Treeing Walker Coonhound: History, Temperament, Care, Training & more

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Treeing Walker Coonhound
Breed Information

Treeing Walker Coonhound
Level of Energy  
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Climate Tolerance  
Good With Children  
Tolerance of Animals  
Suitable as Watch Dog    


Treeing Walker Coonhound – Just The Facts

  • AKC Popularity:  101
  • AKC Breed Group: Hound
  • Size of Male:  45-65 lbs., 22-27 in.
  • Size of Female:  45-54 lbs., 20-25 in.
  • Color:  Tri-colored – white, black and tan. White may be the predominant color with black marking and tan trim; or black may be the predominant color with white marking and tan trim, such as a saddle back or blanket back.
  • Average Lifespan:  12-13 years
  • Breed Origin: United States
  • Purpose:  Raccoon Hunter

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General Description

The Treeing Walker Coonhound descends from the earliest English Foxhounds that were brought to America. These dogs were once known as English Coonhounds, but by 1945 were quite distinctive and breeders broke away to breed the qualities they desired.

Today’s breed is a fast, sensible hunter able to find their quarry quickly. They have superior endurance and treeing abilities. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is intelligent, confident, and sociable with family and friends.

Origin and History

The Treeing Walker Coonhound has a distinguished lineage, descending from the earliest English Foxhounds brought to America. They were developed from the Walker Foxhound which, in turn, was developed from earlier Virginia Hounds.

The Treeing Walker today still resembles the Walker Foxhound. It has the same color and conformation as those earlier hounds. They are sometimes described as a trailing hound with a treeing instinct.

In terms of the way they work, the Treeing Walker is fast with a hot nose, but they are a sensible hunter. They have a clear, ringing bugle voice or they give a steady clear chop and make a changeover at the tree.

They are able to find their quarry quickly and they have outstanding endurance and treeing ability. They range widely and they can leave the original track if they find a stronger scent. Their speed makes them extremely competitive and their reputation grew as night hunts gained in popularity.

Treeing Walker Coonhound Temperament

The Treeing Walker is an active, alert dog and they do require plenty of exercise. They are typically confident, loving, highly intelligent, and sociable dogs. They enjoy spending time with their families.

While these dogs are great hunting dogs, with tremendous endurance and energy, at home they are mellow and they enjoy comfort. They will appreciate a comfortable dog bed or even enjoy lying on the sofa or your bed. Once one of these dogs is asleep in a favorite spot, you may have trouble waking him or making him move. They love to make a nest in a pile of pillows or blankets.

They have a calm, even temperament and they get along very well with other dogs and with children. They can even learn to live in harmony with cats if they are introduced to them carefully.

You should be warned that these dogs do tend to bark, as you would expect with a coonhound. They also have a natural tendency to stand up on their hind legs so they can reach many things up high that most other dogs can’t reach.

These are very loving, sweet dogs and they make good pets, provided you have time to train them. They are very smart and they need owners who can spend time with them.