Male Height (typical): 51-69 cm. (20-27 inches)
Female Height (typical): 51-69 cm. (20-27 inches)
Male Weight (typical): 22-32 kg. (50-70 pounds)
Female Weight (typical): 22-32 kg. (50-70 pounds)
Country of Origin: United States
Exercise Required: Daily long walks.
Expected Life Span: 12 – 13 Years
Best suited as: Hunting Dog, Family Pet
Description – The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a breed that is perfectly suited for hunting. They have flexible frames that allow them to be fast and agile when in the wild and larger ears that can sense game at a distance. They are also quite vocal and can be heard by their hunting companions at great distances. Their primary breeding intent was to make them the perfect hunting dog that could tree their quarry. They have developed through the years to be experts at this task as well as wonderful family companions after the hunting day is done.
Origin & History – This breed originated in the 18th century from an unidentified stock that was thought to include the English Fox Hound. The modern breed got its start in 1872 by a breeder named Thomas Walker in Virginia. He mixed the original English Fox Hound with an unknown breed of dog to increase its speed and stamina. Over the years this breed was further refined to make it a more focused hunter. It uses it large ears to listen for the slightest movement and then chases its prey until cornering it. Once the prey is trapped, the Treeing Walker Coonhound then starts baying so that the hunter can find them. The dog also has an excellent sense of smell and will use this to its advantage in the hunt.
Temperament – The Treeing Walker Coonhound is primarily bred to be a hunting dog but its gentle personality also makes it a great companion. It is a very smart animal and will go to great lengths to please its master. It is loving enough to be welcomed into any family and will bond quickly. This breed craves attention and is a quick learner when it comes to hunting tasks. They require a good bit of exercise and this is best done outdoors on a long walk or hunt.
Exercise & Grooming – If the Treeing Walker Coonhound is used for hunting it can get all the exercise it needs in a few hours of chasing prey. On the days when it’s not hunting it needs to be exercised with long supervised walks. This allows it to burn off any excess energy as well as get the attention it craves from its owner. This dog will not do well if left alone and needs to be challenged physically and mentally to be happy and healthy. Since the Treeing Walker Coonhound has a short and smooth coat their grooming needs are minimal and a good brushing a few times a week is all that’s required. Bathing should be avoided so as to not dry out the skin or remove the protective oils of their coat. The ears should be cleaned regularly and checked for debris that can accumulate from running through the brush.
Health Concerns – Because this dog can be very active in outdoor situations while hunting, it runs the risk of injury from falls or encounters with its prey. Care should be taken to prevent his type of injury as much as possible. They are also a slave to their senses and will explore beyond the backyard if they find a way to escape. Since they follow their noses and have a poor sense of direction they can become lost if a scent can no longer be followed. They can also walk into traffic as they tend to focus so tightly on the hunt.
Treeing Walker Coonhound Organisations in Australia
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Treeing Walker Coonhound Organisations in the UK
Treeing Walker Coonhound Rescue Groups
Treeing Walker Coonhound Organisations in the US
American Kennel Club – Treeing Walker Coonhound
United Kennel Club: Treeing Walker Coonhound
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