Treeing Walker Coonhound

Canis lupus

Last updated: October 9, 2021
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The breed has several distinctive vocalizations, such as a long, yodeling call when he is on the hunt, and a short repeating bark once he trees his prey. Whining is normal as he anticipates the hunt.



Treeing Walker Coonhound Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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Treeing Walker Coonhound Facts

Fun Fact
The breed has several distinctive vocalizations, such as a long, yodeling call when he is on the hunt, and a short repeating bark once he trees his prey. Whining is normal as he anticipates the hunt.
Temperament
Loyal and calm
Diet
Omnivore

Treeing Walker Coonhound Physical Characteristics

Colour
  • Black
  • White
  • Tan
Skin Type
Hair
Lifespan
12 to 13 years
Weight
70 lbs

Treeing Walker Coonhound as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Shedability
Trainability
Intelligence
Tendency to Chew
Size
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Moderate
Seperation Anxiety
High
Preferred Temperature
Average climate
Exercise Needs
High
Friendly With Other Dogs
Group
Dog group
Hound
Male weight
50-70 lbs
Female weight
50-70 lbs

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The Treeing Walker Coonhound has several distinctive vocalizations, such as a long, yodeling call when he is on the hunt, and a short repeating bark once he trees his prey. Whining is normal as he anticipates the hunt.

Loving and confident, this is a working breed that enjoys spending time with humans. Developed from English and American Foxhounds, some of the oldest dog breeds in America, they make good housepets but must have a job to do. Without an outlet for their energy, they can become destructive and restless.

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Primarily used to hunt raccoons, the Treeing Walker Coonhound can hunt on its own or as part of a pack. In addition to raccoons, the breed can track bears, bobcats, and cougars. The breed is also quick and is sometimes used to hunt deer in states where it is permitted.

The preferred color for the breed is tri-colored, a combination of white, black, and tan. They can also be mostly white, with black or tan areas, or mostly black, with white or tan areas.

Different Types of Treeing Walker Coonhound Mixes

The Treeing Walker Coonhound may be crossed with other hounds, such as the Bluetick Coonhound, resulting in a Bluetick Walker, and the Beagle, resulting in an excellent hunting dog that is also family-oriented.

The breed is also crossed with non-hunting breeds, such as the Boxer, resulting in the BT Walker, the Poodle, resulting in the Treeing Walker Coonoodle, and the Bulldog, resulting in the English Bull-Walker.

3 Pros and Cons of Owning Treeing Walker Coonhound

Pros!Cons!
Low-maintenance coat Requires a lot of exercise
Excellent hunter Will follow his nose
Friendly Can be strong-willed
A Treeing Walker Coonhound dog outdoors.
A Treeing Walker Coonhound dog outdoors.

Treeing Walker Coonhound Size and Weight

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a medium-sized dog with a sturdy, lean build. He was developed to run effortlessly while pursuing prey and should look the part of an athlete, with weight in proportion to height.

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Height (male) 27″ tall
Height (female) 25″ tall
Weight (male) 70 lbs, fully grown
Weight (female) 70 lbs, fully grown

Treeing Walker Coonhound Common Health Issues

The breed is generally healthy, but there are a few issues that may cause concern. Like many breeds, they may develop hip dysplasia, one reason why purchasing from a reputable breeder is important. Also, due to their floppy ears, it is easy for moisture and debris to become trapped and lead to ear infections. It is important to check and clean their ears frequently to keep them healthy.

Treeing Walker Coonhound Temperament

The breed is generally calm, sociable, and loyal. They are typically very sweet and patient and they enjoy spending time with children. This attitude changes when the dog arrives at the hunt field, where he will immediately begin casting for scent and is a relentless hunter.

How To Take Care of Treeing Walker Coonhound

The breed is generally low-maintenance, as long as you can provide the exercise he needs. His affectionate nature makes him a good choice for families with children and other pets. Unlike many hunting breeds, they can quickly learn to leave the family cat alone.

Treeing Walker Coonhound Food and Diet

Puppies should be fed three times a day. Once they reach six months, they can transition to two meals a day. While some people choose to eventually move to one feeding a day, breaking the meal into two servings helps reduce boredom and encourages good eating habits.

Treeing Walker Coonhound Maintenance And Grooming

The breed is as low maintenance as possible when it comes to grooming. Going over his coat with a brush once a week, along with brushing his teeth, will keep him in good shape. Use a cotton ball or gauze square dampened with a commercial ear cleaning solution to wipe out his ears once a week as well. Finally, check his toenails monthly, clipping as necessary.

While the breed doesn’t require baths often, you may want to wipe off his feet with a damp cloth when bringing him inside during wet weather. Start doing this from a young age and he will quickly learn to wait at the door when he comes inside.

Treeing Walker Coonhound Training

Start working with your pup as soon as you bring him home. The breed can be strong-willed, so introducing short, positive training sessions early on are important if you want a well-mannered adult. Since the mature hound can reach 70 pounds and has a high energy level, it is important he knows how to behave.

Don’t mistake his stubbornness for lack of intelligence. Like many strong-willed breeds, the Treeing Walker Coonhound will shut down if treated poorly. Use patience and positive reinforcement and your pup will want to please you.

Treeing Walker Coonhound Exercise

Anyone planning on owning this breed should love the outdoors. The dog needs a minimum of one hour a day of vigorous exercise, and more is better. This doesn’t mean letting your pup into a fenced yard. Instead, plan on taking on walks, jogs, and hikes, spending time working on obedience, and, yes, if you have a fenced yard, actively playing with him.

