Characteristics of the Treeing Walker Coonhound are that it has large ears, a smooth bicolor or tricolor patterned coat, a brave and courteous personality, and a good sense of smell. These energetic dogs are natural-born hunters with a developed sense of smell. Bred to hunt raccoons, opossums and squirrels, some specimens in the Tree Walker Coonhound breed have the ability to scale trees in pursuit of prey, or alert the hunter with the breed’s distinctive howl.
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a medium-size dog with medium energy. It is an intelligent breed that requires regular exercise and good nutrition throughout the lifetime of each dog. Generally speaking, these are healthy dogs; however, some issues common to all breeds may set in later in life, such as eye disease and hip dysplasia. Tree Walker dogs are prey-driven, meaning it is best to walk this breed on a leash. The life expectancy of this breed is 12 to 14 years.
As short-haired dogs with tan and white coats, Tree Walker Coonhounds require minimal grooming maintenance. Their nails grow quickly, and require regular trimming. They require regular tooth brushing and ear cleaning in order to avoid an infection-provoking buildup of wax and other debris.