Treeing Walker Coonhound Dogs
Treeing Walker Coonhounds are high-energy, hardworking canines with an excellent sense of smell and a keen intelligence. Somehow, in spite of these powerful hunting instincts, they manage to be relatively gentle and relaxed in the home. Treeing Walker Coonhounds are very patient and playful with children, and they can be quite friendly with new people. However, Treeing Walker Coonhounds have a nose for danger. If you need a watchdog, they will do a solid job.
Treeing Walker Coonhound Pictures
- 50 - 90 pounds
- 22 - 30 inches
Ideal Human Companions
- Outdoorsy types
- Families with older children
- Active singles
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Things You Should Know
Treeing Walker Coonhounds can live as long as 12 years. Generally healthy, some may develop common coonhound issues like hip dysplasia, eye problems and hypothyroidism. They are relatively easy to groom. Brush them occasionally, and check their ears every week to prevent infection.
Treeing Walker Coonhound History
Developed from Virginia’s Walker Foxhound—which, in turn, came from the English Foxhound—the Treeing Walker Coonhound was bred for tracking and treeing. Treeing is when a dog is trained to chase animals up a tree and keep them there until someone arrives. Today, Treeing Walkers are still involved in outdoor sports and agility, but they also enjoy the comforts of home.
The Look of a Treeing Walker Coonhound
Treeing Walker Coonhounds have lean, muscular, medium-sized frames covered in smooth, glossy, dense coats that are usually black, tan and white. Their slightly rounded heads have square muzzles and thin, low-hanging ears. They have muscular necks and bodies with long, tapered tails that are carried high. Overall, the Treeing Walker Coonhound looks alert and hardy.
Talk About Treeing Walker Coonhounds
15 years and still treeing!
At 15-years-old, our Angus is still going strong. This is a very sweet breed, even in elder years. These dogs are persistent at the tree. They can go for hours, and I mean hours just barking and waiting for that one moment of mishap of the squirrel.
Once in treeing mode, the bark never stops. Great watch dogs with a fierce and persistent bark. So much character they could write a book. I hope you like to be outdoors, because these dogs really like exercise and going the distance.
~Jaymie C., owner of a Treeing Walker Hound
A champion cuddler
We adore our Shiloh. He wandered onto a friend's farm and wouldn't leave, so we adopted him. Our vet thinks he's about 2 years old. He weighs about 48 pounds -- the low end of the Walker scale.
He is very active. He likes to run and play with other dogs at the dog park. My husband takes him for a walk every morning and every night. He loves to chew on things (uh-oh) and he's dug some holes in our backyard (yikes!).
He's very smart, too. When we leave the house, we say "kennel," and he goes to his kennel, opens the door (yes), and gets in.
The primary thing the dog does is cuddle. He is a champion cuddler. If you like to cuddle with a dog, this breed more than makes up for any howling, chewing, or digging it may do. They want to be right up on you 24/7.
He is great with my 5-year-old daughter. He does like to be on his hind legs, though, and will greet a guest this way. Very trainable though.
We are sorry he can't live 50 human years, because that's how long we probably have left on this planet. We can't imagine life without him.
~Tracy S., owner of a Treeing Walker Coonhound
A runner, not a walker
She should be called a runner, not a walker ... what a lover. Her name is Valley Girl and she is a princess. We rescued her from the Franklin Co. dog shelter at 6 months, and it was the best decision ever!
We have cats as well and they all love each other. With all animals, introducing them young helps a lot. We have a big backyard, which is a must.
~Kristin G, owner of a Treeing Walker Coonhound