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Meet the breed: Treeing Walker Coonhound

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle is the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for an energetic and playful pup that is good with children, find out everything you need to know about the Treeing Walker Coonhound.


  • Loving
  • Clever
  • Confident
  • Friendly
  • Pleasing



Named after its ability to catch animals that flee up trees and its original breeders, George Washington Maupin and John Walker of Tennessee, the Treeing Walker Coonhound is typically thought of as a smaller version of the Beagle. The breed makes an excellent hunter as it will not only chase its prey up the tree, but also howl until the hunter arrives. Fast and agile, this breed not only makes a good hunter, but a great companion.

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Breed standards

  • AKC group: Hound
  • UKC group: Soundhound
  • Average lifespan: 12-13 years
  • Average size: 50-70 lbs
  • Coat appearance: Smooth, short, glossy
  • Coloration: Tan and white
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Stout and full of strength with powerful shoulders; average and proportioned head; large black nose and eyes; muscular legs; large ears that hang below the head; and long tail that curves upward.
  • Possible alterations: May have tricoloration

Is this breed right for you?

A great family dog, the Treeing Walker Coonhound is an extremely affectionate breed and good with children of all ages. In need of numerous amounts of exercise, this breed is not recommended for apartment life and would do best with access to a yard and a swimming pool. Happiest in warm and sunny climates, the Treeing Walker Coonhound is a very active and hyper dog. With hunting instincts and a strong sniffer, it is known to be a loud howler and big drooler that gets along well with other pups.

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A dream day-in-the-life

Waking up ready to play, it will greet every member of the family with a howl and a lick. Sniffing out breakfast, it will join the family for a meal. Afterward, it will head outside to sniff out the yard and go for a swim. Perhaps a bit of a walk and a hunt for small animals, it will come back for a tiny catnap. Playing and engaging in fun with the kiddos, it’ll chase them around the yard until they rest. Back inside, it’ll watch the house until you are home to take it on its daily walk. Once the sun is down, this pup will cuddle up with the family, while someone gives it a good rubdown.

Other breeds you might like

Black and Tan Coonhound
Redbone Coonhound

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