Treeing Walker Coonhound Puppies

There is an average of 4 to 6 puppies in each litter. When looking for a pup, visit a reputable breeder or adoption agency. This breed, like many hunting dogs, is frequently available from backyard breeders. While you may end up with a nice pup, there is no guarantee.

Reputable breeders offer a health guarantee on their pups and spend time analyzing bloodlines to ensure the litter has the friendly, calm temperament the breed is known for. If you consider adoption, a reputable agency will let you know why a particular dog was surrendered and work with you to find a good match for your situation.

Treeing Walker Coonhound And Children

One of the facts that are often overlooked with this breed is how wonderful they are with children. They are attentive playmates, aware of their size, and gentle with their charges. This sociable hound may surprise you with his affinity for playing with children, but you should still supervise interactions between the dog and young children. As patient as the breed is, their floppy ears can become convenient handles for rough play, and their tolerance may encourage rowdy behavior from youngsters.

Dogs Similar to Treeing Walker Coonhound

If you find the Treeing Walker Coonhound appealing, but want to consider some similar breeds, there are several that may be a good fit.

  • American Foxhound – The oldest American dog breed, and an ancestor of the Treeing Walker Coonhound.
  • Bloodhound – A loveable and well-mannered choice.
  • Beagle – Intelligence and hound personality in a more compact size. The Beagle is a good fit for those who love hounds but want a more manageable sized dog.

Some popular names for hunting hounds include:

  • Ace
  • Brutus
  • Bear
  • Chase
  • Moose

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Treeing Walker Coonhound FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How much does the Treeing Walker Coonhound cost to own?

The average price of a Treeing Walker Coonhound puppy is between $400 and $800. Budget for annual veterinarian checkups and examinations as well. One of the facts that make this dog a popular choice for many is that it is generally a sturdy, healthy breed.

Is the Treeing Walker Coonhound good with kids?

The breed is a great choice for active families. The good nature and patience this hound offers make him a wonderful companion for kids, while his high energy level gives him the endurance for hiking, jogging, and other adult activities.

As with any breed, it is important to introduce your dog and child carefully and supervise their interactions, but the breed typically makes fast friends with children, both the ones in their family and others they encounter.

How long does the Treeing Walker Coonhound live?

The average lifespan of the dog is between 12 and 13 years. Be prepared for the breed to remain active, even the oldest dog will hop up with excitement when you grab the leash.

What is a Treeing Walker Coonhound?

The breed was developed by crossing American and English Foxhounds. They are well-suited for hunting alone or in packs. While most often used to hunt racoons, they can also be used on other prey, including bobcats and bears.

The hound hunts by treeing its quarry, holding it up the tree until the hunter can reach it. They are aggressive with their treeing skills, standing on their back legs and stretching upward, preventing their target from escaping.

Do Treeing Walker Coonhounds make good pets?

The breed makes a wonderful choice for active families. As long as they have sufficient activity, they are good-natured, loyal companions. They need at least an hour of outdoor exercise each day, and more is better. Without sufficient exercise, they can become restless, spending time whining and crying, or destructive.

Do Treeing Walker Coonhound smell?

The breed does have a slightly musty odor. It isn’t the strong “wet dog” smell that you may be accustomed to. Keep the smell in check with occasional baths and by using wet wipes designed for use on pets.

Is Treeing Walker Coonhound affectionate?

The breed is very affectionate. Although they don’t have the natural exuberance of some breeds, they have a very sweet and loving nature. Don’t let their calm demeanor fool you, they are devoted to their family.

Are Treeing Walker Coonhounds hard to train?

The breed is known for strong-willed behavior, but that doesn’t necessarily make it difficult to train. Starting when the pup is young, and using short, positive training sessions, make the breed more receptive to training. The breed is intelligent and can learn quickly as long as you keep his interest.

How much do Treeing Walker Coonhounds cost?

The average price of the breed is between $400 and $800. If the price seems out of range, consider adoption. One of the facts that cannot be denied is, this breed has a very high energy level. Many households underestimate this, leading to very nice dogs being available for adoption.

Do Treeing Walker Coonhounds make good house dogs?

As long as the dog gets sufficient exercise, they make good house dogs. The breed has a relatively long lifespan and will stay active into old age. They can develop separation anxiety and appreciate living in a household where they don’t spend a great deal of time alone.

How do Treeing Walker Coonhounds signal?

Before they pick up a scent, it is normal for the dog to cast around, sniffing the ground and whining, although some dogs are silent when searching for a scent. When following scent, the hound makes a baying noise. Once the quarry is up in a tree, they switch to a short, choppy bark.

What hairbrush is best for a Treeing Walker Coonhound?

A brush with short, dense bristles will do a good job of keeping the coat clean and free of loose hair.

How big do Treeing Walker Coonhound mixes get?

The size of the mix depends on what breed he is mixed with. Many hounds are roughly the same size as the Treeing Walker Coonhound, so the resulting mix will be similar in size. Mixing with a Beagle, a popular choice will result in a smaller and more compact dog.

Sources
  1. United Kennel Club, Available here: https://www.ukcdogs.com/treeing-walker-coonhound
  2. American Kennel Club, Available here: https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/treeing-walker-coonhound/
  3. American Kennel Club, Available here: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/treeing-walker-coonhound/

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