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.
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 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.
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.