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Treeing Walker Coonhound Breed Info, Pics, Traits, Facts

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Treeing Walker Coonhound

Height: 20-25 inches
Weight: 50-70 pounds
Lifespan: 12-13 years
Colors: Black, white, tricolor
Suitable for: Active families, those looking for a low-shedding dog
Temperament: Intelligent, social, sensitive, prey-driven, family-oriented

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is an active, intelligent, and loving dog that enjoys spending time with family but never wants to skip the opportunity to take a long walk or go on a hike. Treeing Walker Coonhounds are known to be stubborn, but their fun-loving and patient attitude tends to supersede any stubbornness that might be displayed from time to time.

These are hunting dogs that are bound to get excited while outside in nature, so they should always be leashed, even during hikes, unless they’ve been extensively trained. On the other hand, these dogs would love nothing more than to run loose in the yard while playing with kids.

Treeing Walker Coonhounds are even-tempered and rarely show aggression unless they feel threatened. These dogs are easy to groom and are a joy to spend time with. There are many things to love about this unique dog breed. But many commitments need to be made as a potential owner. Keep reading to learn all there is to know about spending time with and owning Treeing Walker Coonhounds.

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Treeing Walker Coonhound Puppies


These puppies are cute, but they don’t stay small for long. Before you know it, you’ll be living with a full-grown dog that weighs up to 70 pounds! They’re loving, yet they require training, attention, and exercise.

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a great fit for active families. They’ll love to have plenty of space to run around in and be involved in outdoor activities with their families to burn off all of their energy. Early socialization and training are essential for this dog breed since they have a high prey drive and without proper socialization, they may seem small animals such as cats or rabbits as prey. Keep reading their full care guide to know what type of care they need to grow into happy and healthy dogs.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Treeing Walker Coonhound

1. They’re Raccoon Hunters

The Treeing Walker Coonhound (sometimes called the Tree Walker Coonhound) was bred to track and hunt raccoons. These dogs have a high prey drive and will serve farmers and hunters well. But they can also happily live in a family setting if they get plenty of exercise and have a fenced yard to spend time in during the day.

2. They Love to Verbally Communicate

These dogs love to verbally communicate when they feel like they’re on the hunt. They let out a loud sound, like a Beagle, to alert their owner that they’ve cornered prey in a tree. Treeing Walker Coonhounds also like to communicate even while just spending time at home. In other words, they tend to bark, whether hunting or playing.

3. They Tend to Be Love Enthusiasts!

Even though Treeing Walker Coonhounds love to hunt, they love to spend time in a family setting and lounge on the couch with a loved one just as much. These lovable dogs can spend all day playing and snuggling with family members.

Treeing Walker Coonhound
Image Credit: Mary Swift, Shutterstock

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Treeing Walker Coonhound 🧠

The Tree Walker Coonhound is extremely intelligent and has a knack for training. These dogs are great companions for active singles, couples, and families. With a love for the outdoors, you can bring your Treeing Walker Coonhound on vacations of all kinds. You’ll also enjoy hanging out in the backyard, walking around the neighborhood, and spending time at the dog park together.

The dogs love the company of humans and other dogs. They’re outgoing but are also sensitive and demand respect. If they’re mistreated, these dogs tend to maintain a retreating personality, preferring to stay away from others for a time. But these hardy dogs can take care of themselves and aren’t afraid to confront a threat. Therefore, they should be trained to know what is and isn’t a threat around the household and property.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a well-known breed that is popular among hunting families. But they can fit in well when living with city-dwelling families if their exercise needs are taken care of. These dogs can get along with children and adults alike, but they need to be treated properly. Kids who pull tails and tug on ears may get a stark warning, if not a nip, from a Treeing Walker Coonhound.

But when children are trained along with the dog, they can get along for a lifetime. Families that consider adopting this dog breed should make sure that they can commit to the active lifestyle that is required to promote a happy and healthy life. Daily outdoor activities and regular indoor play are a must.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets? 🐶 😽

These dogs are highly sociable, which makes them awesome companions for humans and other dogs. But Treeing Walker Coonhounds don’t typically get along well with cats and other small animals because they are seen as prey. However, with early socialization and training, one of these dogs can learn to get along well in a household that includes a cat or two. But they should never be left alone unattended with cats and other small animals under any circumstances to ensure that their prey drive doesn’t kick in.

