Treeing walker coonhound, or shortened just Treeing walker, is descendat of the English Foxhound. They were developed by Thomas Walker, who brought them to the Virginia in 1742. The main purpose of this dog was to chase prey like racoons up to the trees.
Treeing walker coonhound has very descriptive name. They were originally bred to track raccoons – that is why they are coonhounds. They were also bred to chase them up into the trees and that is why they are called treeing. And their middle name walker? That is after the breeder who played a key role in the breed's development – the Thomas Walker.
When they chased the racoon up to the trees, they have to let the hunters know where they are. That means that they had to be vocal. Treeing Walkers are known for their distinctive bay that can be heard from a long distance. They are also known for short barks and bugle like sounds.
4) Versatile hunters
The treeing walkers are not only used for hunting rackoons and other small game. They are very versatile hunters and they are capable of hunting larger prey hidden in the trees. Examples of such prey can be bobcats or cougars. They are also capable of hunting in pack, as well as solo hunting.
5) Not an oversized beagle
The Treeing walker has typical beagle color, which is white black and tan tricolor. Because of that, sometimes people think they are oversized beagles. But the truth is, that they inherited this appearance from their main ancestor – the English Foxhound – who is very similar to them.
Just like almost all the hunting breeds, this is very active dog. If you are keeping a Treeing walker coonhound and you are not hunting with him, you have to provide him plenty of exercise. This is athletic, fast and energetic dog, that needs daily long walks and vigorous playtime. Otherwise they can be stressed and destructive.
7) Dog sports
If you are not hunting with Treeing walker coonhound, you can consider doing some dog sport with them, which would be the best exercise that will not only make them happy physicaly, but also mentally. They excell at tracking events or search and rescue competitions.
Treeing walker coonhounds are intelligent and eager to please dogs, but i would say they are not the easiest dogs to train. That is because of their independent nature. And they definitely know how to be stubborn. But with consistent training and patience you will make them very obedient. The best method to train them is the reward based training.
Depending on the gender, when the females are naturally little bit smaller, the average Treeing walker coonhound height is between 20-27 inches which is 51-69 cm and their weight should be between 50-70 pounds which is 23-32 kg.
Treeing walker coonhound does not suffer from a lot of health issues and they are relatively very healthy dogs. They can be prone to paralysis due to acute inflammation of the nerves. The average lifespan of Treeing walker coonhound is 11-13 years.