Treeing Walker Coonhound

April 12, 2012

The Treeing Walker Coonhound began to be recognized as a distinct breed in the year 1945. This breed descended from the English Fox Hound. According to history, the Treeing Walker Coonhound actually began when a dog of an origin that was unknown was stolen and bred with the WalkerHound in the eighteenth century.

The Treeing Walker Coonhounds are excellent at pursuing game. They are very fast and agile. This breed is quite vocal and they have a distinctive call that makes it easy for their owners to identify them, even at far away distances. This dog is best suited for a life outdoors. If they are kept in close quarters for an extended period of time, they will not do very well.

The Treeing Walker Coonhounds are quite adept at hunting and treeing. This breed has large ears which allow them to listen to the sounds of its potential victims. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a rare breed that is popular as a hunting dog. It is also popular because of its pleasing appearance. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a breed of dog that is fairly healthy. It has a life expectancy of between 12 – 13 years. It is recognized by the NKC, CKC, APRI, UKC, and the ACR.

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Appearance

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is between 20 – 27 inches high at the withers. This breed weighs between 50 – 70 pounds. It has a coat that is short and smooth. This is a powerful breed of dog, especially in the shoulder area. Compared to the size of its head, it has large ears. The legs of the Treeing Walker Coonhound are not very muscular. Many people have mistaken this breed for a larger than average Beagle.

The shoulders of the Treeing Walker Coonhound are powerful and mobile. This breed comes in white and tan colors. They can not be red. That is to distinguish them from the Redbone Coonhound. The eyes of the Treeing Walker Coonhound are relatively prominent and are set well apart. The color of the eyes are dark brown or black. The muzzle is medium square and quite long. The nostrils are also quite large and black in color. The ears of this breed are medium length and are set moderately low. They should hang gracefully, with the inside tip of the ears leaning toward the muzzle.

The feet of the Treeing Walker Coonhound are solid and compact and look similar to a cat. This breed has strong nails and well arched toes that allow it to get away quickly when necessary. The tail of the Treeing Walker Coonhound is set high and is strong at the root portion of the tail. It has been described as curved up in a graceful manner. The coat is smooth and fine but still dense enough to protect it. The preferred color of the Treeing Walker Coonhound is a tricolor of black, white and tan.

Personality

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is quite easily trained. They are adept at learning from example. This breed gets along with both children and also other dogs. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is skilled, confident, and quite intelligent. They have a distinctive call and an excellent sense of smell. They are swift and agile. The Treeing Walker Coonhound greatly desires much attention on a consistent basis. It is a good idea to socialize these dogs at an early age.

The Treeing Walker Coonhound makes a good pet if they are given the proper amount of exercise. They enjoy cuddling with its owner. This breed needs a consistent training program because they are very intelligent and have a tendency to take advantage if there are any loopholes in the training.

Care

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is easy to care for. All that is really required is the occasional brushing and combing. This breed should only be bathed when necessary. It is also recommended to keep a regular check on the ears for infection. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is not a big shedder.

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is not a good dog for you, if you live in an apartment. These dogs are too energetic and anxious to lay around a house or apartment all day. They tend to do better in hot climates with a lot of sunshine. This breed has been developed for a lot of physical exercise. They really need a fenced in area because they have a tendency to run off in search of game. When that happens, they have a poor sense of direction so they need a safe environment. This breed needs daily long walks.

History

The Treeing Walker Coonhound descended from the English Foxhound. The English Foxhound was imported by Thomas Walker to the state of Virginia in the year 1742. At some point in the 1800’s, an unknown breed of dog was bred with a Walker Hound. The Walker FoxHound came from the Virginia Hounds. The Virginia Hounds came from the very earliest English Foxhounds that were brought to the USA. The result of breeding the Walker Hound with an unknown breed was a dog that had much drive, speed and was powerful. It wasn’t until the year 1946 that the Treeing Walker Coonhound was recognized as a distinct breed of its own. The direct lineage has resulted in the efficient hunter that we know today. The Treeing Walker Coonhound has similar characteristics of the English Foxhound, which is its ancestor. When it comes to a sense of hunting game and much speed and endurance, it is really hard to stop the coonhound. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is known for its ability to efficiently hunt squirrels, raccoons, and possums. The Treeing Walker Coonhound will do what is called treeing its prey. It can almost climb trees to get at its prey. With the proper training, it will simply give its distinctive call to let the hunter know the prey has been found and cornered. Originally the Treeing Walker Coonhound was given the classification of an English Coonhound. In 1945, the breeders began to breed the Treeing Walker Coonhound to have the desired qualities they were looking for.

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