The consummate hunting dog, the Treeing Walker Coonhound should convey an air of power, agility, and extreme endurance. The head should be of medium length, with a prominent squared muzzle, black nostrils, and a broad cranium. The ears should be set moderately low; the oval or round tips should just reach the tip of the nose. The large, dark eyes should be wide- set and convey the classic soft, pleading hound expression.
Look for a neck that rises cleanly and smoothly from the shoulders and a back that is strong and muscular with a top line that is level or that slopes slightly from shoulder to rear. The front legs are parallel and straight, with thickly padded cat feet and well-arched toes. The hind legs should be long, parallel, and powerful, with clean hocks. The tapered tail should be carried up, with a graceful curve and no excess fur.
The coat is short, dense, smooth, and glossy. A tricolor pattern of white, black, and tan is preferred. Either white or black can be the predominant color, with the other colors appearing as trim, spots, or saddles. History:
As the story goes, the first Treeing Walker Coonhound was a cross between a stolen English Foxhound named "Tennessee Lead" and an English Coonhound in the late 1800s. Fast, powerful, and agile, the dogs were bred specifically for coon-treeing competitions, in which farmers would bet on whose dogs would tree the first raccoon. Today, the Treeing Walker Coonhound is one of the most popular hounds in the country—both for competitive and recreational hunting—due to its sharp nose, incredible speed, and endurance. Treeing Walkers are not just used for coonhunting; they will trail bears and cougars, and are considered the top choice for hunting bobcats. These dogs were called English Coonhounds until 1945, when Treeing Walker Coonhound breeders broke away from that group to further develop their own breed.