The Treeing Walker Coonhound is an energetic and courageous hunting and tracking dog. Physically, it has hanging ears of moderate length and a well set and carried high tail. It is noted for being an intelligent and alert dog.
The breed has a medium size and a balanced structure. Males can weigh between 14 and 18 kg, while females range between 12 and 16 kg. The height in males is between 48 and 53 cm and in females between 43 and 48 cm. Their life expectancy is 9 to 13 years. The smooth-coated retriever belongs to Group 5 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes Spitz and primitive type dogs.
Breed history in brief
The Treeing Walker Coonhound breed is derived from the Walker Foxhound, which evolved from Virginia Hounds descended from the first English Foxhounds in the United States. Although initially classified as an English Coonhound, Treeing Walker breeders separated in 1945 to preserve the desired qualities. This dog is a fast, sly, keen-sniffing hunter with a clear, resonant barking voice. Thanks to its speed, the Treeing Walker is highly competitive and its fame has been consolidated in night hunts. Today, it retains a similar appearance to the Walker Foxhound, maintaining the same color and similar conformation.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound has an alert and intelligent appearance, with moderately low, medium-length ears that hang elegantly toward the muzzle. The eyes are large, wide-set and expressive, dark in color. The tail is set moderately high, carried high and has a curved shape.
The short coat is smooth and glossy. The tricolor coat is preferred, with white, black and tan. White may be the predominant color with black markings and tan accents, or black may be the predominant color with white markings and tan accents.
The temperament of the Treeing Walker Coonhound combines alertness and intelligence with energy and courage. They are dogs that need proper mental and physical stimulation, as well as early and continuous socialization to maintain their emotional balance. With proper breeding and firm but loving guidance, the Treeing Walker Coonhound can be a loyal, courageous and dependable companion.
Common health problems
The Treeing Walker Coonhound breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, cataracts and degenerative valve disease.
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