For some time the Treeing Walker Coonhound was strongly associated with the English Coonhound but its breeders concentrated on totally different qualities and eventually it separated in a completely new type. It specializes in hunting racoons, squirrels and opossums. To catch up with such quick and nimble animals it was bred to be fast, tough and single-minded. This dog is supposed to «tree» its quarry but it’s actually quite able to climb the tree to reach it. It requires minimum training to learn simply wait the arrival of the hunter while signalling the location of the prey with its sonorous voice.
The first specimen of the Treeing Walker Coonhound was registered with the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1945. The breed hasn’t yet been recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC) but it’s a member of the AKC’ Foundation Stock Service.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is polite with unknown people and some specimens can actually grow up in inappropriate greeters. However this problem can be easily corrected with timely training and socialisation. The breed is very alert and constantly observes its surroundings. That’s why it can be turned into a rather effective watch dog. It varies in relation to the power of its protective instinct but majority of dogs will make wonderful guardians.
As far as other canines concern the well-socialised Treeing Walker Coonhound interacts with them heartily. It definitely doesn’t strive for permanent companionship of other dog but it will be quite content with it. This dog has hunting instincts deeply ingrained in its nature so no amount of training will guarantee its respectful attitude towards small species of animals. It’s safe to assume though that the Treeing Walker Coonhound will make friends with a home cat with which it has been raised together. At the same time some members will never get over their tremendously strong hunting instinct and won’t be able to co-exist peacefully with non-canine animals.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• ear infections;
• eye problems;
The Treeing Walker Coonhound’s floppy ears have tendency to get dirty really easy and this creates favourable conditions for development of various infections and irritation. So it’s essential to inspect and clean them consistently and carefully. Its owner shouldn’t also forget to trim the dogs’ nails every two months and brush its teeth once or twice a week.
Moreover nothing can turn the dogs’ attention back to training if it’s captivated with some enticing smell. So it’s wise to make sure that your training regimen is based on principals of consistency and repetitiveness. The best motivational factors for the Treeing Walker Coonhound are food treats as well as a kind, encouraging word.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound undoubtedly requires some meaningful way to channel its buoyant energy if it isn’t engaged in hunting. Otherwise it’s apt to become over-strained, nervous and ill-behaved. The breed should be provided with a room to play and run and therefore it’s not really suited for apartment or city life.