The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a breed of dog descended from the English Foxhound. The breed began when a stolen dog of unknown origin, known as "Tennessee Lead", was crossed into the Walker Hound in the 1800s. Thomas Walker had imported the English Foxhound to Virginia in 1742.
Numerous types of walker hounds exist, with the Treeing Walker being the most prominent. They are excellent hunting dogs, very capable in the art of treeing game. They are known to sometimes virtually climb the tree to get at their prey. Normally, they are trained to bay the breed's melodic and distinctive howl, informing their hunters that the prey has been treed.
They stand between 20 and 27 inches at the withers, weighing between 50 and 70 pounds. They come in both bicolor and tricolor coats. They are extremely powerful, especially throughout the shoulder region, and have large ears compared to head size. Their legs are straight and lean, yet well muscled.
The Redbone Coonhound is a hardy breed that has few known diseases. The most common are hip dysplasia and obesity. The average lifespan of a Red is 10-15 years.
Treeing Walker Coonhounds are good with children and get along well with other dogs. They are generally easy to train with little trouble, IF you can get their nose off the trail! They are primarily known as working and hunting dogs, but also make excellent pets if well exercised. They tend to be somewhat high-strung, but are also eager to please, loving, intelligent and confident. They are extremely fast and agile, and are known to have a one-track mind.
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