Treeing Walker Coonhound
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a breed of domestic hunting dog that originated in the United States. It was developed in the nineteenth century when an unknown breed of dog and a Walker hound were crossbred, although it is now said to have been a crossbreed between American and English foxhounds. Although it was primarily used to hunt small game like opossums and raccoons, it has been used to hunt bears. The skill of this breed and its ability to track warm scents makes them ideal for hunting competitions, but they are also popular pets.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound has a lithe yet muscular body and reaches an average weight between forty-five and sixty-five pounds. Its legs are long and its ears are significantly longer than its head. The short coat is smooth and glossy and is typically bicolor or tricolor in appearance, although most breeders prefer tricolored individuals.
This breed is loving and intelligent and makes a good pet companion to those who understand their nature as a hunter. The breed is extremely focused and energetic when a scent is found but is said to be lazy at home. Early and consistent training is recommended for the breed due to its intelligent nature. It will learn from its people and try to “bargain” when training, often choosing its own means of accomplishing a task.
They are known for their affinity towards certain people, places, and items and will often hoard desired objects in many areas. This behavior and others can be controlled by engaging the dog with one toy or teaching it a variety of tricks. Gentle and consistent training is recommended for this breed, as harsh training may decrease trust and create behavioral issues. It gets along well with children and small pets so is a good candidate for multiple pet homes. It is recognized by the UKC as a scent hound and as a provisional breed by the AKC.
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