Treeing Walker Coonhound
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Things to Know When Owning a Treeing Walker Coonhound

As a Treeing Walker Coonhound ages, they can become a handful if you’re not ready for their active, bubbly, and fun-loving personalities to develop. As puppies, they’re fun and inquisitive. But as adult dogs, they’re intent and attentive. They’re always looking for what to do next. Here are other things you should know when owning a Treeing Walker Coonhound.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Due to their high activity level and weight, the average Treeing Walker Coonhound can eat a large amount of food. These dogs will eat anywhere from 1-3 cups of high-quality dry dog food each day. Puppies tend to eat a little more than adults because their bodies, bones, and organs are growing so fast. Also, they may not know when to stop eating. So, they should be fed multiple meals throughout the day — check with your veterinarian to determine just how much.

The amount of food that your puppy needs will vary over time, depending on things like their age, growth pattern, and activity level. What’s important is to make sure that your dog is getting all the right nutrients. Your veterinarian can recommend quality foods to consider. But you can confidently choose one on your own by making sure your choice doesn’t include artificial ingredients of any kind and fillers such as corn, soy, and sweeteners.

Puppies may eat up to 1.5 cups of dry dog food every day, depending on their activity level. No matter their daily serving, it should be split up into two or three meals throughout the day to avoid digestion problems. Once fully grown, these dogs will be happy with two meals a day — with a couple of treats in between, of course.

Exercise 🐕

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a lively dog that doesn’t like a sedentary lifestyle. They’re happy to curl up in a soft bed and sleep a lazy afternoon away, but they expect to spend most of their time exercising, using their smarts, and interacting with family members. These dogs should be walked daily for at least 30 to 45 minutes. They need time to stretch their legs, sniff around, use the bathroom, and get a good cardio workout in, so be patient and get ready to pick up the pace unexpectedly during adventures.

Treeing Walker Coonhound
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Training 🦮

Obedience training teaches Treeing Walker Coonhound puppies how to interact with other people and animals. It encourages a well-rounded attitude and respect for all family members. Most importantly, regular training started at an early age helps ensure that family members can effectively control the actions of the dog in any social situation, whether it’s a calm, hectic, scary, or exciting environment.

Treeing Walker Coonhounds thrive on challenges, and agility training classes can help meet the challenge needs of your adopted dog as time goes on. Of course, being hunting dogs, the average Treeing Walker Coonhound can easily excel when hunting, sniffing, and herding training is involved.

Grooming ✂️

These beautiful dogs have short, thin coats. Therefore, they don’t need much more grooming than a good combing or two throughout the month. Many owners note that their Treeing Walker Coonhounds need a weekly bath to keep their coats clean because they tend to enjoy rolling around in the dirt and mud.

Nails may need to be trimmed a few times a year, but daily exercise outdoors should keep them from becoming too long or sharp as time goes on. You can brush your dog’s teeth a couple of times a month to minimize tartar buildup or give them dental treats regularly to ensure optimal dental health.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Some Treeing Walker Coonhounds are prone to health ailments that owners should be aware of and on the lookout for. Like all dogs, this breed needs proper care to minimize the risk of health ailments that they might be susceptible to. Luckily, there aren’t many problems to worry about.

Minor Conditions
  • Otitis Externa
Serious Conditions
  • Polyradiculoneuritis
  • Hip Dysplasia


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Male vs Female

Most male and female Treeing Walker Coonhounds are loving, caring, and affectionate. Both genders love spending time with their family members. Intact female Treeing Walker Coonhounds can be tougher to potty train than males, but male Treeing Walker Coonhounds tend to spray around the house more than females. But the bottom line is that any family considering adopting a Treeing Walker Coonhound should choose a gender based on personal preference over performance because both are sure to impress.

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Final Thoughts

Treeing Walker Coonhound dogs are the ultimate companions for active families, singles, and couples alike. These dogs love to play and enjoy spending time with toys while their family members are doing chores, so they’re rarely a nuisance! Families of all sizes, especially if they like to participate in outdoor activities, should consider adopting one of these strikingly handsome dogs.

Fun, excitement, love, and loyalty are the main personality features that families can expect to enjoy when sharing their lives with a Treeing Walker Coonhound. Some training is necessary, however, and a commitment to take time out for the dog is a must. But you can expect your new Coonhound puppy to do most of the work when it comes to fitting in the with family.

Have you ever owned a Treeing Walker Coonhound? How about a Coon or a Hound of any sort? We’d love to hear about your experiences! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Featured Image: Mary Swift, Shutterstock

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