The affectionate, intelligent Treeing Walker Coonhound got its name because it was bred for chasing racoons up trees. Walker is the name of the family that developed the Walker Foxhound, from which the Treeing Walker Coonhond originated.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Treeing Walker Coonhound is the “people’s choice” of coonhound breeds.
Unfortunately, coonhounds often are misconceived as being better hunting dogs than family pets. “People think they’re stupid, wild dogs, climbing trees in the countryside,” Anna Nirva, of Coonhound Companions, an advocacy group for these breeds, told i Love Dogs. But in reality, coonhounds are sweet, loving and extremely social with adults, children and other dogs.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound made its debut at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2013.
- Lovable and affectionate
- Alert and active
- May become high strung if not regularly exercised
- 50-70 pounds
- 20 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder
- Excellent with both adults and children
- Gets along well with other dogs
- Suited to an active family that provides regular exercise
- Does better in houses than apartments
- They have a distinctive howl, but are quiet indoors
- Coonhounds will follow scents, so special fencing may be required
- Good watchdogs
- Easy to train since they are eager to please
- Should be socialized at a young age
- Need plenty of exercise, including a brisk daily walk
- Off-leash roaming is not recommended, as coonhounds love tracking scents and will be oblivious to dangers like cars
- Tri-colored: white, black and tan
- Short-haired, so no special grooming is required
- Minimal shedding and – contrary to popular belief – little odor
- May develop hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism and eye problems such as cataracts
- Regular ear cleaning is needed to avoid yeast infections developing in their floppy ears
- 12-13 years
- To adopt a Treeing Walker Coonhound, start your search with the Coonhound Rescue Network Page on Facebook.
PHOTO: Curt Willis. Used with permission from The Westminster Kennel Club.