Treeing Walker Coonhound

Breed History

Treeing Walker Coonhound

Treeing Walker Coonhound is a medium size known for treeing and tracking down other animals. Strong prey drive, stamina, and brilliant nose makes them an excellent hound dog.

One of the few dogs to originate from United States of America but they would breed several dogs that were imported to get the look but more importantly the characteristics they are looking for.

Coming directly from English Foxhounds but they would break away in the 20th century to become their own breed. Most dog breeds who had this split was because influential breeders had disagreements about breed standards.

Changes to breed standard from the English Foxhound was because of making a better hunter with a greater nose, better endurance, and faster speed. No changes were for dog shows.

Tree dogs can track down an animal and when they go into a tree, they can either climb up the tree or set the animal up to be shot because they have no where to hide from the hunter.

Coonhound is a description dogs that are great racoon hunters get. Hunting abilities range from big cats, squirrels, rats, and other smaller animals.

Besides their strong prey drive you will always notice how gentle, affectionate, and family oriented they are when not in hunting mode.

Over the years large hound dogs have been bred down into smaller versions to be able to catch and flush out smaller game while keeping that hunting ability of the bigger original hounds.


In 2012, they would finally receive registration with the American Kennel Club but would have papers from the United Kennel Club since the 1940’s.

Top 130 for now in the AKC due to be a recent addition to club. Once some time passes, we will be able to assess how popular they are with accuracy. For now, it is too early to call.

Hound Dog is the category these two kennel clubs place them, and it is hard to imagine any other category. Here are the kennel clubs and their breed standards that show recognition.


Male Height: 23-27 inches

Female Height: 20-24 inches

Male Weight: 60-70 pounds

Female Weight: 50-60 pounds

Litter Size

6 puppies are the average litter size for the Treeing Walker Coonhound. That’s a decent number of puppies and breeders should be aware of how many to expect. Mothers have no known problems when it comes to giving birth.


  • Black
  • White
  • Tricolor
  • Spots – tan, black
  • White markings


$1,000-$3,000 are the average price of a Treeing Walker Coonhound. Prices vary depending on location, currency, supply, demand and other issues.

Registration for a dog will be the highest quality that matches the breed standard. Tracing the bloodline from the native and kennel club until they reach your country and local kennel club.

Dogs without papers are most likely due to crossbreeding whenever one, or both, of the parents can’t get registration on them the puppy will not be able get papers either.


Take the dog on a long walk or run before you begin a grooming session or before you take them to a professional. Getting them in the right state of mind before the session is the best way to start and continue the practice with a leash until the behavior is exactly how you want it.

  1. Brushing
  2. Bathing
  3. Ears
  4. Nails
  5. Professional Help

Brush the coat at least once per week to get the best results. Not a big shedding dog but they will benefit from getting a brush during this time to remove excess hair quicker.

Bathe the coat after a long exercise session to ensure great behavior. Hot days and some exhaustion is the perfect combination to get the dog to like the water and enjoy they bath.

Clean the ears once per week to make sure they don’t get an ear infection. Long floppy ears have a lot of moisture and when you combine that with dirt and other elements it can speed up the process.

Trim the nails which running or walking, which we recommend. If you don’t exercise, which we don’t recommend, take the dog on a long walk or run.

Professional help is not a recommendation.

Life Span

12-14 years is the average lifespan for a Treeing Walker Coonhound. That’s a long time for a dog to live and owners should be aware of the time commitment. Great dog for adoption as an adult because they live a long time.

Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia – hips are a big issues for dogs of any size and you should get them an examination by the time they turn 24 months according to their kennel club. Although that is the standard time if you find the dog limping, skipping, or favoring a leg take them to the vet right away.

Elbow Dysplasia – growth on the elbow is a visible sign that the dog has been developing dysplasia on the elbow. Additionally, stiffness and taking a long time to warm up to walk should make you go to the vet right away. Other than that, take them around 24 months if you see no visible signs.

Thyroid Examination – signs of excessive hair loss, increase appetite, never ending thirst, and too much weight gain will be obvious signs that the dog’s thyroid is not working the way it should.

Breed Group

Proud member of the Hound Group. These dogs are known to be some of the best noses and sight dogs in the world. Known for their ability to run down prey in packs and smaller prey by themselves in different ways.

Here are some of the dogs in the Hound Group

Exercise Needs

Treeing Walker Coonhound need a lot of exercise and they need it daily. History of this breed shows that they’re hunters who can follow a scent relentless until they find the animal they are looking for.

Taking that into consideration you should look to give this dog a lot of daily exercise to meet their needs. Once you start to bring the level of exercising they need it will change the behavior.

Without getting the proper outlet you risk the chance of a dog developing unfavorable behavior. Behaviors include but not limited to digging, barking excessively, whining, anxiety, biting, nipping, and others.

Over excitement and jumping is one of the few problems you are going to have for ignoring the behavior. Only way to combat this problem is to take them out on runs and walks every day.

Here is the basic recommendation we would give a client

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

Program is simple but not easy. I would try one session and it works well but for some dogs that just isn’t enough. Two sessions are going to take care of the most energetic cases calming them down.

Younger dogs need the most exercise and this will need to happen while teaching them house, walking and backyard rules. Multiple sessions a day and a lot of runs will help them out a lot in this aspect.

Adult dogs are going to be less energetic when they reach around three years of age. One sessions will start to become the norm around this age and older.

Senior dogs need a walk around the corner, and they will be good to go.

Remember bad behavior equals more exercise and good behavior equals maintaining or decreasing.


  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every home should be built on a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than daily exercise. Taking the time to get at least one hour a day should be a minimum to get the dog to act normal. Whenever that isn’t enough you should really add a night or afternoon session for another 30 minutes to an hour and the results will be staggering over time. Hard work is something that is a requirement for a dog at first and after a while you can relax the rules and exercise program.

Commands is a great way to teach the dog, bond with them, and increase your control of them. Keeping using repetition to teach the dog and continue to maintenance them after. Using treats, toys, or life rewards should all be in your toolbox.

Socialize the dog after a long walk or run. In that order you will see that the dog is calm and ready to become social. Doing it in this order before vet visits, dog parks, beaches, car rides and others are the best practices.

Correct the dog verbally, on or off leash. Regardless of the way you choose to correct you should always have the fundamentals down. Timing is the most important of all techniques when correcting. A dog will correct your way before you get to their dog bowl. Use the exact same timing that they already understand. Making them sit and lay after the timing is correct is the only other thing you need to know about corrections.

Do Treeing Walker Coonhounds Climb Trees?

Yes, a Treeing Walker Coonhound can climb a tree and attempt to hunt down an animal. Most likely the hunter will reach the tree and assist with firing a shot at the prey ending the pursuit. Depending on the situation you might see multiple endings that are different.

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