Treeing Walker Coonhounds directly descended from the English Foxhounds that Thomas Walker of Virginia imported from England in the year 1974. But the breed was not recognized independently until the mid 1940s. It is an offspring of the Walker Hound and a dog that is of unknown origin called the Tennessee Lead.
The foxhounds were said to have been imported to Virginia in Walker’s attempt to establish the infamous foxhunting tradition of the Englishmen in the New World. However, foxhunting did not become a tradition until a few years later. Treeing Walker Coonhounds chase and catch raccoons, roof rats, squirrels, skunks, opossums, bobcats, cougars, and even bears.
They chase and catch squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks, roof rats, bobcats, and even bears. They are famous for their ability to tree their prey and when given the appropriate training, they will be able to bay distinctively, telling its human companion that the chase is over and the prey has been cornered. They are designed to be hunters and learn that skill on their own so they are not very good urban and suburban pets.
Although dogs of this breed are unstoppable and seem to never get tired, they are totally efficient and naturally affectionate. Treeing Walker Coonhounds love warm climates and are naturally athletic so they fancy swimming and running around. Because they are one with the other breed of dogs that are remarkably agile, you will almost never find them sunbathing or lying around to take naps.
Walker Coonhounds coats smooth, short, and are bicolor or tricolor. They have sturdy shoulders and lean, straight legs and they usually weigh 50-70 pounds with body width that is at around 20-28 inches. They have ears that are larger than their heads and most people would usually mistake them for oversized beagles.
Coonhounds become restless when they lack physical and mental exercise. Owners thus have to make time taking them to walks or to a dog park where they can play and run around. Because they are lovers of the outdoor and outdoor activities, they are not very suitable for life in apartments.
Although they are hunting and working dogs by nature, they also make good companions as they can deal with children and other dogs quite well. Training Walker Coonhounds is easy as they are able to learn tricks and routines by example but they are classified as scent hounds so there will be times when they will follow their noses rather than follow their human trainer. Their howls are so distinct, owners can easily recognize their own pet when they hear them bay.
These dogs rarely develop complicated health issues and can live up to 12 to 13 years. Although they need only minimal grooming, owners should make sure that they are able to take occasional baths. To prevent infection, their ears should be cleaned and checked regularly.
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- Smart, Brave, Courteous
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 137 of 193
- Height: 22-27 inches (male), 20-25 inches (female)
- Weight: 50-70 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
- Group: Hound Group
Treeing Walker Coonhound Association
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The purpose of this group is to promote and protect the Treeing Walker Coonhound. This site will include information on the club, membership information, upcoming events and any concerns of the breed. It welcomes all fanciers of the breed in every American venue: show, hunt, obedience, agility, companion and any and all other events. This site will be also an open area for civil discussion of concerns and questions about Treeing Walkers. If at any time any of the administrators feel that someone is not beneficial or sportsmanlike in their posts they will be promptly removed from this page ‘