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Treeing Walker Coonhound

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Purebred Star Blog Series

An active-hunting breed, the Treeing Walker Coonhound will make a great addition to an active family! Learn more about this fabulous breed!

Here is a fun little history lesson! This breed has a history that contains our first president's (George Washington) Foxhounds! The Treeing Walker Coonhound was developed in Virginia by a man named Thomas Walker (hence the middle portion of this breed's name). He bred his English Walker Foxhounds with George Washington's Foxhounds, but over the years, these hounds were later crossed with another foxhound-type breed that is now the modern Treeing Walker Coonhound.

A Hunting and Companion Dog

This breed is a true scenthound that tracks raccoons, squirrels, and opossums. They have the uncanny ability to climb trees with ease and will howl when they have their prey trapped.

The Treeing Walker Coonhound will thrive in a family that provides them the ability to hunt. Training will be extremely beneficial for this breed, as they are considered very intelligent and independent.

Their gentle soul makes them a wonderful companion dog! They get along with everyone! They may have difficulty getting along with the household feline, but with early and proper socialization this breed and a cat can get along just fine.

Exercise - a Plus and a Must

If you are not an active person, the Treeing Walker Coonhound will not make a good match. They are not the ideal pet for apartment or condo living; this breed is too busy to lie around. They've been bred to endure long physical excursions. Consider agility hunting trails, the Treeing Walker Coonhound will excel at this fun sport! Being a scenthound requires a fenced in-yard for their safety.

Do you enjoy running or hiking? Perfect! The Treeing Walker Coonhound will enjoy those activities; just don't forget to put a backpack on them during those hikes! This breed enjoys water, but take special care of those big floppy ears, as they are susceptible to ear infections very easily. Make sure to dry out the inside of their ears once out of the water.

Doggy daycare or a dog park will be beneficial in helping this breed channel its high energy level appropriately. Sadly, if they are not properly exercised, the Treeing Walker Coonhound can develop severe behavioral problems such as resource-guarding their food, counter-surfing, digging, jumping on people, and out-of-control barking.

Easy Grooming

The Treeing Walker Coonhound has the distinct markings of the traditional tri-color Foxhound, and they look very similar.

Occasional brushing, nail trimmings, and bathing (as necessary) will make the grooming department fairly easy. As mentioned before, due to their long-floppy ears, they are prone to ear infections. Weekly cleaning will help keep their ears healthy.

Health Concerns

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a very healthy breed, with an average lifespan of 12-13 years.

Overall, a FANTASTIC family dog!

Great with kids, loves other dogs, easy-breezy grooming, healthy, and ready to go at a moments notice, what isn't to LOVE? Floppy ears, long tail, and adorable sad-looking hound eyes will win your heart over with this breed!

Adopt First

Although a rare breed, consider looking for a Treeing Walker Coonhound through rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!

At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.

On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!

References:

Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe

Dog Breed Info

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