Later, basking in the warmth of a campfire after an honest night’s work, this sweet-faced hound will look up and stir your soul with his gentle, pleading expression. We have plenty of opportunities to get involved in your local community thanks to AKC Breed Clubs located in every state and more than 450 AKC Rescue Network groups across the country.
The Treeing WalkerCoonhound should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. A hound who isn’t working can be prone to becoming overweight, so owners should monitor the dog’s calorie consumption and weight level.
His short, smooth coat repels dirt and mud, and he will require only the occasional bath to maintain his handsome appearance. Wiping him down with a damp towel or a hound glove will keep his coat shining.
The Treeing Walker will look forward to grooming sessions as bonding experiences with the human he loves. Like most coon hounds, the Treeing Walker is a high-energy breed who delights in stretching his legs in a good, long run.
While most coon hounds can quite happily become couch potatoes, most will still appreciate long daily walks at a minimum. Romps in the backyard, chasing a ball, or playing with human or canine friends will help to keep him mentally and physically healthy.
The Treeing Walker has a very high prey drive and should be on a leash for walks and hikes, as he may be unable to resist the instinct to pursue an interesting scent. This can make them seem difficult to a trainer who doesn’t understand the coon hound brain.
Keeping training lessons fun and entertaining and praising good behavior and jobs well done with treats as well as effusive praise will result in a hound who is a joy to live with. The Treeing Walker is overall quite a healthy breed, and responsible breeders screen their stock for health conditions such as hip dysplasia and eye anomalies.
“Treeing” refers to a hound trailing the scent of his quarry until the quarry scurries up a tree for safety, with the hound camping out below and barking, vigorously and distinctively, for as long as it takes for the gun-toting hunter to arrive. “ Coon hound is a dog developed to “tree” raccoons and, sometimes, bigger game.
It locates its quarry quickly and has superb endurance and treeing ability. Known to range widely, it may leave the original track if it picks up a stronger scent.
Extremely competitive because of its speed, the Treeing Walker’s reputation grew as night-hunts achieved popularity. The Treeing WalkerCoonhound has been approved to compete in AKC Companion Events since January 1, 2004.
Choosing a coon hound is a fairly important decision, as each breed has different characteristics, even though essentially, they’re all good-natured, they will all trail a scent, tree a raccoon or other animal, and let their handler know where they are by baying melodically once their quarry is cornered. All coon hounds need good leadership, gentle correction to any undesirable behavior, and time spent on consistent training.
Once the decision to get a coon hound has been made, you need to think about which breed will best hunt the type of quarry you hunt, in what conditions, has the kind of temperament that best fits in with your lifestyle, how dedicated you are to being consistent in your training, and many other things you might not have considered until you think about the traits that make each coon hound its own breed. However, the American English coon hound does not do as well in intense heat, so if you live somewhere that will be very hot when you’re out hunting, the Treeing Walkercoonhound may be the best choice of the two.
While the other coon hounds are commonly described as fearless, the Plot coon hound is particularly aggressive when cornering large game, and the American Leopard hound is very good at holding large game for long periods of time, without getting injured, due to quick sidestepping movements and staring down their quarry. This is because they mature very slowly and are likely to be boisterous rowdy puppies, even when they’re bodies look like adult dogs, they can play rough without realizing.
In the mid 1800s, Kentucky residents used Virginia Hounds, descendants of English Foxhounds, to track deer and gray fox, but these dogs were unsuccessful tracking the red foxes that began to appear in the region. Cousins John Walker and George Main were especially enthusiastic about tracking dogs during this time.
In 1850, Main was given a dog that a traveler had spotted in the lead of a pack tracking deer. The traveler stole the dog, later known as Tennessee Lead, and gave him to Main.
Lead was adept at tracking red foxes, and it was he who began the Treeing WalkerCoonhound breed. Later, his lines were mixed with dogs from other states, even Europe, with Walker’s sons taking over.
The Treeing WalkerCoonhound is a fairly energetic dog that often loves to hike and use their nose. They have a tendency to become oblivious to calls when they’ve found an interesting scent.
Treeing Walker Coon hounds make excellent companions and members of the household. Treeing Walker Coon hounds need to get outside and stretch their legs, either with a long walk or jog or off-lead run in a safe area.
Note: While the characteristics mentioned here may frequently represent this breed, dogs are individuals whose personalities and appearances will vary. If you’ve got room in your life for a very active companion, you may find the dog you’re looking for in the Treeing WalkerCoonhound.
The Treeing Walker Coon is known for its ability to run at great speeds, which makes it a success at field trials. As a hunting companion, he’s priced for his keen nose, distinctive bark and tireless endurance.
He will need higher protein and fat intake in order to aid endurance, energy and muscle mass. Whether you’re going with a high-quality dry kibble or a homemade diet, be sure to monitor quantity to match exercise levels.
You’ll find that you're Treeing WalkerCoonhound will master the basics and will be read to tackle advanced obedience or agility training. Loving, intelligent and confident, the Treeing WalkerCoonhound makes a wonderful family pet as well as an exceptional hunting dog.
He’ll make a fine addition to a multi dog household, but he may want to chase the family cat. A relatively healthy breed, the only problem the Treeing WalkerCoonhound may suffer from is polyradiculoneuritis (paralysis due to acute inflammation of the nerves).
The Treeing WalkerCoonhound has plenty of energy to burn, so expect to be outside with him for one to two hours of vigorous exercise every day. Loving, intelligent and confident, the Treeing WalkerCoonhound makes a wonderful family pet as well as an exceptional hunting dog.
You can expect moderate, year-round shed, so brush your dog weekly to get rid of loose and dead fur. If not properly socialized, your dog may develop anxiety and fearfulness issues as they grow into adulthood.