Tugger the Treeing Walker Coonhound as an adult
Tree ing Waw-ker Koon-hound
The Treeing Walker Coonhound has powerful, mobile shoulders. The ears are large compared to the head. The upper lips hang well below the lower jaw. The forelegs are long, straight and lean. The smooth coat is fine and glossy and comes in a tricolor and a bicolor pattern. (Tricolor is preferred by breeders.) Although it comes in tan and white, it must never be called "red," to distinguish it from the Redbone Coonhound.
The Treeing Coonhound is good with children and gets along with other dogs. Training is accomplished with little trouble, as these dogs are able to learn from example. They are primarily working and hunting dogs, but will also make great companion dogs. Working, to the Treeing Walker Coonhound, is not work but a sport and diversion. They thrive on consistent and ample attention. The Treeing Walker will be high-strung without enough mental and physical exercise. Loving and eager to please, the Treeing Walker is intelligent, skilled and confident. Some say they are the best breed for coonhound field trials because of their speed, ability to locate quickly and good treeing ability. They are swift with a very good sense of smell and a distinctive howl. Socialize at a young age.
Height: 20 - 27 inches (51 - 69 cm)
Weight: 50 - 70 pounds (23 - 32 kg)
A relatively healthy breed.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is not recommended for apartment life. These scenthounds are too anxious to lie idly around a suburban home or condo. They are suitable for hot, sunny climates.
This very anxious and energetic dog has been bred for severe physical exercise. Coonhounds are born natural hunters, so they have a tendency to run off and hunt if they are not kept well-fenced while exercising on their own. They have no road sense at all, so they must be kept in a safe environment. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk or jog. Coonhounds that do not receive enough mental and physical exercise may become high strung and even destructive.
About 12-13 years
About 5-10 puppies
The Treeing is an easy-care breed. An occasional combing and brushing is all that is needed. Check the ears regularly for any sign of infection and be sure to keep the insides of the ears clean. Bathe only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
The Treeing Walker is a descendant of the English Foxhound, which Thomas Walker imported to Virginia in 1742. Sometime in the 1800s, a dog known as "Tennessee Lead," a stolen dog of unknown origin, was crossed into the Walker Hound. He was a powerful dog, excelling in game sense, drive and speed, and having a clear, short-chop mouth. The Treeing Walker was not recognized as its own breed until 1946. This direct lineage brings us this efficient hunter. This coonhound has retained the looks of its ancestor, the English Foxhound. An underlying sense of game coupled with untiring speed and manly drive make this coonhound unstoppable. The coonhound lineage doesn't really stop at the Walker, for American hunters also employ other varieties as well. One such coonhound is known as the Running Walker. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is an efficient and reliable hunter of raccoons, squirrels and opossums. The Treeing Walker "trees" its prey, and can then sometimes virtually climb the tree to get at it. With a little training, however, it will merely bay its distinctive howl, telling the hunter that the prey has been cornered.
Tugger the Treeing Walker Coonhound as a young pup
Asha is Tugger's mom.
"This is Clary's HiSpeed This Buds 4 U, affectionately known as `Bud` at home. Bud is a Treeing Walker Coonhound. He is UKC/AKC registered. Bud is a UKC Conformation Champion, Bench Show Champion and an AKC Grand Show Champion. Here, he is displaying his skills on the wall at Lovers Leap."
Clary's HiSpeed This Buds 4 U, affectionately known as `Bud,` treeing his quarry
Roscoe the Treeing Walker Coonhound at 2 years old—"Roscoe does not bark, he bays and howls."
Molly the Treeing Walker Coonhound at 4 years old—"I got Molly when she was 1 year old through an animal rescue group out of San Francisco. They had rescued her from an animal shelter. She is now almost 8 years old and the perfect dog. Molly is well known throughout our town from our long, daily walks where she makes sure everyone knows how much she likes to be petted and scratched."
Molly the Treeing Walker Coonhound at 4 years old
Tugger the Treeing Walker Coonhound as an adult
This is a Treeing Walker treeing a coon.
Jack the Treeing Walker Coonhound at 4 years old chewing his bone on his dog bed—"We adopted Jack in May of this year from the Nashville humane society. Jack is a LARGE Treeing Walker Coonhound weighing in at about 72 lbs. But he's a walker through and through. He loves to fetch with a stick and truly enjoys his large bone. He's fantastic with my 3 year old daughter, who's been taught that dogs don't like the same things we do. He's patient, kind, absolutely loyal and loves nothing more than work days (out in the yard or on the truck). His velvety ears and hound dog scent are the first thing I see in the morning. He's also great friends with our family cat (Poppy), and he knows she's in charge (under me) and values her space unless she wants to play with him. He loves to run at the dog park with other coonhounds."