/Breed Introduction: Treeing Walker Coonhound Dog

Treeing Walker Coonhound

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a breed of hound descended from the English and American Foxhounds. The breed originated in the United States when a dog known as “Tennessee Lead” was crossed into the Walker Hound in the 19th century. This classic tricolour hound has a racy build, a short, clear bark, and a strong desire to hunt. Personalities range from outgoing to bashful to protective. Like any hound, the Treeing Walker requires patient, consistent obedience dog training and plenty of daily walks.

Breed Origin


Descended from English Foxhounds and formerly classified as an English Coonhound, the Treeing Walker earned its fame by being good at the trailing game, as compared to the other coonhounds. The Walker part of the name comes from Kentuckian John W. Walker, who helped develop the breed.

Breed Characteristics


Males stand 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder; females, 20 to 25 inches. Weight ranges from 45 to 80 pounds.

The smooth and shiny tricolor coat can be white with black spots and tan markings, or black with white markings and tan trim, known as saddleback or blanket back.

Treeing Walker is perfectly suited for the task for which it was bred – tracking and treeing wild raccoons in the nature. The breed’s competitive spirit makes it an ideal choice for competitive coonhound events where the breed excels.

The Treeing Walker dog breed has a short, clear bark and a passion for the hunt. Some may be shy or confident, but they are still hounds!