Species group: Hound Group dogs
Although the Treeing Walker Coonhound wasn't recognized by the AKC until 2012, this trailing hound with a treeing instinct has a fairly long history in the United States, probably dating back to English Foxhounds imported to Virginia in 1742. Several so-called Walker Hounds were developed from this line, but the Treeing Walker stands out so much that the AKC calls it "the people's choice of coonhounds." These dogs were bred to track and tree raccoons, which required both courage-- coons are not shy-- and the ability to work well with their human companions. As a result, these fine hunting dogs are also well-regarded for their fine character.
Appearance / health:
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a strong, powerful dog. The ears are medium in length. The eyes are dark in color. The nostrils are large and prominent. The chest is deep. The back is muscular and strong. The tail is set rather high. The legs are straight and muscular.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound requires minimal grooming. Occasional brushing and bathing are sufficient to keep the coat in good shape.
This energetic dog has been bred for vigorous physical exercise. Coonhounds are born natural hunters, and have a tendency to escape if they are not kept well-fenced while exercising on their own.
A relatively healthy breed; the Treeing Walker Coonhound does not suffer from any genetic disorders.
Behavior / temperament:
The Treeing Walker Coonhound has a powerful sense for trailing, hunting, and treeing. A noisy hunter, the breed is a fast, hot-nosed, sensible hunter with a clear, ringing howl or a steady, clear chop with changeover at the tree. It finds its quarry quickly displaying great stamina and treeing ability.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is able to learn from example and can be trained easily using consistent, firm, and patient training methods.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is generally a quiet dog though dogs of this breed are known to howl.
great outdoors, friendly dog, excellent guard dog, make great family pets
settle down, on-going energy, problem diggers, small animals, prey drive animals
ongoing energy, rabbit hunting, distinctive baybark, little grooming
Slick, the Coon Dog
I saw Slick at my very first Winter Classic. I was in awe of all the coon dogs; I had never seen so many before. My boyfriend coon hunts, and I go with him every now and then. He has a three-year-old female and a year-old male. He didn't even really want Slick because Bo, the male, was growing and eating a lot of food. He bought Slick for me anyways. A few weeks after we brought Slick home, he had to go into surgery to get an umbilical hernia fixed. He also has an issue with his sternum curving up, but as long as we watch him while he's hunting, nothing will happen. Once he was out of surgery, he stayed inside for a week to heal. We thought that the week inside would ruin him as a coon dog, but a few nights ago, we took him hunting with the other two dogs. He did amazing for a puppy less than six months old. When we let Thin Rine and Bo loose into a field, Slick wasn't sure if he wanted to go after him, but once they started barking, Slick ran off into the field, too. He even opened up some. The next place we dropped them off was in a small patch of woods. This time he didn't go in after them alone, but once we got to the tree, he barked a couple of times and even got up on the tree! I know a lot of you think nothing of this, but for a hunting dog, this is awesome! After Bo and Thin Rine killed the coon, we let Slick loose to sniff it. He even chewed on the head some! All-in-all, Walkers are the way to go when you're buying a coon dog!.
From kristinaknight7 Apr 10 2015 4:40PM
My little Angel...
My Angel, how she loved to sing!
I have a huge affinity for the sound of hounds on a trail and I call it "singing". The majesty, harmony, thrilling joy that boils through my blood when out on a dark, barely moonlit night with a pack of hounds running free in the woods after our query. Even better when they know what they are doing and what I'm after and are very successful.
With a superior nose and supreme speed, these are some hunting dogs like none other and a properly trained Treeing Walker lives up to its name for it will not leave the base of a tree with a coon in it until its care-taker relieves it of its post. An absolute breeding perfection in a working/hunting dog in my opinion and a very versatile one too. I have had them trained on deer, coyote, raccoon and fox with the only exception to their versatility as opposed to the Black and Tan, a Treeing Walker perhaps should be trained on one animal track and one track alone.
It's not much fun when a Treeing Walker thinks its acceptable to run a deer at night and disappear for miles when a coon is only a few hundred yards chuckling down at a hunter from a safe perch. I am sure most hunting dogs have their quarks in this manner but in my experience a Treeing Walker that gets let loose on one track should remain that way and not attempted to work another animal again or when the hunt begins, you may find yourself trailing an unaccepted animal and ruin that hunt.
An extremely loyal breed, my Angel would tolerate no other person near her and although she was a smaller dog, my neighbour would never attempt to enter my fence due to her and he owned a fairly vicious pit-bull dog. I took some pride in this. :)
True to form, she was a hound and all hounds are always hungry! Feeding time was no joke and I doubt she ever tasted any of her meals she shovelled her food so fast. She liked regular baths too!
I ended up trading her to another hunter who quickly brought her back to me for he couldn't handle her or rather, she refused to work with him. She was my dog and once a hound gets that imprint, there is no erasing it that I am aware of which attributes as well to the rule - The Treeing Walker is a "one track" animal to the very end.
I highly recommend this breed for many reasons-in particular for their speciality of that single track. But beware - they are very loud and in any confined space will make ears ring. :)
The photo is a stock photo from The Wiki Commons.
From aqualife1000 Feb 2 2015 10:03PM
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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