The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a hound dog that is descended from Foxhounds (both English and American varieties). The breed was developed in the nineteenth century when a dog simply known as "Tennessee Lead" was bred to a Walker Hound for the purpose of hunting raccoons, bear, mountain lions, and deer. The chief developers of the breed were John W. Walker and George Washington Maupin. The Treeing Walker's personality is typical of any hound; the breed loves to chase a scent (and may be obstinate in doing so). The breed is considered fearless on the hunt, and is known for their propensity for high activity levels, which means Treeing Walker Coonhound owners will need to provide their dogs with a great deal of exercise in order for the dog to remain happy.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a breed that might have been developed for the hunt, but this dog is so much more than that! This hound can be utilized for service work, and the pup's natural penchant for being social makes them great therapy dogs. This highly active pup will enjoy a wide variety of activities, but, most of all, the dog will want to complete these activities with their favorite humans.