Treeing Walker Coonhound
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Males 56-69 cm
Females 51-64 cm
Short, shiny, has waterproof properties and fits snugly against the body
Tricolor charcoal-black with golden-red and white markings
Breeds outside the FCI classification
Features of the breed
History of Origin
The Treeing Walker Coonhound or TWC is a trendy breed in America. The breeder’s history began when a breeder by the surname Walker brought in a hound and started this kind of dog in the United States. His hot blood cannot be contained within one breed; breeders created many varieties of Cunhaunts. Bloodhounds are considered the ancestors of the breed. The Treeing Walker Coonhound was bred exclusively for hunting. The main prey is small and large animals.
In the year of the end of World War II, the Treeing Walker Coonhound was recognized as an independent breed. Unfortunately, the hound never gained popularity outside of America.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is very agile and flexible yet has a strong build. The head is proportional to the body. The muzzle, like a typical hound, is very elegant. The ears are long, low set, and hanging. The tail is strong and slim. The limbs are strong and well developed. The coat is short, shiny, has waterproof properties, and fits tightly to the body. The most desirable color is a tricolor coal-black with golden-red and white markings.
The character of the Treeing Walker Coonhound will mainly depend on the upbringing of the owner. Representatives of this breed come across as proud and stubborn, and fearful with a mild character. In general, it is a calm dog with a balanced temperament, loves active physical activity, and gets along well with all family members. The hound treats children wonderfully, always supports playful games, and does not allow itself to react with aggression to mischief on their part.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound behaves quite confidently with strangers and sometimes even overly shows its joy when meeting a new person. From this, we can conclude that the pet is ill-suited for the role of a guard. The problem with abundant attention to strangers can be solved with training. However, some hounds have increased attention and vigilance. These are the kind of pets that can be raised as watchdogs. Keeping this breed on a chain is not recommended; the dog is always on the move, even in a small area.
This breed loves to be in the company of people but avoids spending much time with congeners. Its leadership qualities in hunting can explain it. During this process, the dog relies only on itself and can cope with small prey without help. But this does not mean that the hound will be aggressive to other dogs. Not all members of this breed will be able to get along with other pets peacefully. If they have been raised together since birth, then this will increase the chance of peaceful coexistence.
It is worthwhile to train the tree raccoon hound puppy to take walks, behave outdoors, and relate to stray animals from birth. Uncontrolled hunting instinct can play a cruel joke and harm the pet.
Taking care of a tree raccoon hound does not require much of the owner’s precious time. It is enough to comb the dog daily with a special brush. Then the coat will retain its natural shine. The breed’s shedding is almost imperceptible.
It is worth paying attention to the care of a hound’s floppy ears. If dirt accumulates, it will provoke an infection. It is worth checking them every few days and cleaning them as needed. Every two months, the dog’s claws should be trimmed, especially if they don’t sharpen naturally. Twice a week, you should brush your dog’s teeth with special products available at the pet store.
The tree raccoon hound is always trying to please its owner. Therefore, in the process of training, everything will work out in the best way. The dog is on the same wavelength as the owner quickly learns basic commands and behavior rules. It is not necessary to spoil the relationship by raising the voice or physical punishment. This way, the owner will bring up a timid pet. Forbid the pet to pull on the leash. The pet should always walk beside the owner.
If the dog becomes interested in an object or a scent, it can ruin the training process. It is important to exercise your dog regularly and reinforce success with a treat. Affection from the owner will be an excellent motivator for the dog.
If you do not have the opportunity to hunt with a hound – you need to provide the dog with a lot of physical activity. Otherwise, the pet will become tense, and all the remaining energy will go into various mischief. The Treeing Walker Coonhound needs free space, so it will not be suitable for living in an apartment.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is adapted to work in all weather conditions. It has good health, but you should react to the slightest deviation from the norm and immediately contact a specialist.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is prone to these diseases:
- hip dysplasia;
- eye problems;
- ear infections.
The nutrition of the tree raccoon hound has no great peculiarities. The diet should be balanced, and the pet should be fed lean meat, porridges, soups, and vegetables. You can add special vitamin supplements. Sweet and smoked foods should not be given to the pet. Freshwater should be readily available. It can be taken directly for a walk to prevent dehydration.