The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a sleek athletic dog with a smooth coat that should look sleek similar to the coat of a Beagle. The breed can come in black, tan, and white or in a combination of any two of those colors. Their head is small with a long, but narrow muzzle. Like a Beagles, their eyes should be big and bright and are normally brown. Their long, floppy ear fall over the sides of their face and should hit the end of their neck. The Treeing Walker Coonhound’s lips hang low like their ears. They generally hang below their lower jaw. Although the dog has the body of a Beagle, it has the long, thin, muscular legs of much taller dogs, such as the Great Dane.
The Treeing-walker was developed from a specific line of English Walker Foxhounds. Treeing Walker Coonhounds have muscular shoulders and necks, as well as strong hind legs. Their front legs are weak compared to the rest of their body. They are agile, fast and have an impeccable sense of smell, obviously being a hound.
Treeing Walker Coonhounds love people. They are wonderful with children and any dogs. In fact, their energetic attitude makes them a joy for the entire family. Because they are highly intelligent and eager to please their owners, they well to training. The breed also wants plenty of attention. The breed can sometimes be high-strung and can easily become bored without proper stimulation. As one might expect, they like to hunt and are very good at it because they have a hard working attitude. However, they are also fun companion dogs.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a very healthy breed with no health issues. They can live to be about 12 to 13 years of age.
Treeing Walker Coonhounds are susceptible to ear infections, including yeast infections, which can be cured with ear drops from the vet.
Although the Treeing Walker Coonhound was not officially recognized as a breed until 1946, it originated much earlier. The breed is believed to have originated when English Foxhounds, which were brought to the United States by Thomas Walker in 1742, were crossed with a unknown dog breed. Today’s modern version has undergone still more changes. The breed was crossed with Foxhounds later imported into the country by George Washington, then were mixed with specific foxhound specimens who displayed a strong work drive. Over time, the Treeing Walker Coonhound has continued to be refined.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound needs little grooming. They should be brushed and bathed occasionally. They shed a moderate amount. their ears are heavy and prone to infections, the most vital grooming requirement for the breed is to clean out its ears regularly. They have an extremely high level of energy, so they need lots of vigorous exercise and require mental stimulation, especially if they are not used for hunting. The dogs need things to keep them busy at all times because they can easily become bored.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound enjoys nothing more than human contact, but they are not for everyone. They are good with children and other dogs. However, they are not good around small animals because of their strong hunting instincts. They need an owner who has lots of time for intense exercise and who can provide plenty of affection. Treeing Walker Coonhounds should not live in an apartment or urban area because they will become anxious and high strung. They do best in rural areas with large yards. However, the yards should be fenced in because the dogs will run away to hunt. The breed is intelligent which can get them into trouble when they are bored, so they need an owner who is willing and able to keep them busy.
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