubber curry brush—to keep his coat looking beautiful and to remove any dead hair.

Health
The Treeing Walker Coonhound may contract frequent ear infections or hip dysplasia, but is otherwise, usually, healthy.

Takeaway points

  • The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a relatively healthy breed.
  • The Treeing Walker Coonhound only requires minimal grooming.
  • The Treeing Walker Coonhound would make an excellent hunting companion.
  • The Treeing Walker Coonhound is an all around great family dog.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.