The Treeing Walker Coonhound was bred to hunt small game – raccoons and opossums in particular. Some hunters even used this dog breed for hunting large game like bear. This hunting dog possesses a competitive spirit, which is a good trait to have when used in competitive coonhound events. Although this kind of hunting dog will enjoy living the indoor life, they were bred for a more active lifestyle and need a great amount of exercise outdoors.
This dog breed was bred for a specific task: tracking and treeing wild raccoons. They make good hunting dogs given their very strong tracking instincts. They can be used in pairs or more to track and tree raccoons, bobcats, cougars and bears. When used individually, they do well in hunting small rodents such as roof rats, squirrels, opossums and skunks. This dog breed is a fast and sensible hunter who is able to locate prey quickly. They have excellent endurance and are pretty fast and alert. They are hot-nosed and vocal with a distinctive bay, which allows their owners to easily identify them from distances away.
Being extremely intelligent, the Treeing Walker Coonhound needs consistency from their trainer. When being trained, they will look for loopholes to exploit. For example, they may attempt to negotiate by attempting to offer a different course of action which they prefer when responding to human direction. When trained properly, this hound can be really loyal and obedient. They are not that difficult to train given that they are able to learn from example.
The coat of this hound is short and glossy, but it’s also dense enough to provide it protection. An ideal coat for this hunting dog should be tri-colored – white, black and tan. The predominant color can be white with black marking and a tan trim. On the other hand, black may be the predominant color with white marking and a tan trim. A male coonhound stands about 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder while a female stands at 20 to 25 inches. Their weight can range from 45 to 80 pounds.
A Treeing Walker Coonhound gets along well with children, as well as with other hounds. Although they are bred as hunting dogs, they do make great companions. That said, their active nature requires for lots of time outdoors, otherwise they will end up high- strung.To this kind of coonhound, work is considered a sport and a diversion. Not only are they good with the physical, they also enjoy mental exercises. These hounds are loving and eager to please. They have a great desire to perform and are very intelligent, confident and sociable. Given their outdoorsy nature, they are not suited for apartment life.
Treeing Walkers, as they are also known, are generally healthy. However, just like any other dog breed, they too are prone to certain health conditions like hip dysplasia. Given their use as hunting dogs, they are prone to sustaining injuries while on the hunt. The animals they hunt can also harm them, so it’s best to check them for wounds. The Treeing Walker Coonhound was bred for the outdoors and therefore needs a lot of physical exercise. Taking them out for daily walks or a jog will keep them in good shape. When they are not given exercise – mental or physical – they become high strung and worse, destructive. A Treeing Walker Coonhounds average life span is between 11 and 13 years.