Complete Guide To The Treeing Walker Coonhound: Personality, Health, Where To Find One and More

The name Treeing Walker Coonhound is a bit of a misnomer. Born to run, walking is the last thing on these endearing dogs’ minds.

One of the many Coonhound varieties in the Untied States states, the Treeing Walker definitely stands apart from the rest and a breed I’m seeing on occasion now in my veterinary practice.

How Big Do Treeing Walker Coonhounds Get?

Male22″ – 27″ at the shoulder55-70 lbs
Female20″ – 25″ at the shoulder50 – 60 lbs

What Do Treeing Walker Coonhounds Look Like?

Treeing Walkers are mid-sized at 50-70 pounds. Long-legged but well-balanced, their muscular hindquarters help them reach top speeds. Long, wide ears hang gracefully, highlighting a square muzzle, delicate neck and soft, pleading brown eyes.

Colors include black and white, but tri-colored dogs — black, white and tan — are preferred. Coats are short, soft and dense. Tails are long, tapered and active — owner can always read their mood.

One of many coonhounds developed by early American settlers, the Treeing Walker Coonhound diverged as a breed in the mid-1900s, yet it still resembles its closest cousins, the Bluetick Coonhound.

What Is The Personality Of A Treeing Walker Coonhound?

Treeing Walker Coonhounds are nicknamed ‘The People’s Choice,” for their strong work ethic and down-home charm. They have a sweet spot for family and kids, and they get along famously with other dogs. High-octane and vocal, they’re a poor choice for apartments — they need an active family that enjoys the fresh air and sunshine.

At work or play, they do nothing halfway. Full-tilt in the field, they like nothing more than a long nap and a cuddle after a hard day’s work. Few sporting dogs are as gentle and loving companions.

How Much Exercise Do Treeing Walker Coonhounds Need?

Treeing Walkers have two gears — full-speed ahead and stop. They need to stay physically and mentally active, and when they’re ready to run, they won’t take no for an answer. Keep your shoes and a leash by the door.

Given a big backyard, they’ll entertain themselves chasing after things only they can see. But they thrive on human companionship and prefer owner-led activities. They’re ready and willing running partners.

Non-sporting dogs like games geared to their strengths — Fetch and Tug-of-War top the list. Or participate in AKC field events, including Nite Hunt, an activity designed just for coonhounds.

How Much Grooming Do Treeing Walker Coonhounds Need?

Low-maintenance, Treeing Walkers have easy-care coats. Their slick fur is dirt-, mud-, and water-resistant, so they only need occasional baths. Regular brushing with a hound glove or curry mitt removes debris, restores their natural luster and minimizes shedding.

Ear care, however, is more challenging. Long-eared dogs are prone to infections because their heavy pinnae prevent air and light from reaching their ear canals — dark, moist conditions are all bacteria need to grow.
Check them once a week for excess buildup, irritation and odor. Regular cleaning with an alcohol-free solution may reduce your veterinary bills.

Treeing Walkers have small feet with toes close together, so they’re vulnerable to discomfort if their nails get too long or curved. Running on an abrasive surface, like a city sidewalk, helps keep them short, but dogs that run in the field don’t have that advantage. A good rule with this breed is to trim them monthly.

What Kind Of Dog Food Is Best For Treeing Walker Coonhounds?

Personally I believe that most foods are fine for most dogs. Some dogs may not do well on some foods. However, as a rule I don’t blanket-prohibit any dietary ingredient from any breed at this time.

As a veterinarian, I tend to lean towards dog foods from the larger, more established dog food companies. They tend to have less recalls and issues with production than the smaller boutique companies. More times than not, if a patient is having GI upset due to food, it’s from one of these newer, “boutique” companies.

Best Puppy Food For Treeing Walker Coonhounds:

Best Adult Food For Treeing Walker Coonhounds:

Please don’t listen to the folks at the pet store trying to convince you to buy a grain-free diet for your dog. There’s zero science behind that and vets are actually seeing diseases now related to feeding grain-free foods.

It’s very important they remain at their optimal weight throughout their life. Have your vet go over with you exactly where to feel to know when your dog is too big.

How Long Do Treeing Walker Coonhounds Live?

12-13 years based on information from the AKC

What Health Problems Do Treeing Walker Coonhounds Have?

All Coonhounds are fairly healthy but there are a few health concerns that you’ll need to watch out for including:

  • Orthopedic issues such as arthritis as they get older secondary to issues such as hip dysplasia or ACL tears
  • Obesity (they get lazy when they get older)

They can still have all the other possible issues any dog can get – allergies, urinary tract infections, cancer, etc. However, as a breed I consider the Treeing Walker Coonhound to be of excellent quality!

Where Can I Learn More About Treeing Walker Coonhounds?

Treeing Walker Breeders and Fanciers Association

AKC Breed Profile

Where Can I Find A Treeing Walker Coonhounds?

Start with the Treeing Walker Breeders and Fanciers Association. They can guide you towards the right dog if you’re looking for a pet, hunting companion, or even a competition-level puppy.

Looking for an Adult Rescue? Start with Coonhound Rescue.

Interesting Facts About the Treeing Walker Coonhound

If you’ve never heard of Treeing Walker Coonhounds, you’re not alone. Despite their loyal fans and early roots, they weren’t recognized by the AKC as a distinct breed until 2012.

These facts will give you insight into this uniquely American dog.

They Were Named for Thomas Walker

Most American coonhounds were bred by early colonialists. The Treeing Walker was named for his ability to chase prey up trees and his developer, Thomas Walker. Explorer, physician and politician, Walker explored the Kentucky region in the mid-1700s, almost 20 years before his famous counterpart, Daniel Boone.

They’re Chatty

Hounds are known for their vocal talents. They bark, howl and bay on the trail as a way of alerting their human hunting partners of a find. Treeing Walkers are no exception, but they have a larger-than-average vocabulary, using a range of sounds from a bugle-like howl to a short, choppy bark to indicate changing conditions.

And Hot-Nosed

Treeing Walkers are among many coonhounds developed by early settlers. Each was thoughtfully bred for different qualities relevant to the prey in their area.

So-called cold-nosed hounds can detect trails that are weeks old — a plus when searching for missing persons. The Treeing Walker is a hot-nosed hound, preferred for hunting because they’ll ignore old scents from long-gone prey in favor of fresh trails and a likely catch.