The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a clever, affectionate, and confident breed. They are a relatively new breed and recognized as a separate breed in 1945, however they were not recognized by the AKC until 2012. Originally bred to hunt small game, these dogs make wonderful pets and get along well with children and with other dogs. They tend to be extremely energetic when they are young, but turn in to mellow and loving companions as they age.
Click here to find Treeing Walker Coonhound rescue organizations!
Top 10 Facts:
1. Part of what makes these dogs so good at hunting are their keen senses of smell and high levels of intelligence.
2. While these dogs are generally very friendly towards everyone, they do make good watch dogs and can normally sense when danger is near.
3. A distinct trait of the Treeing Walker Coonhound is its tricolor coat. They are known as “black blanketbacks,” for their coats.
4. The Treeing Walker Coonhound can weigh anywhere from 50 to 90 lbs depending on gender, and are on average 22 to 30 inches in height.
5. The ideal owner for a Treeing Walker Coonhound would be a family with older children, an active single, or a generally outdoorsy type of person.
6. A great trait of the Walker is that it loves having its own space, so they are very easy to crate train.
7. These dogs have extremely good senses of smell, so you should always walk your this dog on a leash to ensure they don’t run after a sent.
8. While these dogs do love the outdoors, they can not be left outside as outdoor dogs. They are very social and need to be around their people too.
9. These dogs are super easy to groom, requiring one brushing a week and a bath every three months.
1o. Treeing Walker Coonhounds are also generally pretty healthy, but a few have been diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Because they were bred to hunt raccoon’s, they may go after a few in your backyard. Check them to make sure that they haven’t been bitten or scratched to stop the spread of rabies.