Treeing Walker Coonhound

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50-70 lbs
United States
English Coonhound

The Treeing Walker Coonhound descends from both the English and the American Foxhound, who were originally used as hunting dogs. The Treeing Walker Coonhound’s  original purpose was to hunt small game. Today’s hunter still uses the breed for treeing and hunting. Treeing is a type of hunting which uses dogs to force the prey to climb up into a tree. This wonderful breed not only excels as a hunter but as a great companion and family dog. The Treeing Walker Coonhound originates from the United States and is nicknamed TWC or Walker. Due to the short coat of this affectionate dog, very little maintenance is required.

hunting, treeing
Date of Origin
english foxhound, american foxhound

Treeing Walker Coonhound Health

Average Size
Height: 22-27 inches Weight: 50-70 lbs
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 50-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Polyradiculoneuritis
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Hips
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination

Treeing Walker Coonhound Breed History

The Treeing Walker Coonhound descended from the English Foxhound, which was also called English Coonhound. The “Walker” part of his name comes from John W. Walker, a Kentuckian who develop the breed. The other breeder responsible for the initial development of the breed was George Washington Maupin.  During the Colonial era, Mr. Walker and Mr. Maupin imported and bred English Foxhounds. The dogs they bred were called Walker Hounds. In the 1800’s they acquired a black and tan dog named Tennessee Lead, which was then crossed with the Walker Hound. The “Walker Hound” legend is that Tennessee Lead was stolen from a deer chase in Tennessee.  Tennessee Lead was a rat-tailed, black and tan hound sold to Mr. Maupin. The ancestry origins of Tennessee Lead are unknown although it is clear that the exceptional speed of the Treeing Walker Coonhound came from this legendary dog.  Mr. Walker and Mr. Maupin proceeded to use Tennessee Lead as a stud dog, producing valued litters. The new breed was first called the Walker Coonhound and was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1905. The name was later changed to the Treeing Walker Coonhound. The Treeing Walker Coonhound was recognized by the American Kennel Club in January 2012, making this dog the AKC's 174th recognized breed.

Treeing Walker Coonhound Breed Appearance

The Treeing Walker Coonhound has a broad skull. The muzzle is long and narrow. He has large, floppy pendant ears. The eyes are large, brown and have a soft and gentle expression. The breed has a smooth glossy coat and comes in a tricolor and bi-color pattern. They may come in black, tan and white or any combination of two or all three colors. The legs of the Treeing Walker Coonhound are lean and long but are muscular. Their feet are compact and well padded, with a cat-like appearance. The tail is moderately long and is set high. They have powerful shoulders. Their upper lip hangs below the lower jaw. The breed is known for its beautiful agility and grace. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is sometimes confused for a large Beagle.

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Treeing Walker Coonhound Breed Maintenance

A Treeing Walker Coonhound needs his owner’s companionship. The breed’s hunting instinct can be channel into tracking, field trials or search and rescue. His endurance and determination also make him a great hiking partner. His short and smooth coat needs to be brushed weekly to remove dead hair and in addition, monthly bathing will help with his musky smell. His ears should be checked weekly for wax build up, irritation or mites. The veterinarian can recommend an ear wash to use for the breed’s pendulous ears. Brushing the dog’s teeth once a week can help prevent tartar buildup and gum disease. His nails may need to be trimmed once per month.  This breed is not good for apartment living as the space may be too confined.  The Treeing Walker Coonhound is meant to have a large yard in which to run, play and explore. 

Brushes for Treeing Walker Coonhound
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Treeing Walker Coonhound Temperament

The breed is intelligent and social and enjoys spending time with his family. The breed can adapt to living outside but they thrive being part of the family, spending time indoors as part of the family dynamics. Because the Treeing Walkers are exceptionally smart, they are very trainable. The breed is very sensitive and does not respond well to being treated harshly. It is important to socialize him at a young age. These dogs are extremely prey driven and should never be walked off-leash as anything small and moving will be chased. Treeing Walker Coonhounds make good family dogs for an active family. The breed has a loud “bugle bark” and they can be stubborn, although their affectionate nature does allow for successful obedience. Treeing Walker Coonhounds enjoy children and are gentle canines. They get along well with other dogs but are usually not good with cats or small pets like gerbils, rabbits, or mice because of their chasing drive. They make good companion dogs but they need activities and exercise. They are even-tempered and not an aggressive breed. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a working dog and loves to “work” and please his owners. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Treeing Walker Coonhound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.8 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Treeing Walker Coonhound Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Height: 18 inches Weight: 27 lbs
12 Months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Height: 21 inches Weight: 47 lbs
18 Months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Height: 22 inches Weight: 60 lbs

Treeing Walker Coonhound Owner Experiences

8 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Willabee gets daily runs while on the leash as I ride along with him on my atv.He looks forward to this every day and even catches woodchucks even though he is leashed.Walker hounds must have exersise or they wont sleep well at night.Using my ATV allows him to actually run and really burn it up.When Willy is around the house he enjoys over 4 acres of electric fenced in pastures to run around on.I cant stress enough how important it is to have lot of room and an electric or wooded solid fenced in yard for a dog like this.Otherwise he will run off at the first scent of wildlife.He barks at ever car that pulls into the drivway making him a very good watch dog.He hears every tiny little noise with those ultra sensative beautiful ears.Willabee is the most affectionate loving dog I have ever known.Loves children and other dogs.He loves to sleep under the bed covers all night long which is so nice on the cold winter nights.He is a wonderful house dog who really enjoys lounging.Willabee watches TV and especially likes to see dogs on the screen as he barks at them.When I look into his eyes I see nothing but love and a pure connection to his soul.I don't think a more loving affectionate dog exists like the hound.He is extremely smart,likes simple toys like a stuffed sock.Willabee is highly intelligent and seems to understand the word boredom very well.He will stare at me when he gets bored and whine and start barking untill I either play with him or give him something to do.He likes 3 squares a day and lets me know when hes ready by walking up to the cabinet and barking at it.He loves taking rides in the truck with his head out the window and dreds the times that I must leave him home.Walkers are extremely needy dogs that want their master around constantly which he displays with moans, tears and licks upon my arrival after leaving him for only 30 minutes.I even out two way cameras in my home so I can see and talk to him while im away.Its really cool and it seems to help satify him. I love Willabee more than anything because he makes it so easy to love him.I will miss him so dearly one day.My heart is already broken.
5 days, 8 hours ago
5 months
4 People
Chase ball
Dog-friendly events
Dog Parks
Ours is young but is very eager to please, so she's very trainable and has already learned to ring a bell to go outside and sits while we prepare her meals, waiting for 'ok' to release. She's very affectionate, great with our 2 miniature pinschers and all the kids in our neighborhood. So please we found her at the Humane Society <3
2 weeks, 6 days ago