Between hunts, training sessions, or walks, they'll lay on the couch or their dog bed resting up for their next outing. Tics are alert, athletic dogs who are rugged enough to track raccoons through dense underbrush on the hunt.
The Treeing Walker Coon hound's ears are low set and the rounded tips reach almost to the nose when the head is down. Tics are descended from English Foxhounds brought to America by British colonialists.
Originally known as English Coon hounds, their name was eventually changed in honor of Thomas Walker, who was influential in the breed's early development. Though Tics have long been the most popular of the raccoon hunting breeds, the American Kennel Club did not officially recognize them until 2012.
AKC Breed Category General Temperament TreeingWalkerCoonhounds are loving and laid back, as long as they are given the opportunity to hunt. If you don't hunt raccoons with your Walker, it's imperative you give him plenty of exercise and mental stimulation every day.
When bored, Tics will bay and bark to draw their beloved people back home. But this energetic breed is best suited to families with older children who know how to treat dogs well, and aren't likely to pull on the Walker's long ears.
Specific Concerns Require an abundance of exercise Musty dog odor Shouldn't be left alone for long Can climb trees and fences Bay and bark loudly when left alone Must be walked on a leash Will wander after scents if not kept contained Though energetic, Tics are generally mellow at home as long as they get plenty of exercise and attention throughout the day.
Exercise A healthy, adult Treeing Walker Coon hound requires more than two hours of physical activity and training each day. In addition to raccoon hunting, Tics are skilled athletes in most dog sports.
Endurance Treeing Walkers have the stamina for lengthy raccoon hunting competitions, hikes, and play sessions. Expect to take a zigzagging route as your TWC tries to follow fresh scent trails after woodland critters.
Food The dietary needs of a Treeing Walker Coon hound who hunts will vary significantly from one who takes long daily walks. Talk to your veterinarian about the optimal diet and quantity of food for your TreeingWalker's activity level.
Wash your TWC's ears weekly with a gentle, dog-friendly cleanser to prevent dirt buildup that can cause infections. Brush his teeth several times a week, and trim his nails every month or so to prevent painful cracking.
You can minimize serious health concerns in a Treeing Walker Coon hound by purchasing from a reputable breeder who engages in responsible breeding practices, and through screening for common diseases and conditions. Basics TreeingWalkerCoonhounds are intelligent and train quickly with the help of experienced owners who understand their high energy and hunting instincts.
Walkers get bored easily and are food motivated, so it's helpful to keep training sessions interesting and offer abundant rewards in the form of dog treats. The Treeing Walker Coon hound's job is to chase raccoons up a tree and wait at the bottom of the trunk, barking loudly, until the hunter arrives.
PopularityName Treeing Walker Coon hound Other names TWC, Walker Origin United StatesBreed Groupie Large TypePurebredLife span12-13 yearsTemperamentHeight20-27 inches (51-69 cm)Weight50-70 pounds (23-32 kg)ColorsLitter Size4-6 puppiesPuppy Price AdaptabilityApartment Friendly Treeing Walker Coon hound is not recommended for apartment life. Dog FriendlyExercise Needs Treeing Walker Coon hound has a very high energy level and requires a long walk or jog every day.
As they have a strong tendency to follow a scent at a high speed, TreeingWalkerCoonhounds should be walked on a leash or exercised in a fenced-in yard to prevent them from running into traffic. TreeingWalkerCoonhounds are not recommended for apartment life due to their high energy level.
Grooming Low Maintenance: This coon hound has a smooth, easy-care, tricolor coat that needs only a weekly brushing with a rubber curry. It is highly intelligent and can learn to manipulate simple household objects, sometimes to its own purposes.
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. TreeingWalkerCoonhounds thrive on attention and require a large degree of human companionship.
They are considered to be among the finest Coon hounds for treeing competitions due to their quick speed and excellent scenting ability. The Treeing Walker Coon hound was developed in the Colonial era from crosses of English Foxhounds.
Two breeders from Kentucky, John W. Walker and George Washington Main, are given credit for the breed's initial development. In the 1800s, a stolen black and tan dog named Tennessee Lead was crossed into the Walker Hound.
The name was later changed to Treeing Walker Coon hound, and it was fully recognized as a separate breed in 1945. The Treeing Walker Coon hound is a crossbreed of the Tennessee Lead, a dog with an unknown origin, and the Walker Hound.
The breed directly descended from English Foxhounds which were first brought by Thomas Walker in Virginia in the year 1742. Thomas Walker brought the foxhounds to Virginia in an attempt to introduce and establish the fox-hunting tradition in America.
They have sturdy shoulders and lean, straight legs, and they usually weigh 50-70 pounds with body width that is around 20-28 inches. Although they are fast learners and can learn tricks and routines through examples, they can ignore their trainers to follow their noses at times.
The Treeing Walker Coon hound 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 coonhoundscan 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.
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 TreeingWalker’s reputation grew as night-hunts achieved popularity.
Today the Treeing Walker retains the same color and similar conformation to the Walker Foxhound and is occasionally described as a trailing hound with treeing instinct. The Treeing Walker Coon hound has been approved to compete in AKC Companion Events since January 1, 2004.
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