Treeing Walker Coon Hounds are a breed of dog descended from the English Foxhound, first recognized as a separate breed in 1945. This breed began when a stolen dog of unknown origin, known as "Tennessee Lead", was crossed into the Walker Hounds in the 1800s. Thomas Walker had imported the English Foxhound to Virginia in 1742.
This breed of coon dogs are extremely fast, agile, and tireless in the pursuit of game. They are extremely vocal with a distinct bawl that allows their owners to easily identify their dogs from great distances.
Treeing Walker coon dogs are not as cold nosed as other breeds therefore making it an ideal dog for competition hunts because they generally only have the ability to smell hotter raccoon tracks. When pleasure hunting on the other hand the walker hound is not always the ideal hound because they can sometimes lack the ability to work a cold or old track.
These dogs are also know for being tree dogs. Meaning they are sometimes less accurate than other hound breeds. This can sometimes be frustrating when training a one of these hounds because they can often make lots of slick or empty trees. Not to worry, with a little "encouragement" most coon hunters can less this bad habit.
Treeing Walker Coon Hounds are the post popular of the coon hound breeds and for this reason they have some of the most impressive pedigrees. This breed is quite possibly decades ahead of other hound breeds in the bloodline department. Also, as stated above Walkers are a very popular choice for competition coon hunters. Personally my favorite breed is the Treeing Walker Coon Hound.