Treeing Walker Coonhound Resource

Treeing Walker Coonhound

The Treeing Walker Coonhound was developed in the United States in the 1700s. They take their name from two unrelated men (both named walker) who imported English foxhounds and bred them with a stolen dog of unknown origin. According to the UKC’s breed standard: ?Tennessee Lead [the stolen dog] has an exceptional amount of game sense, plenty of drive and speed, and clear short mouth.? The breed is known for tracking raccoons by scent, driving them up a tree and holding them at bay, barking up to 100 times a minute to alert and guide hunters. The breed’s virtuosity explains its popularity among Coonhound owners. Walkers outnumber all other Coonhound breeds, including Black and Tan and Bluetick, combined in the United States, according to the UKC Treeing Walker Breeders and Fanciers Association. The breed behaves calmly indoors and with proper training can limit vocalizations at home. But prospective owners should consider the exercise requirements of a hound bred for endurance on rigorous all-night hunts. 

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Medium Dog Breed
Tricolor (white, black and tan), white with tan spots or white with black spots.

Short, dense, sleek.


Brush weekly.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 13 years
AKC Group:
Hound Group
UKC Group:
20 to 27 inches at the shoulder
Males, 40 to 55 pounds; females, 35 to 40 pounds.